Tiny Ruins at The Rogue Stage 14 June!

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The magnificent Tiny Ruins is visiting Rotorua next month!

“​…One of the best acts to harness the power of dark folk…Expansive, experimental and exciting.” – Hhhhappy

Tiny Ruins embark on an 11- show tour of their home turf this Winter.

Following her ‘Hurtling Through’ collaboration with The Clean’s Hamish Kilgour, and ‘Dream Wave’, a 7″ single recorded with film director David Lynch, Hollie Fullbrook returns with her spellbinding live band to bring a new set of songs to some of the most intimate and celebrated venues in the land.

Laying the groundwork for the release of their third album, now in its final stages of recording, the four-piece will be visiting small towns and big cities alike, showcasing new material alongside favourites from their award winning back catalogue Some Were Meant for Sea, Haunts, Brightly Painted One & Hurtling Through.

Tickets are strictly sold online at undertheradar.co.nz or cash on the door for $25 (if there are tickets left).

The venue for this show is the Monarch Room, Prince’s Gate Hotel, Rotorua.

Great article! Richard Gilewitz “strangest man in acoustic guitar….” Read more!

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“You know what? New Zealand has a respect as a country you don’t see with other places. I’ve played all over the world and I have never heard anyone say a serious bad word about New Zealand, it just doesn’t happen,” Gilewitz said.

That comment made me smile!

Tickets are available online at www.theroguestage.co.nz or from Musicworks Rotorua (cash only).

$20 per adult, $10 for students and $5 for unwaged attendees.

There will be an assortment of couches and cushions. Please bring along your own fold up chair if you one handy.

Tea & Happiness will have warm (vegan) food for sale, as well as Turmeric Lattes, kombucha and Hug in a Mug (a vegan hot chocolate).

See you Sunday,

kind regards,


Richard Gilewitz 14 May Rotorua

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“His quick wit and twisted sense of humor has made him an entertainer as well as a fine guitarist.” Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

For nearly four decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His concert performances around the world spill over with unexpected turns of the funnies, thought-provoking takes on life on the road, and tunes that propel the audience on a magical journey of sight and sound. His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between.In addition to his concert performances, his GillaCamp Guitar and Ukulele Workshops, Meet the Artist Seminars, Clinics, and Avenues for Success educational program for schools inspire players worldwide, providing opportunities for music lovers to work on their craft and young players to learn fingerstyle techniques and tips of the trade.

Growing up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Huntsville, Alabama, Richard embraced such diverse artists as The Beatles, Andres Segovia, Kraftwerk, Leo Kottke, J.S. Bach, Arlo Guthrie, John Fahey and Flatt & Scruggs. Soaking up the wealth of inspiration supplied by the assorted acts featured at the Renfro Valley festivals, “The Dr. Demento Radio Show” and “The Midnight Special”, Richard welcomed the challenge of mastering and adapting many styles of music for the acoustic guitar — a trait that continually places him among a multitude of genres.

Richard began honing his skills both as a performer and composer during the late 1970’s at the University of Alabama, playing the local coffeehouse circuit while pursing degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music. Following graduation, Richard placed his musical calling in the background and joined the world of flight simulation design, telemetry and satellite systems.

The 1980’s brought Richard to Florida where he released his first LP recording, Somewhere In Between. As the pull of his passion for performing and recording became so compelling, Richard left corporate life to teach and perform full time in a career that has propelled him into an international music arena. He has gone on to release seven more recordings plus a number of educational materials.

Collaborating with Mel Bay Publications, Richard released Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop; a book based on his guitar workshops, First Lessons: Fingerstyle Ukulele,along with a DVD of “All Time Favorite Fingerstyle Guitar Tunes” and a live performance DVD, “Live at Charlotte’s Web”, as well as several interactive instructional software videos with TrueFire.   He is a contributing writer for Acoustic Magazine (UK), Ukulele Magazine (UK), the L2P Network and has been featured in several other trade magazines such as Premier Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Fingerstyle Guitar. He has the nod of several major music companies, including D’Addario, Shubb, L.R. Baggs, and Audio-Technica..

