Neil Billington

Sept 13th Concert Guests

Sept 13th Concert Guests

Bob & Kate

Bob & Kate

Bob Cooper-Grundy and Kate Marshall are based in the Wairarapa but play gigs regularly around the southern half of the North Island. The song list veers between swing sounds of Texas, mixed with the blues, bluegrass, something approaching jazz and some Pop songs served up in the Bob and Kate way.

Bob Cooper-Grundy has pursued obscurity now for some 40 odd years, having played with some famous people in London including the drummers of The Pogues and the Woodentops. He enjoys playing blues guitar and singing country songs.

Kate Marshall plays violin, accordion and flute and sings quite beautifully. She started with classical piano and singing in choirs and you don’t have to listen that carefully to hear Bach and Mozart lurking behind Bob Wills and Memphis Minnie.

They have played at most of the folk clubs in the Wellington area, at the Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin Folk Festivals and at Jazz in Martinborough.  You can catch them at many cafes and pubs in the region. Check out their Bob and Kate facebook page for details.  Adding Neil Billington’s astonishing harmonica playing to the mix puts the emphasis on the Blues and provides even more opportunities for swapping ideas and stealing licks.

Bob, Kate and Neil met at music festivals where they would sit around jamming and enjoying each others music and improvisations. These jam sessions often became long musical conversations as the quickwitted musicians tried to outdo or steal ideas from one another. If one of them was performing and spotted the others in the audience, eyes would light up and a sudden guest spot would appear on the bill! Most recently they have played together at a cajun restaurant in Wellington, the Mayfair in Upper Hutt and most recently  at Jazz in Martinborough.

Neil Billington

Neil Billington

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Mark your Calendars

Mark your Calendars

AUG 2020

Aug 14  – BOB COOPER-GRUNDY AND KATE MARSHALL, two of our favourite blues/country/Americana musicians.   7:30 pm at the Scottish Hall, 155 Bartholomew Road, Levin   Cost $10 public/$5 members.   No supper provided so please bring your own.  A limited blackboard will be on to start with a floor spot by Kevin Watson.  Guest concert is after intermission: approx 9pm.   There will be distancing/hygiene measures – masks optional. Please bring exact money for subs/door charge.

August 28 –  Club Night at the Scottish Hall, a circle where anyone can perform, will resume if still in Level 2.  7:30 pm $2

SEPTEMBER 2020

Sept 11  –  GRAHAM WARDROP –  EARLY START 7:30 pm  Cost $10 non-members/$5 members.

Sept 25 –  Club Night at the Scottish Hall, a circle where anyone can perform. Hope to see you there.  7:30 pm $2

OCTOBER 2020

Oct 9 – MARTHA LOUISE with support from PETER MADILL – dulcimer and guitar –  EARLY START 7:30 pm  Cost $10 non-members/$5 members

Oct 23 – Club Night at the Scottish Hall, a circle where anyone can perform.  7:30 pm $2

Also, check out Levin Folk Music on facebook for club concerts, local musical events and house concerts.

D.A.L.E.  – CAFE CONCERTS – held at Country Kitchen Cafe & Waffle House, 3 Muhunoa East Road, Ohau   Come early for a lunch/coffee – Table bookings to dalewebb143@gmail.com or 027 2079695   2-3 pm 

SEPT 20 -2TONE – GEOFF CULVERWELL & ROB KINGI – Latin   Cost:$15/$10 unwaged

OCT 4 – THE FAUSTIANS – Oldtimey Appalachian and Originals  Cost:$15/$10 unwaged

OCT 18 – PIP PAYNE – Bluesman  Cost:$15/$10 unwaged