Flora and Sean - Old Lodge Theatre, 7 February 7.30pm
The Young Folk - Old Lodge Theatre, 11th February 2018, 7.30pm
Back of Beyond - Old Lodge Theatre, Sunday 18 February 7.30pm
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Flora and Sean
Old Lodge Theatre
7th February 2018
Flora Knight and Sean Donald are from different corners of the world.
She’s a fiddle player from New Zealand who has previously played with The Eastern and The Lone Pine Specials.
He's a guitar-picker raised in Canada playing in the All Day Breakfast Stringband.
Recipients of the 2017 New Zealand Gold Guitars Overall Runner Up award, including winning the ‘Traditional Country’ and ‘The Freeze Ya Bits of Busking’ sections, the pair formed a musical bond a couple of years ago and have dedicated themselves ever since to gathering stories, songs and fiddle tunes from small communities around the world.
The two met in Toronto before Flora moved to West Virginia to apprentice to an old-time musician there. Several months later they embarked on a pilgrimage of sorts through the Appalachian Mountains and then south to Cajun country. Flora persuaded Sean to accompany her next on a square dancing music tour held in rural halls all over New Zealand, and he’s lived here ever since .
Their self-titled ‘Flora and Sean’ debut record is made up of songs and tunes they’ve gleaned on travels around the US, Canada and Australasia, learning their music from a variety of sources – from mentors and older generation musicians, from those taking part in square dances and honky tonks, and from 78rpm records as well as their peers.
“…a superb set from Sean Donald and Flora Knight, fiddle and guitar, both singing. Close your eyes and it’s music from a crackling old American country and western radio show.” – North and South Magazine
Tickets from the Hokitika Regent Theatre or online here
The Young Folk
The Old Lodge Theatre
7.30pm, 11th February 2018
Described as “One of the most promising young bands to come out of Ireland in several decades” (Maverick Magazine), The Young Folk are touring New Zealand in February 2018.
Hailing from Dublin, The Young Folk marry traditional acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with contemporary production techniques resulting in a sound which has been compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash.
The Young Folk consists of Anthony Furey (vocals/guitar), Paul Butler (vocals/piano/synth) and Tony McLoughlin (vocals/mandolin/bass), all singer/songwriters of exceptional talent. The trio are joined by New Zealander Alex Borwick (trombone/synth/percussion/ban
Alex has been based in Dublin for 6 years where he works as a producer/recording engineer at the world-renowned Grouse Lodge Recording Studio, as well as playing in a variety of touring bands. “I'm looking forward to showing the guys some of my home country, and to connect my life on the other side of the world with my home”.
Tony McLoughlin is looking forward to the band's first visit to New Zealand. “I've heard tales of the stunning landscapes, flightless birds and the lack of natural predators. With some luck New Zealand will be an excellent place to propagate our youthful approach to folk music”.
The Young Folk are signed to UK’s Pixie Pace Records, through which they released their debut album, The Little Battle, in 2014, which went straight to #2 in the Dutch charts and Top 10 in the Irish album charts. Their second album, First Sign Of Morning, was released in 2016. The band have toured extensively all over the USA, Europe, and Australia, and are continually winning over new audiences. Their NZ tour comes directly after performing at the month-long Celtic Connections music festival in Glasgow, January 2018, and is supported by Culture Ireland.
"This is an accomplished musical aggregate that join the microdots between Noah & The Whale and old Greenwich Village Kweskin Jug Band. This is folk in Cuban heels.” - The Evening Herald.
“Up-and-coming Irish rockers of the moment” - Hot Press Magazine
“First-rate alternative folk meets indie pop... First Sign of Morning is a rare and beautiful album... There is a bright future for The Young Folk ahead.” - Soundz Magazine
Tickets at Hokitika's Regent Theatre or online here
Back of Beyond
Old Lodge Theatre
Sunday 18 February 7.30pm
A genre-fluid meeting of kindred musical spirits blending sensitive song-writing and folk sensibilities with wild and courageous improvisation, multi-instrumentalism and a diverse and eclectic mix of originals and remodelled works collected during our various travels. From singer-songwriter to bluegrass to balkan to bollywood to accordion rap and beyond......
Featuring Craig Denham (Beyondsemble, Praguematique, Alpaca Social Club) on accordion, keyboards, whistle and vocals, Nathan Torvik on guitar, mandolin and cello (if they can fit the cello in the van!) - Nathan is also an on and off Beyondsemble member) - and Siobhan Sweeny on guitar and vocals.
Tickets are $20 can be purchased at Hokitika's Regent Theatre or online