Students around the globe attend Richard’s roving GillaCamp Guitar/Ukulele Workshops and Guitars, Gear, and a Bit of Ukulele Clinics. These interactive experiences provide players an avenue to renew their love of the instrument and hone their craft. Designed for all level of player, these events explore a wide variety of topics in a group and individual setting. Richard also has a number of international students that study with him through Skype and is guest instructor at a number of international guitar retreats including Winterbreak in Australia and Guitar Retreats in the UK. Meet the Artist Educational Outreach takes him into the learning environment at grade/middle/high schools, colleges, and universities as this 1-5 day residency program introduces students to the professional musician. Classes include lectures and instruction. He is on the faculty of Master the Possibilities of Ocala Florida, and is a Sherpa Classroom Instructor with TrueFire.

Today, recognized world-wide as a performer who has a quirky take on everything around him, Richard continues to live up to this depiction with rousing shows filled with offbeat observations combined with his right-hand wizardry and heaps of technique. With Richard’s performances teeming with sparkles of mood mastery and wonderment, he shares a fresh impression of sound to the listener during his concert appearances and at his workshops.

Through mutual friends and connections, it is an honour to host Richard at The Rogue Stage.

Venue will be disclosed closer to the time of the event and will be carefully chosen according to the amount of people registering to attend. Tickets are $30 and you can pre-order yours online at eventbrite.co.nz.

The first 10 tickets will have a discounted price, enter this PROMO code when you buy online and get your tickets for $20 each.

Doors open at 6pm and concert starts at 7pm. A warm up act, Adrian Forbes, will be playing Tommy Emmanuel hits to get us in the mood.

Thank you,


wet weather BACK UP PLAN 25 March WFF 2017

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Wet weather can not stop us from having a good time! An amazing effort from the Taupo Team – Bob Vincent, Monika Vincent, Carolyn Vincent, Ashley Pirie and April Nisbet – the event has been saved!

New (dry) venue: Spa Hotel, 281 Spa Road, Taupo (Venue is right next to a Holiday Park – great for those looking for an overnight stay.)

Starts at 6pm and finishes at 10.30pm.

Cost $20 per adult, free for children under 16, $5 for students 16 to 18 and $40 for a family.

Also special thanks to Tweed and The Bollands for coming down from Auckland to play for us all!

wet weather back up plan



WFF 2017 Cancelled 25 March

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Dear all, 
Barry and I would like to say thank you to all the many friends who have supported us in putting together The Rogue Stage’s annual folk festival every year. A lot of planning goes into it and it’s all because we love live music and love creating an authentic experience for you.
Something which started as a little festival in the woods, The Rogue Fest, doubled it’s size and grown into Waiotapu Folk Festival (twice) and recently into Wairakei Folk Festival – which was planned to be hosted at Lava Glass Wairakei. A fantastic venue suitable for 350 people. 
Sadly and most unfortunate, the wet weather forecast forced us to find a new venue. In the meantime the festival morphed into a new name, WORLD folk festival, as we were deciding which indoor venue would be suitable.
We looked at all options and the people of Taupo have been extremely accommodating. Trying their best to help. Thank you so much team Taupo, you are amazing!
So, after a long deliberation and discussion, keeping in mind the weather forecast is for 5 days of rain, the heaviest downpour expected on Saturday, we consequently decided not to go ahead with WFF 2017.
We have cancelled the venue, all the artists and workshop facilitators, food trucks and service providers. It’s been a long process and not the easiest of tasks. 
We apologize to each and everyone who was so excited to come, taking days off work and organizing accommodation in Taupo. We appreciate the enthusiasm and support. It would have been a beautiful day with fantastic live and original music by a splendid array of talented musicians. We are deeply sorry.
Musicworks Rotorua and Raw Balance Taupo is happy to assist with refunds. Please take your original tickets in to receive your refund. As for those who bought it online, I will today issue credit refunds.
Silver lining:
All is not lost as local musicians from Taupo have rallied together to still continue with a night of music. You are all invited to join us and updates will be posted soon of this event.
Kindest and most sincere regards,
Karin & Barry