Top singer-songwriter and recording artist Charlotte Yates teams up with multi-instrumentalist Show Pony (trumpet/violin/vocals) to showcase songs hot off the press from Charlotte’s latest album release, Then The Stars Start Singing, alongside many loved favourites from her extensive back catalogue in a sizzling two -set show. A beautiful evening of crafty lyrics, luscious harmonies and skilled settings adding extra colour and texture to the confident unguarded emotion that is the hallmark of Yates’ work.
In addition to releasing some fine solo albums and being a member of the wickedly witty When the Cat’s Been Spayed, Charlotte Yates has co-ordinated all-star musical tributes to James K Baxter, Hone Tuwhare and Witi Ihimaera. Then the Stars Start Singing is Charlotte’s seventh studio album and will be available for sale at the concert.
Venue: Prince’s Gate, Monarch Room (entrance on Hinemaru St), doors open 7pm
Licensed bar with EFTPOS
Food and drinks from Prince’s Gate, vegan desserts from Tea n Happiness (EFTPOS available)
CASH only for tickets on the door.
Contact: Karin Vincent 02102381057 or email@example.com
Join us and these two fabulous bands for the last show!
Folk and folk blues for an early Sunday night.
This Way North: “These women are what makes music great. Energy, passion, beautifully crafted songs, kick-arse drummer, and a powerful front woman who combine to make sure you can’t stand still.”
Melbourne duo This Way North releases its latest EP Vol. 2: a must-have soundtrack for weekend road-trips and weeknight lounge-room dance parties.
The release of EP Vol. 2 will see This Way North spend the first half of June performing throughout New Zealand before heading to Canada to continue the international leg of their tour.
Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men: “From the Latin shuffle of the opener here on the self-lacerating My Brain Exploded (“I just can’t focus, I argue with myself”) it is clear this journeyman songwriter and late bloomer (when it came to recording) is stretching into new areas, something very personal.” – Graham Reid, Elsewhere
Auckland country/alternative music mainstay Bernie Griffen returns with his third album with band The Thin Men this May and is hitting the road to celebrate. Titled ‘Doors Wide Open’, the album follows ‘Salvation’ with his band The Thin Men, and ‘Everything So Far’ in 2012 with his band Bernie Griffen and The Grifters. Album out 25th May and first single out 4th May.
Watch ‘My Brain Exploded’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w-ZH8a6lz0
Bernie Griffen has won plenty of followers with his dark, emotive brand of folk-country music, even though he didn’t give himself fully over to music until what has to be called his second half of life.
The album sees the emergence of his musical collaborator, partner and band member Kirsten Warner. They are joined by Chris Kemp on Drums (Kendall Elise, Tony Daunt and the Dauntless, Swampland, Labretta Suede and the Motel Six) and Garry Trotman on bass (The Remarkables, Wire &Wood).
Dubbed Southern Gothic, Bernie Griffen mines a terrain of his own that could also be described as swamp folk or psychedelic country and shows his understanding and feel for his American and Kiwi music roots.
Doors Wide Open may be overall light, brighter and less melancholic than his first two albums. But mortality is sometimes on Bernie Griffen’s mind. When I Die is a love song honouring a lifetime with Kirsten Warner. The ‘sweet sorrow’ of the song is an enduring quality of both their voices and music. It’s the first time the couple have recorded an full album together.
Seven years ago and struggling as a writer Kirsten Warner turned to music and learned to sing and play guitar. She discovered music is indeed joyful and easily as hard a road as writing. However there’s been great progress on both fronts: Kirsten’s first novel The Sound of Breaking Glass will be published by Wellington’s Makaro Press in July this year, and later in 2018 a volume of poetry will be published by Auckland’s Compound Press.
Bernie is a well-known figure in the New Zealand music business and host of the long-running and popular show Border Radio on alternative radio station 95 bFM, specialising in American roots music.
Tickets $20 and pre-sales $15 at Under the Radar
Just to note, this is the last show for The Rogue Stage.
See you there,
Karin and Barry
Looking For Alaska are hitting the road this April in support of their new single “Calling Out,” bringing their tight harmonies and upbeat pop-folk to audiences around New Zealand.
Looking For Alaska offer up a sound rooted in country-style guitar and soaring harmonies woven together at their very fibre, intensified by their magnetic on-stage chemistry.
