Live @ Aratoi Performances in Masterton Wow

Andy Irvine - Live @ Aratoi 30 Jan 2020
Bob Cooper-Grundy and Kate Marshall 30 Jan 2020
Andy Irvine - Live @ Aratoi 30 Jan 2020
We Mavericks Tour NZ Sunday 3 November at Aratoi
Hinemoana Baker at Aratoi - Photo by Nicola Easthope
Meg Hunter, 14, at Aratoi - Photo by Nicola Easthope
Andy Irvine's 2020 NZ Tour includes the Auckland Folk Festival and Aratoi.


Live @ Aratoi Performances Wow

Aratoi has presented acts from across Aotearoa (Frank Burkitt Band, Sarah Dill, Grafia, Jeep Rd, Jhan Lindsay, Rimutaka All Stars Dixie Swing Band, Snake Creek Band, Anthonie Tonnon, Hemi Walker), Australia (Alchemy), Honduras/NZ (Leonel Alvarado), South Africa (Zulu Love), and USA (Richard Gilewitz).

In  partnership with Grafia Productions and Masterton District Council, the museum in Wairarapa now presents:

ANDY IRVINE (IRELAND) Thursday, 7pm, 30 January 2020.  

Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers. Performing for more than 50 years, he has toured the world.  His career includes Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, a duo with Paul Brady, Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD and Usher’s Island.  He will play the 2020 Auckland Folk Festival, and his NZ Tour is supported by Culture Ireland.

"His singing is pure emotion. His playing is both delicate and energetic. Andy invented the interlaces of bouzouki, mandolin and mandola in Irish music. He’s often been mimicked, but never equalled." - Irish Times. 

Bob Cooper-Grundy and Kate Marshall - 'Bob and Kate', based in the Wairarapa, will also perform. Bob Cooper-Grundy has pursued obscurity now for some 40 odd years, playing blues guitar and singing country songs. Multi-instrumentalist Kate Marshall (violin, accordion and flute) started with classical piano and singing in choirs; you don't have to listen that carefully to hear Bach and Mozart lurking behind Bob Wills and Memphis Minnie. Bob and Kate have played around North Island - Wairarapa, Wellington folk clubs, Tahora, Ti Rangi, Wellington and Dunedin Folk Festivals, and at Jazz in Martinborough. Their song list veers between swing sounds of Texas, mixed with the blues, bluegrass, something approaching jazz, and some pop songs served up in the Bob and Kate way.

Andy Irvine's NZ Tour is supported by Culture Ireland.

Tickets from Eventfinda (from $20, plus fees) and $25 at the door.

Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.


“Music is an art form, yet Masterton has no live music venue, with the closure of King St Live in 2016,” said Aratoi Director Susanna Shadbolt. "Aratoi and Grafia Productions team up to present Live @ Aratoi, a concert series for the community, thanks to support from the Masterton Arts Fund of the Masterton Council, and to the donation of sound gear by the Cross Creek Blues Club, which disbanded in 2018.  

"Live @ Aratoi brings the Wairarapa a range of music, with new and familiar voices, local and international, at affordable prices.  Our Wesley Wing, a decommissioned church, offers a beautiful ambience and seating for up to 120 people.”


Recent gigs:

3 November 2019 - We Mavericks Tour NZ - Lindsay Martin (Aus) and Victoria Vigenser (NZ), acclaimed for their "emotive and down-to-earth songs" -- "intelligent and achingly beautiful lyrics" -- "exquisite mandolin and fiddle accompaniment”. Nominated for Best Folk Artist | Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa - New Zealand Music Awards.

September 2019 - Hinemoana Baker, an international singer-songwriter and poet currently living in Berlin.  Concertgoers called the night “epic” and “genius”.  Hinemoana Baker called Meg Hunter, at just 14 years old, “a miracle” on stage -- Meg is a singer-songwriter-pianist based in Wairarapa. 


Further information: 

Tickets for Andy Irvine $20 at i-Sites / Eventfinda, plus fees  / Door sales $25 on the night - doors open 6.30pm

Written by

Aratoi Museum

21 Sep 2019