Wairakei Folk Festival // WFF 2017!

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The Rogue Stage presents, in conjunction with Lava Glass Taupo, Jerseybob and Raw Balance NZ, an evening of exquisite live folk music hosted in the magnificent glass sculpture garden of Lava Glass Taupo.
Throughout the day you can enjoy live music from local and international artists performing in the purpose built amphitheater situated at the venue. The soundshell stage, with pond and water feature, is a visual compliment to all events. Lighting up at night, creating an ambient vibe, this will add the final touches to what will be an amzing evening! There is ample seating on the grassy tiered steps for 350 people to comfortably enjoy the music. (Bring your own cushions and blanket please.)

WFF 2017 line-up!

The Bollandshttp://thebollands.com/
Always on the road, New Zealand folk duo, The Bollands, have been singing their infectious foot stomping folk songs since 2011. With their love of travel, music, good friends & fine wine, they have gained a reputation for their passion-filled live shows and heartfelt folk tunes. Their energetic music stems from their upbringing in the folk and roots music scenes in small towns and folk clubs throughout New Zealand. Christian, a hairy folk singer, met Joyce, the not so hairy pianist, at a campfire jam on a remote beach in their home country, New Zealand. They clicked instantly. Since that fate-filled night, they have been playing their passion-filled songs on the road throughout the world. For the past few years Joyce and Christian have been based in Hong Kong touring constantly.

“It’s honest songwriting…with a very unpretentious feel. Traditional motifs are delivered in a modern fashion with relaxed confidence, a cohesive vibe and some great harmonies.” – NZ Musician

Best known in New Zealand as the singer of Alt pop rock band Goodshirt, who’s DIY
approach to recording and 1 shot music video’s made a name for themselves in the early 2000’s with a string of hit song’s including Sophie, Fiji Baby, and Green.Rodney’s solo career began in 2005, when he recorded the Songs
From The Backyard album in New Zealand with UK producer Andy
Lovegrove (Supergrass, The Go Team) “a sweet collection of heartfelt
songs” (4/5, NZ Herald). During this time, Zane Lowe invited Rodney to
play in his band Breaks Co-Op on tour in NZ and the UK – which lead
to a range of gigs from festival slots at Hyde Park Calling, T In The
Park and Oxegen, to TV appearances on Top of the Pops, to a headline tour of theatres in UK.After touring extensively, he decided to stay living in London and put
together his own band of talented musicians – Rodney Fisher & The
Rest – who gigged regularly at folk club nights in London and played by invitation opening for Mumford & Sons, Cate Le Bon, Woodpigeon.

Bob Vincent aka Jerseybob  – https://www.reverbnation.com/jerseybob

For those of you who have been lucky to be charmed by his rich voice, poignant lyrics and melodic harmonies need no introduction to this extraordinary and talented musician, but for those who still feel unsure whether its worth to abandon the couch for….

He has played in some great venues, up and down the country. That means South Island too, including Stewart Island. Bars, cafes, clubs, pubs, streets, house concerts, gardens, beaches, floating pontoons, bowls, ferries, stages, you name it, Bob probably has done it. He regularly amps the crowd at the Mussel Inn, Oneka, a legendary venue with some legendary local brew and home to the Captain Cooker, down in Golden Bay. I think he has a standing extended everlasting invitation by the owner!

He has shared the limelight in NZ with Luke Hurley (NZ artist featured on the ‘Insatiable Moon’ sound track), Panda (USA), Midge McCleary (NZ) and Stu O’Connor (UK). All favourites on the live music scene. NZ-landers have seen Jerseybob play and perform his music for the last 10 years and steadily he has built a group of faithful followers. Some so dedicated, following in his trail to the next stage.

Jerseybob has his own unique style, fusing folk inspired tunes with his quick witted tongue. A blend he has stamped as Folkcomedy. His songs tell tales, from here and from far far away. Tales of love ‘Simple Love Song’, death ‘My Mum’s Mum’, age ‘Wish List’, an old house ‘This Old House’ and living by the sea ‘Ebb and Flow’. He is a man with a gentle soul and he shares his truths so openly and trustingly. His fingers run up and down the familiar fretboard ‘McCleary’s Womb’, as if on a mad coffee rush, pulsating to a deep earthy rhythm, or they just dance ever so gently ‘This One’s for Nibs’. You get more than just a regular guy playing guitar nicely, you get a vibe, a heartbeat, a moment you definitely want to be part of.

You get more than just a regular guy playing guitar nicely, you get a vibe, a heartbeat, a moment you definitely want to be part of. His wife Monika has now joined him on Cajon and adds a driving beat to the acoustic sounds. She also adds a much more attractive look to the worn out troubadours weathered face.. LOL

 Lloyd Akroyd – https://soundcloud.com/lloydakroydmusic

Singer song writer working musician from Rotorua, A blend of Rock,pop,blues/jazz & funk.

Looking for Alaska – http://www.lookingforalaska.co.nz/

Like two weary vagabonds hitch-hiking along the open road with nothing but a guitar and a suitcase of songs and wayward memories, pop-folk duo Looking For Alaska are ready to set the New Zealand folk scene alight.