Having previously performed as a duo and 5-piece band, they have now refined their sound to a hard-hitting trio. They will be returning to Rotorua for the first time since 2017 with their collection of original material, ranging from thigh-slapping, foot-stomping folk sing-alongs, to poignant heart-rending ballads drenched in melancholy.
Photo credit Steve Molloy
Joining them for this show are special guests Albi & The Wolves. An amazing 3 piece from Auckland, they play folk music, but not as you know it. No strangers to Rotorua themselves, they have had a stellar year that has seen them perform in Australia and win the Tui for Folk Album of the year and are excited to be returning to Rotorua for what promises to be an amazing night.
Doors open at 7.30pm, with music starting at 8pm. Tickets are $15 presale, $20 on the door. Pre-sale tickets available online from Eventfinda.
Richard Gilewitz (US)
For nearly four decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His concert performances around the world spill over with unexpected turns of the funnies, thought-provoking takes on life on the road, and tunes that propel the audience on a magical journey of sight and sound. His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between.In addition to his concert performances, his GillaCamp Guitar and Ukulele Workshops, Meet the Artist Seminars, Clinics, and Avenues for Success educational program for schools inspire players worldwide, providing opportunities for music lovers to work on their craft and young players to learn fingerstyle techniques and tips of the trade.
Growing up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Huntsville, Alabama, Richard embraced such diverse artists as The Beatles, Andres Segovia, Kraftwerk, Leo Kottke, J.S. Bach, Arlo Guthrie, John Fahey and Flatt & Scruggs. Soaking up the wealth of inspiration supplied by the assorted acts featured at the Renfro Valley festivals, “The Dr. Demento Radio Show” and “The Midnight Special”, Richard welcomed the challenge of mastering and adapting many styles of music for the acoustic guitar — a trait that continually places him among a multitude of genres.
Richard began honing his skills both as a performer and composer during the late 1970’s at the University of Alabama, playing the local coffeehouse circuit while pursing degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music. Following graduation, Richard placed his musical calling in the background and joined the world of flight simulation design, telemetry and satellite systems.
The 1980’s brought Richard to Florida where he released his first LP recording, Somewhere In Between. As the pull of his passion for performing and recording became so compelling, Richard left corporate life to teach and perform full time in a career that has propelled him into an international music arena. He has gone on to release seven more recordings plus a number of educational materials.
Collaborating with Mel Bay Publications, Richard released Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop; a book based on his guitar workshops, First Lessons: Fingerstyle Ukulele,along with a DVD of “All Time Favorite Fingerstyle Guitar Tunes” and a live performance DVD, “Live at Charlotte’s Web”, as well as several interactive instructional software videos with TrueFire. He is a contributing writer for Acoustic Magazine (UK), Ukulele Magazine (UK), the L2P Network and has been featured in several other trade magazines such as Premier Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Fingerstyle Guitar. He has the nod of several major music companies, including D’Addario, Shubb, L.R. Baggs, and Audio-Technica..
Students around the globe attend Richard’s roving GillaCamp Guitar/Ukulele Workshops and Guitars, Gear, and a Bit of Ukulele Clinics. These interactive experiences provide players an avenue to renew their love of the instrument and hone their craft. Designed for all level of player, these events explore a wide variety of topics in a group and individual setting. Richard also has a number of international students that study with him through Skype and is guest instructor at a number of international guitar retreats including Winterbreak in Australia and Guitar Retreats in the UK. Meet the Artist Educational Outreach takes him into the learning environment at grade/middle/high schools, colleges, and universities as this 1-5 day residency program introduces students to the professional musician. Classes include lectures and instruction. He is on the faculty of Master the Possibilities of Ocala Florida, and is a Sherpa Classroom Instructor with TrueFire.
Today, recognized world-wide as a performer who has a quirky take on everything around him, Richard continues to live up to this depiction with rousing shows filled with offbeat observations combined with his right-hand wizardry and heaps of technique. With Richard’s performances teeming with sparkles of mood mastery and wonderment, he shares a fresh impression of sound to the listener during his concert appearances and at his workshops.
Says Spectrum Magazine, “Much of the charm of a Gilewitz performance is in the stories he tells. He wondered aloud to the audience how many ducks he could take out in a fight if he were to be attacked by a flock of the sneaky waterfowl.”
