As Kerikeri’s Turner Centre prepares to welcome the world back to Northland over the course of the coming month, aficionados of folk music are in for a treat.
The Irish songwriting duet The Barleyshakes, the slide guitars and velvet voice of Canadian troubadour Jol Fafard, and the eccentric songs and tales of Scottish balladeer Frank Burkitt are all featured in the three Summer Folk Series performances.
Because international performers were now making a comeback to the touring scene, Turner Centre general manager Gerry Paul claimed he had 에볼루션 카지노사이트 been successful in luring a few exciting folk groups to Kerikeri.
On January 25, The Barleyshakes (Ireland/Australia) will open the show with what Paul called the “upbeat sounds of Ireland on lovely sensual violin and passionate guitar.”
Together with original and traditional Irish music, the trio, Alan and Kristin Kelly and their son Rory, will perform works by Scottish, Canadian, and Eastern European composers.
Alan Kelly is the bodhrán soloist on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, which may be familiar to folk enthusiasts who are also fervent Tolkien fans.
On Friday, February 3, Canadian Jol Fafard would perform, bringing a mix of traditional blues and Southern roots music.
Paul claimed that in 2017, he had met Fafard at a music convention in Kansas City and had instantly fallen in love with his music.
He could let go on a resonator guitar, had the “sexy, sandpapered-sounding 먹튀검증 vocal style of the new-generation bluesman,” and recounted stories in between songs with the assurance of a late-night talk show presenter.
On Thursday, February 16, Scottish balladeer Frank Burkitt and his band will wind up the series with a performance that combines “rambling storytelling, top-notch songwriting, and tight harmony.”
It would be their first performance in Kerikeri in 15 years as part of a five-week tour of the entire country of New Zealand.
Burkitt, who spent five years living in Aotearoa but is now back in the UK, won the Best Folk Artist category at the 2019 Vodafone NZ Music Awards for his second album, Raconteur.
Paul predicted that the performance will alternate between Burkitt’s spare, melancholy folk ballads and the band’s own style of “foot-tappin’ Americana.”
Sam Frangos-Rhodes plays double bass in the group, along with Whangrei native Cameron “Dusty” Burnell plays mandolin and slide guitar. Kara Filbey sings.
Paul, a talented guitarist and songwriter in his own right, might be nominated for a folk award later this month.
The Good’n’Greasy record by his bluegrass band T-Bone is a 2023 Best Folk Artist finalist. On January 27–30, the winner will be revealed at the Auckland Folk Festival.
Each of the three all-ages performances begins at 7.30 p.m. in the Theatre Bar of the Turner Centre, and admission costs $25 per evening or $60 for all three. Visit the Turner Center website for further details.