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Folk Music in New Zealand

Bev and Jerry 28 Aug 15 - 04:27 PM
GUEST,mg 28 Aug 15 - 04:37 PM
FreddyHeadey 28 Aug 15 - 05:27 PM
Sandra in Sydney 28 Aug 15 - 08:20 PM
Jack Campin 28 Aug 15 - 09:07 PM
vectis 30 Aug 15 - 06:12 AM
vectis 30 Aug 15 - 06:12 AM
Bev and Jerry 30 Aug 15 - 05:06 PM
Jack Campin 30 Aug 15 - 05:50 PM
GUEST,Rugface 31 Aug 15 - 06:36 AM
GUEST,Ana 01 Sep 15 - 05:56 AM
Roger the Skiffler 01 Sep 15 - 08:58 AM
Jack Campin 01 Sep 15 - 09:07 AM
Splott Man 01 Sep 15 - 10:31 AM
Mr Red 01 Sep 15 - 04:52 PM
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Subject: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 04:27 PM

We will be in New Zealand during the last half of September and the first half of October. Except for the first few days in Auckland, we'll have a car and will be touring throughout both islands all the way from Dunedin to Auckland.

We are wondering about folk music venues. We are not bringing instruments so we are mainly interested in singing sessions and folk clubs and maybe a concert or two if it's traditional stuff.

Anybody have any suggestions?

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 04:37 PM

pm me and i can put you in touch with someone possibly


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 05:27 PM

It'll be good to get personal mudcat recs but you could also check

Folk Music Map ...though not many NZ clubs by the look of it.

-if it gives you the option of browser or maps -choose browser , then there should be a search box. Type any NZ town.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 08:20 PM

NZCatters Little Robyn & Gurney will be able to help

Folk and Acoustic Music in New Zealand


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 09:07 PM

I went back there a couple of years ago and the best thing I found was a mostly-Irish session in Nelson (weekly or fortnightly). Friendly bunch, somebody would surely lend you a guitar or mando.

The music shop (Begg's?) in Hamilton seemed pretty clued up and will know what's going on in the Waikato.

In Auckland there are very long-standing folk clubs in Titirangi and Devonport - both singer/guitar stuff, I think. There's a very active Scottish fiddle music group in Lower Hutt (I'm still on their mailing list for their tunes of the month, well edited pdf sheets).


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: vectis
Date: 30 Aug 15 - 06:12 AM

Try http://www.kiwifolk.org.nz/clubs.html

I live in Waihi. PM me if you would like to visit and have a look round this area I have always got a spare bed for visiting folkies.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: vectis
Date: 30 Aug 15 - 06:12 AM

Try http://www.kiwifolk.org.nz/clubs.html

I live in Waihi. PM me if you would like to visit and have a look round this area I have always got a spare bed for visiting folkies.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 30 Aug 15 - 05:06 PM

Vectis:

The closest we will be to you is Rotorua and that's not close! But thanks for the offer and thanks for that link - it's quite helpful and we don't know why we didn't find it ourselves.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Jack Campin
Date: 30 Aug 15 - 05:50 PM

If you are staying in backpacker hostels (usually the best option in NZ, they invented them), you will probably run into travelling folkies everywhere. Just carry an instrument as needed (buy a cheap one in NZ if you don't want to fly with your usual axe).

In Rotorua, we ended up staying at Spa Lodge, which is pretty cheap, dead friendly and more or less a throwback to the 1970s. Has its own low-tech sulphurous hot tub at the bottom of the garden, piped straight up from Hell daily. You never know who you're going to meet in a place like that.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: GUEST,Rugface
Date: 31 Aug 15 - 06:36 AM

The Sprig and Fern on Hardy Street, Nelson feature acoustic sessions - or they did a couple of years ago when I visited. Their web-site suggests that this is continuing. The beer's good too !


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: GUEST,Ana
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 05:56 AM

Hey - welcome to NZ. You'll find all sorts to tickle your fancy, I reckon. All going to plan, here's a link to what's on in Wellington area via an up to date newsletter https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f9f700f7be3e2724ee7c8c0b1/files/2015Balladeer_September.pdf


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 08:58 AM

Round Roturoa and Bay of Islands you should get some real (ie Maori) NZ folk music,albeit aimed at tourists- getting you to join in dance or haka.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 09:07 AM

Look in museums for information and displays about traditional Maori instruments (taonga puoro). Roturua Museum, Auckland Memorial Museum and Te Papa in Wellington all have good stuff. There is a wonderful book about them (by Brian Flintoff) and you can buy fully functional reproductions made by highly knowledgeable NZ craftsmen (expensive though).


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Splott Man
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 10:31 AM

Hi Bev & Jerry. I've got nothing to add to what's gone before, just wanted to touch base with you and am glad you're still busy.

The Kiwi Folk website is a good one.
There's plenty around Auckland - I thoroughly recommend The Bunker in Devonport, the view from the roof alone is worth the visit.
Lots of folk activity around Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin.

Martin Curtis in Cardrona, south of Wanaka is a good contact. He has a website here
It's a pity you're not there a little longer, he runs the Cardrona Festival at the end of October.

Enjoy your stay.

Splott Man (aka Ned)


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Mr Red
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 04:52 PM

If you are doing the touristy stuff in Rotorua be sure to try a hangi (pronounced "hungi"). It is the way they cook food traditionally, taste is earthy, not surprising since it is cooked in the ground. I am pretty sure you will find a cabaret or restaurant promoting the meal. Rotorua is a Maori area.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 06:13 PM

I have occasionally had food cooked in a hangi. (Or rather an umu - the hangi is the meal, the umu is the oven). It's often used for medium-sized public events. Yes, it tastes of mould and roast worms. I suspect this is because the cooks (almost never Maori) are doing it wrong: they dig a fresh hole every time. In a traditional setting, the umu would have been reused regularly, and the walls would dry out and harden like the sides of a tandoor - no conferred grave-like pong.

Maori cuisine is a tribute to centuries of survival in an inedible ecosystem. For a real taste treat, try taro (the kind of yam the Maori brought from Polynesia and mostly abandoned once they got sweet potato cultivation sussed). It looks like grey granite headstones boiled till soft and eats like doormat fibres mixed with wallpaper paste. In some times and places, neither sweet potato nor taro would grow. The fallback starch was fernroot. I've never met anybody who's tried it. I think archaeologists can tell if you've eaten it a few centuries after your death from what it does to your teeth.


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Subject: RE: Folk Music in New Zealand
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 01 Sep 15 - 07:20 PM

Splott Man:

How nice to hear from you after all these years. We recently converted our cassette tapes to digital form and on one of them we found a song we haven't sung in over 25 years so we dusted it off and sang it again. It's called "Farewell to the Rhondda" by Frank Hennesy and you sent it to us on a cassette in a previous century.

Sometimes our trips are centered around folk music but this trip isn't so we only plan to get to two folk clubs, one in Dunedin and the other in Rotorua. We'll be in Auckland for three nights but they're not the right ones for folk.

Mainly we're going for the scenery. If it doesn't warm up in the south island pretty soon we'll need to pack our long underwear!

Bev and Jerry


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