Whether playing solo, conducting guitar seminars and school programs, or sharing the stage with folks such as Stephen Housden of the Little River Band, Brooks Williams, Michael Fix, The California Guitar Trio, John McCutcheon, John Renbourn, Mose Allison, the late John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Norman Blake, Indigo Girls, or John Hammond, Richard always invites the audience to join his journey filled with twitters, twists, and turns at every tune.
”His performance style is very crisp and precise, allowing the personality of the music to shine through.” Dirty Linen Magazine
The concert will take place at Prince’s Gate Hotel in the Monarch Room, entrance on Hinemaru St. Doors open 7.30pm.
Online tickets $20 and on the door sales $25
Licensed bar with EFTPOS facilities available from inside the venue, warm food to order from Prince’s Gate.
Vegan desserts for sale by Tea & Happiness – Vegan, RAW and Fermented Food Rotorua, NZ (Vegan warm savoury meals to order from Karin Vincent on 02102381057)
For more music, interviews and videos see http://www.richardgilewitz.com/
Photo credit Tom Ford Photography
Two Free Hands Tour – April 2018
About the venue:
Licensed bar inside the venue with EFTPOS facilities
Ticket sales on the door (if available) – CASH only
Vegan sweet treats and warm drinks from Tea n Happiness – cash and EFTPOS
Doors open 7pm, music starts at 7.30pm
Australian Singer songwriter and guitar virtuoso, Daniel Champagne, will bring his Snap Shot Tour to New Zealand this April for his most extensive tour in the country to date. With his captivating performances, characterized by his beautiful lyrics and unique guitar style, Daniel will enchant audiences from Auckland, to Christchurch, and everywhere in between.
“Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magic.”
( themusic.com.au )
Daniel Champagne is established as a world class and internationally renowned performer. How many Australian-born artists can spend the majority of their year touring the globe and selling out show after show in North America, Canada and Europe? And doing it tour after tour after tour? Not many is the answer. In between Champagne finds just enough time to broaden his following in Japan, South America,
Mexico and other countries. Oh yes, and then return to Australia and New Zealand for the sort of touring that virtually no other artist can do in 2018. This comes after Daniel completed a sold out Canadian tour, was a finalist in the International
Songwriting Competition, and officially showcased at the recent Folk Alliance international conference in Kansas City. This headlining national tour starts almost immediately after a run of Australian theatre shows as special guest with Rodrigo Y Gabriela.
Here is a recent review from those shows:
“…Daniel Champagne, now living in Nashville, opened proceedings with an impressive solo set of song and instrumentation that verged on an almost dislike for the acoustic guitar that he was playing. In an entertaining, full body performance, Champagne punched, scratched and physically wrestled beats and harmonics from his instrument to build beautiful atmospheric and sonic landscapes in a completely unique way. At times his exaggerated movements were Peter Garrett-esque as his body contorted and limbs
flailed wildly while he ambushed his guitar. Even the mundane task of tuning his guitar was made entertaining. This was a super talented musician that was as mesmerising to watch as hear. This was a great way to warm up an already eager crowd and worth the entry fee alone.”
Daniel Champagne is not afraid to – and in fact loves – playing both the biggest and smallest stages, cities and towns. That’s perfectly evidenced by his exhaustive April/May/June tour where he plays a seemingly endless array of diverse locations – from capital cities to regional areas. That’s what Daniel Champagne does. He takes an astonishing live show – he really is one of THE finest guitarists on the planet – hops in cars and planes and takes that show to people who want to see him.
Daniel Champagne has evolved naturally and through relentless hard work into a truly international performer with an intensely devoted audience – people who love real music, astonishing guitar playing, great songs, and an artist who knows how to combine all these elements into a magnificent live show. It’s the same show on a tiny makeshift stage in a remote country town as it is at any of the world’s major festivals, or on concert stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, the John Butler Trio
or any of the other artists Champagne has performed alongside.
The SNAP SHOT TOUR will see Champagne performing songs from his acclaimed Fault Lines album plus other favourites and new songs. As an added bonus a Snap Shot album will be sold at this shows. There will only be 1000 copies of this limited edition mix tape of location recordings captured live and real over three days in early January on the far south coast of New South Wales. It includes some new songs, some new versions of old songs and some covers.