Members Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard offer up a sound rooted in country-style guitar and soaring harmonies woven together at their very fibre, intensified by their magentic on-stage chemistry. The duo’s familiarity, closeness and authenticity is fuelled by their real-life romance, creating a magnetic performance style that captivates their audience time and time again, and has seen them open for the likes of Fly My Pretties and Herbs, and as a featured act at the Auckland Folk Festival.Having performed together extensively since they bonded during a recording assignment at music school in 2012, Aaron and Amy embarked upon their newest musical endeavour Looking For Alaska two years ago, and have since worked tirelessly to create a collection of original material, ranging from thigh-slapping, foot-stomping folk sing-alongs, to poignant heart-rending ballads drenched in melancholy.

Accompanied by their band, Looking For Alaska have recently emerged from Roundhead Studios where they have recorded their debut album, set for release in October 2016, and accompanied by a nationwide tour.


More acts to be announced soon!

Food, drinks and bar:

Enjoy food from Lava Glass Cafe or from the food trucks parked in the grounds. Lava Glass Cafe is fully licenced, stocking a variety of local wines and beer, including non-alcoholic beverages such as specialty coffees and teas. Eftpos available at Lava Glass Cafe and both food trucks – Raw Balance and Tea n Happiness.

A little bit of history behind WFF
In 2014 The Rogue Stage, a nomad live music theater created by Karin and Barry Vincent from Rotorua, hosted the first of three annual folk festivals at a scout camp near Kerosene Creek. From its inauguration 3 years ago, the Waiotapu Folk Festival has gained a reputation among musicians and music lovers as a festival designed for the attentive listener. Audiences are left spell bound and amazed by the live music presented by artists such as Great North, Bernie Griffen, Adam McGrath, Lonesome Pines (Flora Knight, Ben Woolley, Hannah Harding), Archer, Glass Vaults, Matiu Te Huki, The Bitter Years, Bondstreet Bridge, Lloyd Akroyd, Juan los Bastardos, James Kenyon, Callum Gentleman, Albi (from Albi and the Wolves), Hugh McGinlay, Tourettes, Will Wood, Greg Malcolm and Jenny Ward, Katy Cable, Sonic Delusion, Jerseybob and much much more.
In 2017 we decided to move the festival closer to Taupo, giving the opportunity for Taupo music lovers to experience this unique boutique festival. As it is held in Wairakei, we also decided to keep WFF alive as Wairakei Folk Festival.

Tickets are $30 per adult, $5 for 3 to 13 yr old, $12 for teens 13 to 16, $22 for students and OAP. Family tickets $55 (2 adults and 3 children up to age 13)
Tickets can be bought at Raw Balance NZ and My Music in Taupo or at Musicworks Rotorua. Please pre-order tickets at theroguestage@gmail.com for collection if you require other than single adult tickets.
Contact details:
Karin Vincent 02102381057 or theroguestage@gmail.com,
Barry Vincent 0226441778 or Bob Vincent 0224112889

Ben Salter and the Grawlixes PLUS Shane Hollands and Simone Kaho 11th Feb at The Rogue Lounge

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Ben Salter

Ben Salter is one of Australia’s most highly regarded performers and songwriters. As well as being a founding member of Giants of Science, The Gin Club and the two time ARIA nominated Wilson Pickers, he is an accomplished artist in his own right. His debut solo album The Cat established his penchant for the melodic mixed with the esoteric, whilst follow up EP European Vacation was a diverse collection of collaborations that Salter undertook whilst on a five month overseas writing mission.  He has collaborated, written and performed with artists as diverse as Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Tim Rogers (You Am I, The Temperance Union), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger) and the aforementioned Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), to name a few.  His second full length album The Stars My Destination is due for release May 2015 through ABC music.

Read and listen more here: http://www.bensalter.com.au/

The Grawlixes

Grawlixes are a Wellington-by-way-of-Dunedin indy-folk band intent on inserting themselves into your brain with their intelligent, infectious songs about relationships and not being invited to parties. Continuing the great lineage of artists who bring sadness to their sprightly melodies, Grawlixes’s music often deals in the melancholy with self-deprecating honesty and beautiful boy-girl harmonies, sung by co-founders Robin Cederman and Penelope Esplin.
A recent signee to Home Alone records, following an extensive European tour supporting now label-mates French for Rabbits, Grawlixes will be releasing their moderately-anticipated debut album ‘Set Free’ early 2017.

Read and listen more here: https://www.facebook.com/grawlixesdunedin/

PLUS special guests

Shane Hollands and Simone Kaho will also be performing on the day.

