Coming Events

Hobnail

Dates: Thurs 19 April

Tickets $20 through eventfinda.co.nz or Aviary

HOBNAIL are on the road again, performing all over NZ to bring you their stunning new 7th album “Blue Sky Songs”, along with some of their past classic favourites. This is a live show not to be missed! For the uninitiated, it will be a rare treat as one of the country’s best live acts tours the finest album of its illustrious career. “When Hobnail take the stage, they tear into their set with mucho gusto, injecting volume and energy into the evening with their illustrious blend of bluegrass, Celtic folk, pop, and rock’n’roll”. - Nelson Mail

After 23 years together on a long and winding road which has seenthem play venues around the world and throughout New Zealand, “Blue Sky Songs” – HOBNAIL’s 7th album - is a fine distillation of life’s lessons, well learned. Like a well-aged cognac, “Blue Sky Songs” is mature, complex, occasionally fiery, but with great depth and power.

Following the triumph of their most successful album so far “String Things” in 2015, “Blue Sky Songs” is a more acoustic offering. Featuring violins, acoustic guitars and mandolas alongside electric instruments, as well as 3 different lead singers, the result is a beautiful album rich in variety. Their musical craft is clearly on display with thoughtful lyrics and soaring melodies, and a feel good vibe coming from their unique blend of folk and celtic, country and rock.

Hopetoun Brown and the genius of Finn Scholes

Dates: Tuesday 24 April

Tickets $28 from Aviary (cash only) or I-Site.
Brought to Gisborne by Arts On Tour NZ , In Cahoots with The Dome!

Horn-heavy duo and 2017 Taite Prize finalists Hopetoun Brown are joined on stage by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes. Throughout two energetic sets they’ll swap trumpets, saxophones, bass clarinets, tubas, trombones and an assortment of strange keyboard instruments in a programme that moves through blues, soul, funk, jazz, Americana, and stomp.

This fiery trio will play songs from across the Hopetoun Brown cannon, including their brand new long-player Don't Let Them Lock You Up!

“It’s the pervading sense of fun together with a respect for antique jazz, blues, plantation work songs, doo-wop and funk that gives Hopetoun Brown their edge.”- Metro

Looking For Alaska

Dates: Friday 27 April

Presales $15 from Aviary or eventfinda, $20 on the door.

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 visiting Gisborne 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.

Bar open from 5 pm, with music starting at 8 pm.

The Big Muffin Serious Band

Dates: Sat 28 April

Presales $25 from Aviary

The Big Muffin Serious Band (BMSB) is a ukulele-based music performance group from Hamilton, New Zealand.

Formed way back in 1983 the BMSB play instruments and incorporate musical styles which are found in the bush band and skiffle traditions. The theatrical background of members makes for a more visual and humorous street performance style than you'd usually find at a folk/blues gig.

The original line-up involved tea-chest bass, ukuleles, junk instruments and children's toys. This instrumental line-up has remained unchanged to the present.

With tight vocal arrangements The Big Muffin Serious Band is ready to deliver a lively and humorous night of music and performance!

Anthonie Tonnon

Dates: Sat 5 May

Tickets $20 from Aviary or www.anthonietonnon.com

After an Australian tour, and a run of shows and festivals in New Zealand, Anthonie Tonnon is announcing eight more shows in the corners of both islands in April. Tonnon will play music from the recent Extended Player Two Free Hands, and also preview new material as it has been recorded.

The EP and single, Two Free Hands, is Tonnon’s first imprint from two years of international touring and experimentation. The single spent a number of weeks at the top of the NZ alt radio charts at the end of last year, and, due to demand, the CD version of the EP is now available from music stores across the country via Southbound distribution - as well as from Tonnon’s website and bandcamp.

Produced with longtime collaborator Jonathan Pearce, ‘Two Free Hands’ features contributions from Anna Coddington on vocals, fellow band member Stuart Harwood on percussion and drum effects, and Elizabeth Stokes (The Beths, Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes) on french horn. Thom Healey (Tiny Ruins, Dunes) mastered the song. The Extended Player features a new collaboration with and remix by Wellington electronic producer, Michael Upton, also known as Jet Jaguar.

Since releasing Successor - an album which picked up nominations for both the Taite Prize and The APRA Silver Scroll, Tonnon has toured extensively, supporting The Veils and Nadia Reid in North America and Europe, and The Chills on a thorough tour of New Zealand, as well as his own headline tours in the USA and Australasia. Over that time, Tonnon has developed a one-of-a-kind show that combines both electronic and traditional instrumentalism, theatricality and dance.

Monty Bevins

Dates: THURS 17 MAY

MONTY BEVINS - Lovers Again Tour
Presale tickets $10 from Aviary, Raglan Roast, or www.montybevins.com

Much loved kiwi troubadour Monty Bevins hits the road this May and June to celebrate the release of his new single Lovers Again. Joined in Gisborne by artist Paul Jackson, his tour will span small towns to cities, theatres to bicycle shops!

Known as a touching, spirited performer, whose soul - folk songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories, Bevins has built a loyal following throughout his homeland. With a warm rich voice and articulate guitar grooves, he digs out and distills themes of tenderness, personal revolution and adventure.

Perpetually touring, at a pace that allows encounter, Monty draws inspiration from the stories of the people he meets...

"Lovers Again was a song I wrote about on an older couple I met in Arthurs Pass whose three girls have all since moved out into the world, leaving Mum and Dad at home in a big house in Woodstock (Canterbury).

That's where I went round to visit them on the day they were getting set to move out, south to a smaller place, struggling to turn the page as they pointed to the spot on the floor their eldest daughter had taken her first steps, and the height markings etched into the door frame..." Monty Bevins

"I was pleasantly surprised with his obviously honed and crafted live performance, as he effortlessly intertwined elements of folk, roots and soul together" Poppy Tohill, 13th Floor.

POVERTY BAY BLUES NIGHT

Dates: First Tuesday of the month

The best in live music!

Come down on the first Tuesday of the month for the best selection of local music at the Poverty Bay Blues Night. Each month sees a new line-up of musicians giving us a taste of what they've got.

Doors open at 7pm, bands start 8pm. Just $5 on the door