NEW ZEALAND SNAP SHOT TOUR
April 11 ~ The Wine Cellar ~ AUCKLAND, NZ – http://bit.ly/2GGyAJs
April 12 ~ Town Hall ~ WHANGATEAU, NZ – http://bit.ly/2F2VoWy
April 13 ~ The Butter Factory ~ WHANGAREI, NZ – http://bit.ly/2F1JBb2
April 14 ~ The Station ~ TAURANGA, NZ – http://bit.ly/2H6IDrg
April 15 ~ Monarch Room ~ ROTORUA, NZ – http://bit.ly/2CFRZrs ($15 pre-sale // $20 on the door)
April 16 ~ Meow ~ WELLINGTON, NZ – http://bit.ly/2sOM5V9
April 18 ~ Tsunami Studios ~ LEVIN, NZ – http://bit.ly/2I3kuDc
April 19 ~ Le Cafe ~ PICTON, NZ – http://bit.ly/2HDQxJM
April 20 ~ Sherwood ~ QUEENSTOWN, NZ – http://bit.ly/2I5bw8y
April 21 ~ Dog With Two Tails ~ DUNEDIN, NZ – http://bit.ly/2GHbimH
April 22 ~ Blue Smoke ~ CHRISTCHURCH, NZ – http://bit.ly/2CEfXTS
“One of the more amazing young percussive guitarists touring the world right now”
– Blank, Gold Coast, Australia
“The word Prodigy seems to entirely fall short of this soft-spoken young man’s skills, he coaxes sounds and melodies out of his instrument that literally drop jaws.”
– The Calgary Herald, Canada
“Today I saw the future of Folk – Festival goers flocking in their thousands towards the main stage to witness the young musical phenomenon from Australia dish out an absolute show-stopper at the evening’ send.”
– Firefly Column, USA
“Still in his … twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene”
– The Dwarf
After finishing his 1st EU tour including shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Tom Lee-Richards is launching his debut Mini-LP ‘Out of the Oddness’ and celebrating with a NZ, Aus and EU tour. Join Tom at the Rogue Stage launch with guests.
Under The Radar are currently premiering the music video for the title track from Tom’s Mini-LP, directed by NZ’s extraordinary Phoebe Mackenzie and Emily Berryman: http://bit.ly/2BGsIAC
“If the tune feels itself like something made by a true one-off, that’s no accident.” – Pop Matters Chicago.
“Idiosyncratic songwriting that expresses a unique artistic vision; in fact, his latest single “Out of the Oddness,” recounts the true story of a very young Tom breaking his arm on the first day of elementary school with a novelistic attention to detail” – ‘The joy of violent movement’ New York.
This is Tom’s first time at The Rogue Stage, we invite all to share his debut moment on our humble intimate stage.
Doors open a little bit later due to a prior meeting taking place at the Monarch – please come at the later time of 8pm to find your seat.
Tickets are on sale at undertheradar.co.nz or buy on the night at the door.
Watch his new single here:
Come and join in a fabulous evening of French song, fun and gypsy swing with NZ’s premier vocal manouche band, La Luna & the Gadjos.
The group will play The Rogue Stage, Prince’s Gate Hotel (Monarch Room) as part of their Bite-sized Tour.
Chanteuse La Luna (Caro Manins) sings vintage Piaf with nerve and verve together with classic songs from the steamy hot clubs of Paris.
Sax-man Roger Manins adds plenty of New Orleans soul, and also on show are the gypsy talents of:
Phillip Beatson – lead guitar
James “le Prof” of the burning violin
Steve Sherry – la pompe
Chris Marshall – contrabass
Tickets are $30 and available at https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/la-luna-the-gadjos/rotorua
For more information, call 02102381057 or email Karin Vincent at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karin & Barry
Cricket Farm are touring this summer in support of our debut album ‘Bending Spoons’, and they are stoked to be playing at The Rogue Stage! Esther Swift, who is an incredible harpist and singer songwriter all the way from Scotland, will be joining them. Come and let them serenade you through Sunday evening.
$15 presales undertheradar
$20 door sales
Doors open 730, show from 8.
Cricket Farm are a three-piece indie-folk/gypsy act hailing from Auckland, New Zealand.
Since their formation in 2016 they have won the hearts of audiences with their quaint and sunny sound, which the band describes as “music for hopeless romantic conspiracy
Cricket Farm is made up of multidisciplinary artist Hayley Robertson, Sims Ross (Yebisu, The Murderchord) and Joel Vinsen (Ijebu Pleasure Club, Spiral, Panhandlers).
