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Valley Bluegrass in Concert

Valley Bluegrass in Concert

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  • Sun 16 Aug ’15, 7:30pm – 10:00pm


Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • Folk club Members: $12.00

This band plays authentic bluegrass in this special concert presentation at the end of a three night run in Christchurch.

Bluegrass is a high energy blend of old time country, blues, ragtime, Celtic music and a hint of rock 'n' roll. That's what this band plays on traditional instruments: banjo, guitar/Dobro, fiddle, mandolin and bass fiddle.

Read Hudson (guitar, Dobro) is a legend in New Zealand country and roots music circles. In the days when local television played real music he was a regular on live music shows. He has toured in New Zealand, Australia and the United States with various bands and is constantly in demand for his Dobro and guitar stylings.

Robbie Stevens (banjo) is the beating heart of the band. He has been playing banjo and listening to bluegrass for 45 years. His regular trips to the US keep him in touch with the roots of the music. Bluegrass legend Jens Kruger once told him “You are a good banjo player.”

Carola Dunbar (fiddle) learned her instrument alongside her sisters who are now orchestra;l player. Carola has long since strayed to the dark side playing bass in country music clubs and fiddle with Valley Bluegrass. Her soaring fiddle lines are one of the stand-out features of the band.

Behind these two are Richard Dingwall and Erin Morton

Richard Dingwall (mandolin) learned to play tunes in Irish and Scottish session. Now he keeps the beat and plays the odd solo on his new custom-made Berghmann mandolin (made by Steve Barkman).

Erin Morton (bass) already has a national reputation as a singer and songwriter with her other band Delgirl where she plays guitar. In Valley Bluegrass she holds down the beat on the bass fiddle.

Everybody sings.

Listeners can expect a mixture of old time and contemporary song, vocal harmony and a judicious selection of fiddle and banjo tunes. Music to put a smile on your face.

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