The Rogue Stage

Listen to Grawlixes on Radio NZ – recent interview, live with Jesse Mulligan

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Soon we ll hear Grawlixes (Robin Cederman and Penelope Esplin) live in Rotorua at the amazing Monarch Room, performing their album ‘Set Free’. Before then you can listen to their recent interview with Jesse Mulligan on RNZ.

Follow this link to listen: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nzlive/audio/201849488/nz-live-the-grawlixes

Details of their live concert at The Rogue Stage:

When – 22 July

Where – Monarch Room, Princes Gate Hotel

Time – doors open 7pm, music from 7.30pm

Support – Famous Will

Tickets are $15 and you can buy online here: http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/gig/55191/Grawlixes—Set-Free-Album-Release-Tour.utr

Grawlixes Set Free Album Tour – 22 July at The Rogue Stage

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I m very excited to share this news with you today! Grawlixes, ft Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits) and Robin Cederman, are stopping in Rotorua on the 22 July to play songs from their new album – Set Free.

We met them in March when they played a concert in our back garden and they simply stole our hearts!

Watch the video of the title track – directed by Penelope Esplin:

If you would like to attend, please follow this link to purchase your tickets online:

tickets for The Rogue Stage, Rotorua at Princes Gate Hotel

Fully licensed bar and light meals from Princes Gate Hotel

Vegan meals, raw cakes, kombucha, turmeric latte and cacao hug in a mug from Tea & Happiness (eftpos available)

Doors open 7pm, music from 7.30pm

contact Karin 02102381057 or Barry 0226441778

Graeme James live at The Rogue Stage 17 June!

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“A man that must surely be poised to take over the New Zealand folk-music scene at any minute”- Libel

Hitting the highways once again this winter is award-winning folk troubadour Graeme James.

2016 was an exciting year for the artist who released his debut original album News From Nowhere in September to great acclaim. The album was a finalist for the NZ Folk Album of The Year and the lead single ‘Alive’ gained second place in the Folk Category of the prestigious international Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition.

Evidence of his endless hard work and hours spent on the road, Graeme started his musical journey busking on the streets of Wellington and sleeping in his trusty ‘Hotel Corona’. These stories and experiences have shaped his captivating and unmissable live show featuring electric fiddle, guitar, bass, baritone ukulele, beatboxing, harmonica, mandolin and his velveteen vocals all with the help of a trusty loop pedal.

Graeme’s last tour almost sold out completely nationwide, so get it quick to hear the songs you love and a couple of newbies.

Please note that doors are open from 7 pm, and the music will begin at 7.30pm. Buy tickets online at eventfinda.co.nz.

The venue for this show is Prince’s Gate Hotel, in the lovely Monarch Room, Rotorua. Entrance on Hinemaru Street.

Fully licensed bar and light meals from Prince’s Gate.

Tea n Happiness will provide vegan treats n drinks. EFTPOS available.

Listen: http://www.graemejamesmusic.com

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.

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

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

West African Drum and Dance Workshop with Koffie Fugah (Ghana) 21 – 24 Nov

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Join Robert Koffie Fugah for 4 days of hands-on instruction and learn a West African Drum Rhythm and a West African Dance Routine.

Workshop Description: This is a 2 hour Drumming and Dance Workshop provides the opportunity to experience the healing power of the Ancient African rhythms with a unique style of guided facilitation using songs, drumming and dancing from West Africa especially from Ghana. Come and experience self transformation facilitated by Robert Koffie Fugah.

Day 1: Arrive at 6pm to meet everyone, class starts at 6.30 until 8.30. Instruction – beats/rhythms/coordination
Day 2: Class starts at 6.30 until 8.30. Instruction – concepts of the song, rhythms, basic dance moves
Day 3:Class starts at 6.30 until 8.30. Instruction – integrate dance, song and rhythms, practice the routines
Day 4: Gather at 4pm to rehearse and prepare for concert – hosted at The Monarch 7pm to 9pm.

Community Concert at The Monarch, 24th Nov, 7pm – KOHA ENTRY

Bring your own drum or hire from Koffie, fees apply.

Investment:
$80 for full course, 4 days – Early bird price available for the first 10 spaces (ALL BOOKED)
$100 for full course, 4 days – General price, for the remaining 20

More about your instructor, Robert Koffie Fugah
Koffie Fugah is a teacher and performer of African drumming and dance.
He is from the Abor village in the Volta Region of Ghana where music and dance are integral to life.
He studied and trained in drumming and dance in Accra, Ghana. Robert has taught African drumming and dance for over 15 years in schools and to expatriates,both in Ghana and abroad.
He moved to Otago New Zealand in 2013 and has developed a reputation as a talented and hardworking teacher facilitating workshops and performing across the country.
Robert has been a featured performer for African Day in Wellington, Special performance at Parliament House, Prana Festival Coromandel, Luminate Festival Takaka, Evolve Nelson and the 2015 Cricket World Cup and the U20 Soccer World Cup, NZ, Guests Performer on What Now Kids Show on TV2.

Learn more about Koffie and his work at http://www.robertfugah.co.nz/
Yexoese Traditional Dance and Drum School

How to book: Buy tickets online at www.eventbrite.co.nz or email theroguestage@gmail.com

Please note: Special consideration for unwaged and low income attendees. Please contact me directlly for ‘Sponsored Placements’. Email Karin Vincent at theroguestage@gmail.com or phone 02102381057.

This event is partly sponsored by Rotorua Lakes Council.

Hopetoun Brown w/special guest Finn Scholes at Rotorua Museum – 19th Nov

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Hopetoun Brown is back! This Saturday, 19th November at Rotorua Museum!

New single: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGNqUZyKw9Y

Tickets available to buy at Musicworks Rotorua and Rotorua Museum reception.

$30 Adult Admission

$12 Student/OAP

Door sales subject to availability. Bar opens at 7 pm for drinks and light meals.

Join us one more time for a magnificent last live music show for 2016!

Warm regards,

Karin