Music & Arts Hanmer Springs, along with Barrie & Marguerite Clubb are starting a new venture, Live in Hanmer. We are focusing on bringing you interesting live acoustic music in a unique and intimate setting – the Anglican Church in Hanmer Springs Village which has great acoustics. Your support will help the artists to be able to create a CD of the concert which in turn will not only help them promote their music but will also create a record of grass roots music for generations to come. So please come and support the artists – you’ll enjoy some great live music, and also provide the foundation for the creation of the recording – the better the audience, the better the album!
Who: The Port Hillbillies
Where: Anglican Church, Jollies Pass Road, Hanmer Springs
When: Sunday 7 November at 2pm
Cost: $15 with the option to pre-order a barista made hot drink (total $20 – cash only please) drinks delivered during the interval….supporting a local cafe’
Jam Session: There will be a jam session after the concert for those wishing to perform in front of a friendly audience. Don’t forget to bring an instrument.
Current NZ Government Covid Level Rules and maximum church capacity numbers for concerts will dictate audience numbers. Please book to reserve a seat.
Bookings to Marguerite: txt 021 125 4062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Muisc & Arts Hanmer Springs Trust is involved in many aspects of “The Arts” including theatre, and a wide range of craft and music workshops. So, bookmark the website for interesting upcoming items: http://musicandarts.co.nz/
Hanmer Springs is a great place to combine your artistic passions with some relaxation.
We look forward to catching up with you – Barrie, Marguerite & Grum
The Port Hillbillies
Emerging from the shadows of the Port Hills, one American, Justin Rogers on mandolin, guitar and vocals, one Aussie Gary Elford on guitar, acoustic bass and vocals. They meet up with a six-toed Kiwi singer, banjo and guitar player Steve Stern to share their love of Bluegrass, Old Time and Americana music.
Playing together now for over four years they have formed into a well-balanced instrumental and vocal trio, driven by Steve’s banjo playing and Justin’s sympathetic and innovative mandolin ornamentation. Gary’s contribution on guitar and bass pulls the whole thing together into the tight unit that is the Port Hillbillies. They play a range of songs and tunes from toe tapping recognisable standards to obscure songs from neighbouring genres that are given the Port Hillbillies once over.
The Port Hillbillies formed out of the Christchurch Folk Music Club’s open mic concerts in 2016, where the duo of Steve Stern (banjo) and Kris Brown (guitar and vocals) was joined by Gary (always-looking-for-a-retirement-gig) Elford and recent arrival Justin Rogers. The group started life as a four piece with guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin, getting together each Tuesday night to trade tunes. As with some good things, they often morph. The dark shadow of change was cast upon the group when the lead singer/guitarist (Kris Brown) accepted a job opportunity in upstate New York. The 3 remaining Hillbillies decided to continue as a trio based around guitar, banjo and mandolin.
The band’s set lists are based on the principle of shared vocals and variety in both instrumentation and style. While each player often plays to their strengths, a song is occasionally mixed up by rotating instruments, or swapping in a bass or harmonica for variety and a more textured performance.
The Port Hillbillies have been popular additions to various festivals over the last few years building up a wide band of followers from the deep south, where they have performed at the Catlins Bluegrass, Blues and Roots Festival and the Riverton Harvest Festival. Closer to home in Canterbury they have been in concert at the Christchurch Folk Music Club, Balcairn Hall, Oxford Town Hall, Lyttelton Farmers Market as well as the very popular Canterbury Folk Music Festival held every Easter at Waipara.