What do you do when you’ve got a beautiful wooden 110+ year old hall with amazing acoustics in your neighbourhood? You invite talented musicians to come play there, of course. And then you invite everyone in the community to come out and watch them and hang out together.
The Whangateau Music Series began in 2013 with 3 shows. For the first two years it was very casual and intermittent. But as word of our lovely venue spread we began receiving more requests from visiting musicians to play. And it also became apparent that there were enough musicians and enthusiasts in the area to warrant more frequent engagements.
In November 2014 we started the Whangateau Folk Club (we like to call it the Acoustic Music and Social Club). Club nights are the last Monday of the month. Club nights begin with one hour of floor singers. All interested musicians* are invited to put their name down to perform two numbers. In the second half, we will either have a guest band or a jam night, or just floor singers all night long.
Everyone who wants is welcome to join in. Anyone who would rather sit and chat and listen is welcome as well.
* Acoustic musicians only, please. No drum kits or keyboards. And definitely no laptops. We will have microphones and a rudimentary PA, but no amplifiers. If it can conceivably be played at a campground, it’s probably OK.
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