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

November Newsletter

November Newsletter

See all the November news and change of venue to RSA LEVIN for this month.  Click here to read the latest newsletter.

Mark your Calendars

Mark your Calendars

FEBRUARY 2021

Feb 12   – BUTTER WOULDN’T MELT featuring Andrea Reid (dulcimer, vocals), Nick Burfield (guitar/vocals) and Derek Burfield (double bass).  A fun new group singing harmonies, originals, Americana and folk.  Concert begins at 7:30 pm at the Scottish Hall, 155 Bartholomew Road, Levin   Cost $10 public/$5 members/$3 students.   Open mic follows a light supper at approx 9pm.

Feb 26 –  Club Night at the Scottish Hall   7:30 pm TBC

MARCH 2021

March 12   –  Singer/songwriter/southerner RONEL HUNTER begins the evening at 7:30 pm.   Open mic of one song following supper, but please give names to the compere after 7pm.   Cost $10 public/$5 members/$3 students.

March 26 – Club Night, 7:30 pm

APRIL 2021

9 April – THE MADILLIONAIRES  -concert at 9pm.   Open mic of one song so please give names to the compere after 7pm.   Cost $10 public/$5 members/$3 students.

23 April – Club Night, 7:30 pm

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

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EXTRA SPECIAL CONCERT – SATURDAY MAY 1ST – WAI.TAI

Door sales – $20 public/$15 unwaged GC/$10 students  Doors open 7pm

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

APR 18  – MIKE “DR BLUE’ McKEON   Cost: $15/$10 unwaged/senior

MAY 16 –  THE SUTHERLANDS: Cost: $15/$10 unwaged/senior

JUNE 13 – DAVE CHADWICK  Cost: $15/$10 unwaged/senior

JULY 11 – BILL ANGUS   Cost: $15/$10 unwaged/senior