Folk it up!

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4 th December

The Frank Burkitt Band

Shambles Theater Auditorium


$20 presale/$25 on the door

$12 OAP/Student

The Frank Burkitt Band is a full 5 piece folk band – double bass, guitar, fiddle, mandolin & vocals. Frank Burkitt originates from Scotland, where he has been building his craft in his native Edinburgh, playing traditional folk in traditional Scottish pubs for the good of past 10 years. He relocated to Wellington in 2014 and assembled a fine bunch of local musicians to sing songs with and consequently persuaded to go on tour with. If you look closely, you ll see a familiar face in the band – Cameron “Dusty” Burnell – an excellent multi-instrumentalist whom we have seen perform with Rob Joass’ Hardcore Troubadours at Vegas City Limits (2014). The other members are: Krissy Jackson (Fiddle), Kara Filbey (Backing Vocals and Percussion) and James Geluk (Double Bass).

The word on the street is that he (Frank Burkitt) is a great song writer – one reviewer, Matt Herrett from New Plymouth (after their sold out Studio 64 show) said, “Frank has a very rare talent for songwriting. There are many people who write good songs. To be honest, anyone can write a good song with a bit of coaching and a book of tricks. Not many have the ability and tenacity to write GREAT songs. Frank has that in spades. His band of virtuosos (Krissy Jackson, Cameron Dusty Burnell and James Galuk take these great songs and give them flight. It’s astonishing and frankly, world class.” 

Frank has previously had very successful tours in North America, Australia and in NZ. For us here in Rotorua, it ll be an absolute treat to be immersed in original song writing as to what Frank can offer.

‘Burkitt – backed by his four-piece band – hollered, crooned and generally swooned his merry way through a plethora of footstomping ditties.’ Edinburgh Evening News.

To read more & listen to the new album, I suggest following this link and checking out his website. This tour is in aid of their brand new album release: Fools & Kings.

Tickets are on sale at Musicworks Rotorua and at Eventfinder NZ.


Hobnail – Celtic Rock from Wellington – 20 Nov – Rerewhakaaitu

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Hobnail Nov posterComing very soon to Settlers’ Hall, Rerewhakaaitu!!

20th November – doors open 7pm, music starts at 8pm.

Next Friday evening you want to drive out to the Settlers’ Hall in Rerewhakaaitu and experience a night of good old fashion live music entertainment in the country! A 15 min drive from Rotorua, or if you live in Rerewhakaaitu, a short stroll to the hall, will have you engaging in great live music presented in famous The Rogue Stage’s trademark – friendly, open to all, inviting and the best characteristic of all – great music!

Hobnail is celebrating 21 years together and for the occasion they have recorded a brand new album, ‘String Things’. 

Hobnail’s ‘String Things’ is a collection of traditional folks songs – ‘Like a hurricane’ N Young and ‘A girl called Johnny’ M Scott, mixed with their own great hits – ‘Where the wild things are’ R Joass, ‘Pot of Gold’ R Joass (such a beautiful melody!) and ‘Good night’ R Joass.

The album was initially recorded at The Surgery by Andrew Downes with an array of outstanding musicians – Wayne Mason, Alan Norman, Kim Bonnington, Cameron Burnell and Janeck Croydon. The album features piano, accordian, mandolin, fiddle and mixed beautifully by Rob Joass himself. It really feels like a celebration of many years playing music together. On this tour you ll see 4 band members, Rob Joass, Jo Moir, Hamish Graham and Caroline Easther – two of which have been playing together since the start.

Last year, about the same time, Rob brought Hardcore Troubadours to Vegas City Limits and we enjoyed a night of outstanding musicianship. A guarantee that next Saturday will be the same! Some of you might have seen Rob perform when he toured with Too Many Chiefs and played at Shambles Theater Rotorua. Great song writer and great musician.

The Rogue Stage is adding to the celebration by releasing the first 40 tickets at $20 each, thereafter tickets will be sold at the normal price of $25. OAP and Students are $12 and under 12’s free.

Available to buy from Musicworks Rotorua, and Eventfinder.

Find out more about this iconic folk rock band at their website:

How to get there:

Galatea Markets with Stretch and Looking for Alaska NZ!

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Galatea market

Galatea Markets is on next weekend! 14th November me and my good friends, Stretch and Looking for Alaska NZ, are at the market providing entertainment while you shop! Free entry

You can find out more about Stretch at his website:

And more about Looking for Alaska NZ at their Facebook Page:

Both acts have an extensive repertoire to add a lively atmosphere to the market – ranging from self penned originals to covers of their favourite songs.

