What we think you should know about:
Southern Fork Americana Fest: This is one of my favourite times of the year in Auckland. A week of amazing music from around the world and the country. This year will be no different, with a star-studded list of bands playing. From around NZ: The Eastern, Eb & Sparrow, The Bads, The Miltones, Tom Cunliffe, Reb Fountain, Hopetoun Brown, Dead Little Penny, Lubin Rains. And the headline acts from overseas: Justin Townes Earle, Son Volt, Joshua Headley, The Sadies, Traveler, Robbie Fulks. All of the info you need can be found on the Tuning Fork website. Stay tuned as we hopefully line up some chats with the bands!
The Wellington Independent Music Showcase is on at the end of the month in Wellington, if you are in the capital. See our interview with Frank Burkitt about why he started the showcase.
Herriot Row celebrates his newest album at the Wine Cellar on 29th September, with support from Mali Mali, a rare treat.
Wheel of Experience are back at it on October 4th at Freida Margolis. This is an amazing stage show and well worth checking out if you missed it last month in New Lynn.
Australian Hugh McGinlay, who we loved when we saw him at the Rogue Stage Festival a couple of years ago, is back at the Wine Cellar on October 10th, joined by Bernie Griffen & Kirsten Warner and Eyreton Hall.
Mahoney Harris is playing a rare gig at the Wine Cellar alongside a duo version of Eyreton Hall on the 12th October.
A Tower of Song - Leonard Cohen Tribute: Bernie Griffen has pulled together a stellar lineup doing Leonard Cohen songs and their own, with Bernie Griffen, Kirsten Warner, Will Saunders, Caitlin Smith, Tony Daunt, Martha Louise, Steve Abel, Chris Priestley and friends. 13th October at the Wine Cellar!
Barebones Folk Club: Not quite a new folk club, just a change in name for the Thirsty Dog Folk Club, and a change in location. Kirsty Bromley is performing on 15th October, venue to be confirmed, so keep an eye out here.
Auckland Folk Festival: A little spoiler for those of you who know I play a role in that Festival. Announcements for our 2018 lineup begin on October 2nd, so keep an eye on their Facebook page and I'll try get it up here when I land in Europe!
Two brilliant albums to sink your ears into:
Flora Knight & Sean Donald's traditional, yet contemporary country album. Their self-titled debut, and a ripping good one at that.
Reb has done it again, after her stunning EP in June, she's released Little Arrows, a perfect album. Reb Fountain has launched herself into the hearts and minds of everyone with these two releases and they're arguably both in my top 5 of the year, not something that often happens from one artist in a calendar year!