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Hobnail CD Release Tour

Hobnail CD Release Tour

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  • Sun 8 Jul ’12, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members: $7.50
  • Non-members: $12.00

Hobnail Boots, formed in 1995, has long been a vehicle for Wellington singer/songwriter Rob Joass and Jo Moir. Despite their beginnings in Irish bars, they were never a stereotypical bar band, and with a preference for playing originals and an eclectic selection of cover versions, they quickly widened their scope.

In 1996 they added a rhythm section, released “Deboot” and toured through NZ. At this time they were joined by multi-instrumentalist Hamish Graham.

1998 saw the release of “Training at Altitude”, an album which earned them great reviews and invitations to play festivals both at home and abroad. Tours of North America and showcase gigs in Europe followed. The release of “On With The Snow” in 2001 brought more great reviews and a growing audience. Professional development and career goals then took a back seat as Jo and Rob, by now married, took time out to focus on raising a family and Hamish headed overseas.

Occasional touring and festival appearances continued, and in 2004 they released “Hindsight”, a selection of tracks from their first 2 CDs which were by now out of print.

2007 saw a return to active service. Hamish returned from his big OE and the fabulous Caroline Easther was recruited on drums and, more recently, Bonnie Riley on guitar and vocals.

Together with guitarist/singer Bill Hickman, they recorded “The Fortune Horses” which was hailed as the best of their career and nominated for best folk album at the 2008 NZ Music Awards.

Performances at the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival and many festivals around NZ followed (including the Golden Shears in Masterton, Moonshine Festival in Gore, Tauranga’s Blues Brews & BBQ, Taste Martinborough and the Wellington, Auckland and Canterbury Folk Festivals). A concert at Wellington’s Paramount Theatre was filmed by acclaimed director Costa Botes and released on DVD in 2008.

The last few years have seen touring and festival appearances continue as often as life allows. This tour celebrates the recent release of their new “Baggage” album and will feature the fabulous Flora Knight of The Eastern, who will be filling in as fiddle player as Jo Moir is not able to tour at this time.

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