Here is a link to Galatea Markets’ Eventfinder page:

See you there!

Hopetoun Brown – Auckland Village Music (Concert Review)

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Source: Hopetoun Brown – Auckland Village Music (Concert Review)

An incredibly special concert tomorrow in Rotorua. In 1994, since the release of Supergroove’s first album, Nick and Tim have entertained audiences not only in NZ, but in USA, UK, Australia AND South Africa!

As Hopetoun Brown, this is their first album as a duo. Burning Fuse is going to be a collectors hot cake! You can get yours tomorrow and see them play it live.

Entry $30 per adult, $12 per student. Bring cash for an album.

They will also make a special appearance at McLeod’s Booksellers tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for updates.

Hopetoun Brown – Rotorua Museum – 1 Nov. Tickets are selling fast!

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Hopetoun Brown is live in our beautiful museum in Rotorua on the 1st of November. Tickets are for sale at Musicworks Rotorua, Rotorua Museum and through my site at Eventbrite.

More information here at Eventfinder.

$30 per person

Here is a preview of what is to come:

ANZ Community Day Event at The Strand, Tauranga – 24 Oct

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ANZ Community Day – Edgewater Fan, The Strand, Tauranga

A line-up of local artists and musicians from Bay of Plenty, featuring Solomon Muir, Santiago, Jim Jones & the People’s Temple, Dhaivat Mehta, Rupal Mehta, Zvi Indyk, Piccolo Ormsby and Lisy-Mo Adlam.

Music starts at 11am until 3pm

See more below:


Solomon Muir (Tauranga) – Folk, singer songwriter, strong roots in Kirtan. Beautiful and soulful, gentle acoustic guitarist and warm vocals



Santiago (Tauranga) – Latin American flamenco



Jim Jones and the People’s Temple (Tauranga) – folk rock



Dhaivat Mehta (Tauranga) – poetry


Rupal Mehta (Tuaranga) – Women’s Theater with Paola, accompanied by piano



Zvi Indyk (Hamilton) – fingerstyle acoustic, uplifting vocals



Piccolo Ormsby (Tauranga) – soulful roots, acoustic



Lisy-Mo Adlam (Opotiki) – soulful songstress, loop pedal voice overs, acoustic guitar

On sound is the wonderful Matt Sephton from Coro Sonic Lab!

Forecast is for a windy, slightly wet day – wrap up warm, bring a brollie and come dance with us!

Hopetoun Brown at Rotorua Museum!

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Music at the Museum – Hopetoun Brown – Presented by The Rogue Stage and Rotorua Museum

If you’ve ever seen Supergroove perform you may have noticed the bouncing horn section of Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson. The pair recently formed a band called Hopetoun Brown which revolves around Tim’s big soulful voice coupled with the deep tones of Nick’s bass clarinet. Catch them on Sunday 1 November 2015 setting Rotorua Museum alight with their special kindling of blues, stomp and soul!

Back in their school days Nick and Tim fell in love with the unique sounds of New Orleans. Since then they’ve worked on sharpening their skills on that classic Southern repertoire, but late last year something happened that changed their sound. Tim started to sing that Big Easy classic Saint James Infirmary. When the bass clarinet picked out the bass-line Hopetoun Brown was born. “There’s such a natural balance between Tim’s voice and sound of the low clarinet” says Nick. “They’re very complementary, almost complete.”

Since then they’ve been gigging around central Auckland haunts like the Portland Public House, Golden Dawn, The Wine Cellar and the Leigh Sawmill.

The duo have recently recorded at The Lab Studios in Mt Eden, with their first track Demanding Blues available digitally.

Rotorua Museum Café will be open from 6pm with a tasty dinner menu, pre-ordered platters and drinks. Doors to the lower foyer will open at 7pm where a bar will be available for drinks and light snacks. The show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are $30 per person or $12 for students and tickets are on sale from Rotorua Museum reception, Musicworks (1141 Pukuatua Street), or through The Rogue Stage at

For further information contact Karin Vincent, The Rogue Stage, phone 021 0238 1057
Special thanks for support provided by Coromandel Sonic Lab and Musicworks Rotorua.

Image credit: Hopetoun Brown: Nick Atkinson and Tim Stewart. Photograph by Steve Dykes

Doors open 7pm and music start 7.30pm

Here is a taster of what is to come!