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Sat 18 Apr 2009, 9:00pm

Where: Sawmill Cafe, 142 Pakiri Rd, Leigh, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Sarah Hunter

The Woolshed Sessions - the band that grew from a jam in a former shearing shed in Takaka - is heading to Auckland and Hawke’s Bay for a series of stringing me along shows.

Expect lashings of lap-steel guitar, lush vocal harmony sing-a-longs and banjo punctuations when The Woolshed Sessions perform in April at Leigh Sawmill, Monte Cristo Room at Toto, Auckland and for two exclusive shows in The Underground Cellar at Black Barn Vineyards, Hawke’s Bay.

It will be the first time The Woolshed Sessions crew of Age Pryor, Jess Chambers, Justin 'Firefly' Clarke, Andy Hummel, Peter Hill, Brett Skinner, Al Fraser and Dr Lee Prebble have gathered together beyond the Paekakariki turn off.

With musical connections to Fly My Pretties, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, The Black Seeds, Rosy Teacaddy, Tahu, Rio Hemopo and Rhombus, the collective originated from a week of jamming in a Takaka woolshed then owned by film-maker Gaylene Preston.

The low-fi recordings captured 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 – and the rest is history.

In late 2008 a limited edition Woolshed Sessions album - featuring photographs by Andy Morley-Hall and design by Creature – was released and quickly sold out.

The first public Woolshed Sessions shows started with a rush for tickets in hometown Wellington and the buzz spread to the Nelson Arts Festival - close to the inspirational roots of Takaka Valley and Captain Cooker beer. More recently they've played beneath the night sky, to thousands drawn like moths to the Botanic Gardens Soundshell and at Neudorf Winery.

Discover for yourself, the phenomenon that is The Woolshed Sessions.

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