Joel Fafard – Canadian Blues at Rerewhakaaitu Settlers Hall

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17th April at Settlers Hall, Rerewhakaaitu, 14 Ash Pit Road

Award-winning guitarist Joel Fafard performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. He sings with the sexy, sandpapered-sounding vocal style of the new-generation bluesman. He tells his hilarious between-song stories with the confidence of a late show host delivering his monologue. And when he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award for his skills on the axe. With his latest albums, Cluck Old Hen and Borrowed Horses, along with his live show, Fafard is using his uncommon skill as an entertainer to embark on a new musical mission: breathing new life into grand old numbers like “Ain’t no grave,” “Sitting on top of the World,” “Spoonful,” and “Long Black Veil.” His performances are as authentic as those of a Beale Street busker but infused with a touch of contemporary urban attitude. And his live show is pure polish and professionalism.

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Tix are $15 per person, $20 on the door.

Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 8pm


Hannah in the Wars – ft Hannah Curwood, Ivy Rositter and Will Wood – Sunday 19th April

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Previously Hannah has released 2 records, Sky Above, Horse Below (2007) and The Blind Love EP (2009).  Both received to resounding critical acclaim, tracks such as murder ballad It’s Been Snowing All Winter brought attention to Hannah’s use of dark lyrics, twisted imagery and ethereal melody to earn her a place as one of New Zealand’s celebrated alternative folk writers.

Now based in London, Hannah in the Wars is a new project, the result of working side by side with Roger O’Donnell of The Cure and a handpicked group of musicians.  The songs are lyrically robust, emotional narratives – Curwood’s distinctive and powerful voice is accompanied by Telecaster, piano, various synth offerings, delicate string arrangements and the brooding pulse of an orchestral percussionist on the kit.  

O’Donnell has supported the band by offering up his country home studio as a recording base, as well as providing guidance with vocal performance, arrangements and his expertise in synth programming.

The resulting 10 songs bring the likes of P J Harvey, Anna Calvi, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling and Smog to mind – delicacy entangled with intensity.  The album is currently being mixed by Paul Corkett (The Cure, Nick Cave, Bjork) and will be released on 99X10 records in May 2014.

Listen to a preview of the Hannah in the Wars album:

Hannah will be joined by Will Wood and Ivy Rositter

The concert will take place at Cinema 1, limited seats available. Book early to guarantee your comfy seat for this show. Come early for front row seats :)

Bar available at The Wall Bar, also serving delicious coffees

Tickets are $15 pre sale from Musicworks (cash sale)

$20 on the door

Anthonie Tonnon concert postponed to later date

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Apologies if you were booked to come on Thursday or planned to buy tickets on the door for Anthonie Tonnon s concert. It was a mutual decision to move the concert to a later date when things are not so crazy in Rotorua – Crankworx and Rogue Folk Music Fest this weekend.

Anthonie is an amazing performer and with so much on in our wee town, we felt that it would be so much better to make it a weekend focus so that many more of you can have the opportunity to attend. Thank you so much for all your kind messages and inquiries, yes, it will definitely happen!

A Friday or Saturday weekend date in June is being considered at this stage.

Kind regards


Anthonie Tonnon gets 5 stars – NZ Herald album review by Lydia Jenkin

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Late last night I came across this!

anthonie tonnon review

Read full review here: NZ Album Review

So great that he is playing a special one off show at Rerewhakaaitu Settlers Hall next Thursday. Tickets still available at, this blog and cash sales from Musicworks Rotorua.

Anthonie Tonnon at Rerewhakaaitu Settlers Hall Thursday 26th March

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Anthonie Tonnon (Tono and the Finance Compnay) is performing an one-off solo show at Rerewhakaaitu Settlers Hall as a warm up show for the upcoming The Rogue Stage Folk Music Festival. Anthonie’s performances are very entertaining, as someone commented recently: “a very clever wordsmith, telling our local stories. We very much enjoyed his session at Chick’s Hotel in Port Chalmers on Saturday it was packed!”