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The Woolshed Sessions


Thu 9 Oct 2008–Sat 11 Oct 2008, 9:30pm–11:00pm

Where: BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

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  • Adult: $25.00
  • Concessions: $20.00
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Listed by: Sarah Hunter

In late 2007 a bunch of Wellington musicians got together in an old woolshed in the Takaka Valley to record some songs. From this summertime project The Woolshed Sessions band and album was born.

Distinguished by lashings of lap-steel guitar, lush vocal harmony sing-a-longs, taonga puoro and banjo punctuations, The Woolshed Sessions is a fresh approach for New Zealand songwriting.

Starring in The Woolshed Sessions are Age Pryor - guitar/vocals; Andy Hummel - guitar/vocals; Jess Chambers - guitar/vocals; Justin Firefly Clarke – guitar, banjo, vocals; Al Fraser - taonga puoro, guitar/vocals; Lee Prebble - lap steel; Peter Hill – bass; and Brett Skinner – drums.

A hand numbered, limited edition The Woolshed Sessions CD and booklet featuring documentary photographs by Andy Morley-Hall is available October 2008, and to mark the occasion the musicians are bringing the woolshed experience live on stage at BATS Theatre, Wellington for three shows only.

The Woolshed Sessions album was captured on an improvised recording set-up; essentially a borrowed collection of nice microphones plugged into an old computer. The musicians worked four days straight, morning, afternoon and night, jamming and recording ‘live’ - often with many attempts made until getting a version down that was felt to be ‘the one’.

Echoes of folk, country, 1920's swing jazz and old time blues wash over the assortment of modern New Zealand songs that were written by various members of the collective before and during the recording session. The end result is tinged with the ambient resonance of the space the music was created and recorded in – a converted woolshed with bare timber floors, lined with plywood and clad in corrugated iron.

‘You can hear the landscape in these songs. The balmy simple Golden Bay surface flows over dark secret underground caves. Life is sweet with unfathomable darkness lurking. Strings summer strumming with plenty on our minds.’ Gaylene Preston, film maker, owner of the Takaka Woolshed.

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