Shane Hollands is a veteran of the New Zealand performance poetry scene. He is well-known for his innovative work with poetical music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal, and his efforts to give other poets a platform to perform; he established performance poetry collective The Literatti, and the NZ national celebration of beat poetry, The Kerouac Effect. He was one half of the art-music duo Beautiful Losers, infamous DJ of the ‘Dirty Wordz’ radio show and is the front-man and poet for the Wordcore band, Freaky Meat.
Freaky Meat has featured at The Oamaru Jazz Festival and The Davies Bay Music Festival, The Titirangi Festival of Music and Prana New Year’s Festival, Coromandel. They have toured extensively around NZ, playing every major city from Auckland to Invercargill and supported Canadian band Ocean Full of Fins on their north Island leg of their national tour.
The Atomic Composition of the Seeming Solid is Shane’s fourth book, released in January 2017. It is eagerly awaited by his fans, a tribute to his vast experience in delighting audiences and making poetry palatable to the masses. Described by Landfall editor David Eggleton as ‘the verbal vortex of Shane Hollands in printed form: the renegade poems of a whisky priest straight out of Beatsville.”

Simone Kaho joined the Literatti in 2011 a scholarship-winning graduate of the International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, who can count Eleanor Catton, Hera Lindsay Bird and Hinemoana Baker amongst their Alumni. Simone bumped heads with Shane on her return to the Auckland performance scene, she quickly stood out as a force to be recognised who takes charge of her audience weaving stories of passion and loss that evoke with a visual resonance.
She is a performer in demand – at bars like The Thirsty Dog to theatres such as Galatos, The Basement and The Mercury.
Lucky Punch, launched November 2016, is Simone’s first book. Written as a series of interlinked prose poems, Lucky Punch straddles the line between poetry and memoir. Simone gives us a window into heady scents, shameful frustrations and missed opportunities as the narrator comes of age in the rich and confusing intersection between pacific and colonial culture.
It has drawn acclaim for “Its bruising ache, its utter clarity (…) I love it” Paula Green – ‘Utterly compelling” Anne Kennedy.

About the event:

  • BYO drinks and meat for the BBQ
  • vegan food to buy from Tea and Happiness
  • BBQ starts at 5pm
  • poetry from 6pm, followed by the Grawlixes and more poetry
  • main act from 9pm

$20 pre-sale at eventbrite.co.nz or Musicworks Rotorua

$25 on the door


Karin 02102381057 / Barry 0226441778


Albi and the Wolves PRE-SALE tickets at Musicworks Rotorua!

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Released today! Pre-sale tickets for Saturday evening’s gig with Albi and the Wolves are available at Musicworks Rotorua. (If you miss this opportunity, you can still buy them online at http://www.eventbrite.co.nz)

For $20 you can scoop up your ticket to see NZ s hottest folk band live in Rotorua! 

The event will be held at Adventure Playground, 451 Ngongotaha Rd. 

Returning to Auckland via Rotorua from an epic 20 day tour, Albi and the Wolves is THE band you want to see this summer. Opening for them is Jim Jones and the People’s Temple from Tauranga. 
It’s a BYO BBQ from 7pm. Tea and Happiness will be catering for vegans and salads to go with you sossie or steak. Cash only please – no eftpos yet. 

Music from 8pm.

Albi and the Wolves – 21st January – Rotorua VENUE CONFIRMED TODAY!

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21st January at Adventure Playground

451 Ngongotaha Road, Rotorua

On January 21st Albi and The Wolves are playing the hoedown of the year at The Rogue Stage to celebrate the release of their Debut Album “One Eye Open” that is being released on the 9th of December.

This hard working Auckland trio will take you on a journey with grand highs and dynamic lows that can only be created by this unique string band. By using only their Voices, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass and Violin they will surprise you with their catchy and relate-able music and a sound bigger than the three of them. In Auckland, they have built a solid rapport with audiences due to their energetic and humorous performances as well as being one of the cities best live bands.

This is the 15th stop as they take on the entire country with performances at a variety of festivals, pubs and lounges and they are excited to do so as this is their first nationwide tour.

Supporting them for this show is Tauranga’s based Jim Jone’s and The People Temple.

Tickets are $20 online at eventbrite.co.nz or pick up a hard copy ticket from Musicworks Rotorua.

$25 on the door (cash only)

Gates open 7pm with BBQ and a feed / social, followed by support act Jim Jones and the People’s Temple at 8pm. Main act, Albi and the Wolves on at 9pm.

Please check http://www.theroguestage.co.nz for updates!

If you’d like to know more check out the single for One Eye Open here:



Season’s Greetings and What’s Next

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The Rogue Stage’s Spring series has come to a close. Thank you to all who has supported the shows, exhibitions and workshops! It was so much fun to meet you and enjoy live and original music with you.

We are back with one public show on 21st January 2017 with Albi and the Wolves & Jim Jones and the People’s Temple. Venue details will be disclosed as soon as I have it confirmed.

Take care and enjoy the festive season with family and friends, stay safe and see you on January 21st!

Kindest and warmest regards,

Karin and Barry Vincent

Venue change! Drum Workshop with Robert Koffie Fugah 

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We had to change venue last minute! We are now at the amphitheater at Toi Oho Mai.

The weather is looking great for the next few days. Come down for a picnic, watch or participate. Concert on Thursday!

For inquiries please phone Karin on 02102381057.