Karin Vincent

Cricket Farm and Esther Swift (Scotland) live at Rogue Stage 4th Feb

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Cricket Farm are touring this summer in support of our debut album ‘Bending Spoons’, and they are stoked to be playing at The Rogue Stage! Esther Swift, who is an incredible harpist and singer songwriter all the way from Scotland, will be joining them. Come and let them serenade you through Sunday evening.

$15 presales undertheradar
$20 door sales
Doors open 730, show from 8.

Ticket link: http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/58179/N/Cricket-Farm-with-Esther-Swift-Scotland.utr

Cricket Farm are a three-piece indie-folk/gypsy act hailing from Auckland, New Zealand.
Since their formation in 2016 they have won the hearts of audiences with their quaint and sunny sound, which the band describes as “music for hopeless romantic conspiracy
Cricket Farm is made up of multidisciplinary artist Hayley Robertson, Sims Ross (Yebisu, The Murderchord) and Joel Vinsen (Ijebu Pleasure Club, Spiral, Panhandlers).


‘Hard truths sung in a soft voice, accompanied by plucky Chet Atkins inspired nylon string guitar and ukulele, and coloured with clarinet, acoustic gypsy jazz guitar & weird buzzy electric guitar’.

‘I cried three times’ – sad/happy punter.

‘Cricket Farm sing so sweetly but then there are these intense lyrics. And their dynamic on stage is magic. It’s just really good. No really. I’m serious. It is really just very good.’ – Rohan Evans (Wine Cellar)

‘One of the best shows & audience rapport I’ve seen here; reminds me of the Nukes.’ – Punter, Eggsentric Cafe Whitianga

‘What the f*** is that instrument the singer played and rapped to’ that is the singularly most brilliant performance of a piece of music by one person that I’ve seen in a long time! crazy great.’ – Dave Alley

‘Sounds like Django Reinhardt, but with more arms’. – Will Saunders

Listen here to their latest album, Bending Spoons: https://soundcloud.com/cricketfarm/bending-spoons


Esther Swift has travelled the world extensively with her music making, and embraces many different influences in her virtuosic harp playing composing and song writing. She writes
songs about her homeland of Scotland, drawing on her folk roots, and taking inspiration from nature and the people she meets along the way. An eclectic blend of jazz, folk, classical
and everything in between, Esther will share with you her stories and musical experiences from around the world.


Read more about Esther here: https://www.estherswift.co.uk/


We are much looking forward to this show, I hope you can come!

Warm regards,

Karin and Barry

Emma Wall

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Emma Wall joined us in Rotorua for a house concert as part of her NZ Solo ‘Shiny New Toy’ album release tour. She played in 6 venues – Southern Cross (Wellington), St Peter’s Hall (Paekakariki), Cabana (Napier), Rhythm (NP), The Rogue Stage (Rotorua) and The Wine Cellar (Auckland) with her band members – The Urban Folk. Along the way she met up with NZ musicians and together put on heartfelt shows which was reflected in the sincere comments the day after.

It was a privilege to host Emma and Renee. Both are exceedingly witty and brimming with humorous obscenities to make you giggle for a day or two. Musically Emma is an artist whose songs come from deep within. She walks barefeet on the stage, strums her first chord and from the first note, you know its going to be great. Emma has a deep spiritual element to her work and we are so grateful for the joy she created. We will all remember her classic roll on roll off!

A handful of happy souls returned to their normal everyday lives, richer in knowing that they have heard Emma Wall live.

Big love n blessings,

The Rogue

A fun Sunday,

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From a sleepy daze I got woken up by a strong cup of freshly ground coffee made by Bob, brought to me by my darling husband, Barry. Felt awful to be last one to be up, but networking till the tiny hours of the night, does regretfully result in unsociable waking hours. Anyhow, the coffee hit my nervous system and wake up I did, full ceremony of legs dashing off the bed and like a general standing on salute, I penciled my body towards the shower to clean myself of microscopic residues of the night before. 

A healthy breakfast with double helping of buckwheat, freshly made almond milk and another cup of antidote, my brain started to regurgitate the wheres and whens of where this body needed to be. A bullet point list appeared on the bleed column of the paper: warehouse, theater, diary, green grocer and a very special appointment with a wall. One: I had to stock up on my children’s unquenchable thirst for stationary (thank you warehouse for being open on a Sunday so that I can do my washing on a Saturday), two: I had to view a venue possibility for the Grand Ole Hayride, three: buy bread n milk, four: buy vege and lastly: model me in front of a wall. More about that later. 

I got it all done, but a sad day too for us. We said goodbye to Bob and Monika and wished them well on their own journey here in New Zealand. They stayed with us for a month and the time arrived for them to settle into their own place and spread their magic in Taupo. We ll miss the giggles, the silly radio recordings we have been making and the amazing food Monika so generously cooks for us. Jacob will certainly miss his TT mate, Fabian his cycling champ and Andre, his minions. 

Tomorrow a new chapter will unfold. 

’til later, Karin

August Newsletter

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So far we hosted a number of shows in Rotorua. We started our collective in November with Midge Mcleary (NZ) at Abracadabra, followed by French for Rabbits (NZ), Timothy Blackman and the Only Child (NZ). Then Stuart O’Connor (UK) paid us a visit, also in the funky beer garden at Abracadabra

In January we took the steam paddle boat out for an epic full moon live music show, featuring The Mighty Delaney Davidson (NZ) and Dos Hermanos (GERMANY). It certainly was a memorable one! 
In March we hosted Hugh McGinlay (Aus) at Otonga Road School Hall and at Okere Falls Store, and in April, Stuart O’Connor saw us again for an intimate special show at Studio-One, The Arts Village
Matiu Te Huki (NZ) warmed our hearts in May at Brew Craft Beer & Pub and played a marathon of songs to make us all dance. Wow!

In August we hosted two shows: Nuit de Joie! ft The (magnificent) Mamaku Project, Lupavision, JerseyBob & Our Monika and local favourites, the Rotorua Racco taiko drummers. This show was nearly sold out and everybody on board the Lakeland Queen danced and wooed to the wonderful music. Great footage was taken by Riley Claxton and Petra Zoe took amazing pictures. Thank you!

Later on in August, we celebrated original folk music with a bang and held a truly special evening at Grounded Specialty Coffee and Tea, Hinemoa St. It had an epic turn out! Certainly great to see so many people wanting a listening space for original live music! We also introduced Raw Food Chef, Monika Vincent. Apart from being JerseyBob’s percussionist, she also has a talent for making delicious healthy food. 

For Sept two shows are planned. One is for JerseyBob and Our Monika at The Wall and Basement Cinema, Rotorua. Stories, songs and slides inspired by their travels. 15 Sept, and tickets must be booked prior to attending. There are only 23 seats and to secure a comfy seat, please email Karin at theroguestage@gmail.com. Tickets are $15 each. 

Also for Sept, Emma Wall from Melbourne, Victoria, is stopping by for an intimate house concert. Her songs can be found on iTunes or on her website http://www.emmawall.com. Again, please email Karin if you would like to come along. 

November two big bands are coming … The Eastern and Bond Street Bridge. For more details on what where and when, keep checking my Facebook page or blog at http://www.theroguestage.wordpress.com. 

The Rogue Stage is always busy organizing live music shows. Its a passion, a hobby and a big love. Keep the notifications on for regular news feeds via our Facebook Page – The Rogue Stage or hang out until the next email update!

Last, but not least, thank you for your support and coming to see the shows!

Kindest regards, 

Karin Vincent
The Rogue Stage