Double dose of bluegrass for Whangateau

The Rhodes brothers enjoy making instruments as well as music.

Fans of bluegrass are in for a double dip at Whangateau Folk Club this month, with groups from New Zealand and the US booked to appear.

First up are RhodeWorks, three young brothers from the Waikato who play fast-paced, high energy folk covers and original songs, appearing on Wednesday, January 16 at 7.30pm. Laurence, 17, Sam, 15, and 12-year-old Nate are largely self-taught multi-instrumentalists returning to Whangateau for a second time with their soulful vocal harmonies and fiery instrumentals.

Then, on Monday, January 28, the Boston-based Lonely Heartstring Band return with a brand new album, Smoke and Ashes, following their sell-out NZ tour a year ago. Described as “top notch”, “addicting” and “masterful”, the group has a substantial following and regularly attracts rave reviews.

One reviewer said The Lonely Heartstring Band “achieves one of the highest callings of music’s true purpose”.

Comprising George Clements on guitar and vocals, Patrick M’Gonigle on fiddle and vocals, Charles Clements on bass and vocals, Maddie Witler on mandolin and Gabe Hirshfeld on banjo, the band combines soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies.

Their Whangateau show starts at 7pm and tickets cost $25.

Info and tickets: whangateau.co.nz


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