‘Hard truths sung in a soft voice, accompanied by plucky Chet Atkins inspired nylon string guitar and ukulele, and coloured with clarinet, acoustic gypsy jazz guitar & weird buzzy electric guitar’.
‘I cried three times’ – sad/happy punter.
‘Cricket Farm sing so sweetly but then there are these intense lyrics. And their dynamic on stage is magic. It’s just really good. No really. I’m serious. It is really just very good.’ – Rohan Evans (Wine Cellar)
‘One of the best shows & audience rapport I’ve seen here; reminds me of the Nukes.’ – Punter, Eggsentric Cafe Whitianga
‘What the f*** is that instrument the singer played and rapped to’ that is the singularly most brilliant performance of a piece of music by one person that I’ve seen in a long time! crazy great.’ – Dave Alley
‘Sounds like Django Reinhardt, but with more arms’. – Will Saunders
Listen here to their latest album, Bending Spoons: https://soundcloud.com/cricketfarm/bending-spoons
Esther Swift has travelled the world extensively with her music making, and embraces many different influences in her virtuosic harp playing composing and song writing. She writes
songs about her homeland of Scotland, drawing on her folk roots, and taking inspiration from nature and the people she meets along the way. An eclectic blend of jazz, folk, classical
and everything in between, Esther will share with you her stories and musical experiences from around the world.
Read more about Esther here: https://www.estherswift.co.uk/
We are much looking forward to this show, I hope you can come!
Karin and Barry
Zarek Silberschmidt and his one man band of strings will be joined by Rhode Workz for one night of all things acoustic. Hosted in one of Rotorua’s most intimate venues, the Monarch Room at Prince’s Gate Hotel and run by Rotorua’s very own Rogue Stage. This is will be an evening of laughter, diversity and most importantly music!
Zarek Silberschmidt –
Characterised by audiences and colleagues alike as a chameleon within his articulation of acoustic guitar performance.
Stylistically defined as remarkably versatile, some would go as far to state, a natural born performer. Zarek’s unique dexterity in the art of shape shifting sounds has been described as simply outstanding by listeners. A spectrum of techniques mastered through a vast comprehension of genre specific qualities, grants his ability to seamlessly accommodate to each
individual performance. With cultural ties from one end of the world to the other, Zarek remains connected to his humble beginnings in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The cultural mix of his antipodean upbringing continues to fuel his passion for exploring musical styles from around the globe.
Leaving New Zealand in 2015 after graduating a Bachelor of Musical Arts, Zarek moved to Switzerland and began to build his career in Europe. He has played several international festivals with some of the highlights being the ‘Swing In The Wind Jazz Festival’ (Estavayer-le-Lac 2016 & 2017) ‘Basel Plucks’ (Basel 2017) and the ‘Contemporary Architecture and Music Festival’ (Basel 2017). These festivals have hosted greats from various disciplines such as Biréli Lagrène, Fred Frith and Sylvain Luc.
Zarek has continued to build his international network, with two tours through Spain (2017), a ‘European Tour’ consisting of 14 concerts throughout Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the U.K (2017), collaborated with industry based organisations such as INDHE (U.K), The Swiss Music Foundation For Young Musicians (Switzerland), as well as becoming an endorsee for RightOn! Straps (Spain).
Zarek is now releasing his first E.P titled ‘Home’ with a tour of Aotearoa. Starting off in New Plymouth with the ‘TSB Bank Festival Of Lights’, there will be shows from Auckland to Oamaru. During this tour he will collaborate with other NZ artists such as Albi and The Wolves, Cricket Farm and Rhode Workz.
Rhode Workz –
Don’t be fooled by their youthful appearance…
Rhode Workz have played at many festivals and shows around New Zealand, including guest spots at Auckland and Wellington Folk Festivals, and Mountaingrass in Australia. You can often see them busking at local farmers markets to raise funds for other festivals further afield. They arrange a majority of their music themselves and love nothing more than to sit down and jam with others. Laurence is 16, Plays Guitar & Banjo, Sam is 14, plays Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar and Bass.. (not all at once!) Nate is 11, who provides rhythm and harmonies. Together with Mum (AKA Tracy) on double bass, and on the occasion Dad (AKA Bruceeee) on guitar you have Rhode Workz.
Zarek Silberschmidt – Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nZKrFCxMR8
Rhode Workz – Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rM3_AsZRPI
Hope to see you there!
In the meantime, have a beautiful festive season!
Karin & Barry