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Dave Murphy and Janet Muggeridge at Mainly Acoustic

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  • Tue 9 Oct ’18, 7:30pm – 10:00pm


Mayfair Cafe, 116 Main St, Upper Hutt


All Ages


Mainly Acoustic

"There was magic here tonight." - Robbie Duncan, Wellington

"Awesome musicians, singers. I’d go anywhere to enjoy their performances." - Paul Jonson, Auckland

Dave Murphy (Red Dog Saloon Band) and Janet Muggeridge (Gumboot Tango) are two well-loved Kiwi musicians who have joined together to form an inspired musical partnership. Their combined experience and formidable musicality creates an exciting buzz and fresh approach to familiar and favourite tunes.

Well-known for his driving blues and finger-style picking, Dave plays a 1930s Advanced Jumbo Gibson re-issue with rosewood back and sides and long-scale neck. He lays down a powerful rhythm for Janet’s precise and dynamic playing on her beautifully reconditioned 1914 Gibson mandolin.

Their sound is evocative and compelling.

Vocally they are a perfect match – songs that will tug at your heartstrings or get your feet tapping. Janet’s unique voice and unerring sense of harmony sits well with Dave’s low growly blues and high and lonesome ballads. Whether original tunes or John Prine, Steve Earle, Townz Van Zandt covers, they perform with an energy and joy that keeps audiences glued to their seats.

Our opening acts this month are Chris Kirkland & Joyanne Stevens - Chris is an Upper Hutt singer/guitarist who has performed on TVNZ’s Good Morning show, supported The Searchers and done numerous radio interviews. Joyanne is a classically trained violinist and has performed with the Nelson Symphony, Wellington Chamber, and Hutt Valley orchestras, as well as Nova Strings.

Newtown-based Don Mackay is a singer-songwriter with a serious weakness for old time country and gospel, accompanying himself on guitar and mandolin his songs are full of irony and observations of everyday life; Wilson Murdoch was born and raised in Northern Ireland, but now lives in Upper Hutt - a member of Mainly Acoustic for over 20 years.

He has a love of Irish ballads, which he delivers with a fine tenor voice and guitar, usually with a couple of jokes on hand; Simple Gifts - Sue Rose and Philippa Boy - are two friends who share a love of harmony singing and eclectic musical tastes. They perform both acappella or with hurdy gurdy and dulcimer, sometimes including guitar.

Their music ranges from the 15th to the 21st Century and includes Irish, English, French, and New Zealand colonial, and modern folk.

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