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The Gunslingers Ball


Sat 4 May 2013, 7:30pm–10:30pm

Where: Carterton Events Centre, Holloway St, Carterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: UpWithPeople

Last year was a huge one for the Gunslingers - sell-out shows and a high-profile national tour that took The Gunslingers' Ball experience out on the road. This year is no less ambitious, kicking off with a mini-tour that takes in Wairarapa, Wellington and Auckland.

This version of TGB features Auckland stalwarts Bernie Griffen and the Grifters and The Broadsides, alongside Tami Neilson and fellow travellers from the capital D Burmester and the Blind and John the Baptist.

Bernie Griffen and the Grifters
Following their triumphant and moving support of Emmylou Harris at Vector Arena in November, The Grifters continue doing what they do best - heartfelt songs of love, loss and redemption. Their most recent album, last year's Everything So Far found the band at the peak of their powers, inspiring reviews that acclaimed its 'honest, poetic and uncompromising' stance.

The Broadsides with Tami Neilson
Described variously as 'a four-ring circus of shifting genres' and 'so infectious that that the World Health Organisation have been putting venues into quarantine,' The Broadsides have been tearing it up with their banjos and fiddles set to punky bluegrass for four years now. They're joined by guest vocalist the one woman power-house that is Tami Neilson.

D Burmester and the Blind
D Burmester and the Blind mine a rich seam of the kind of raucous foot stompin' country chaos that is seldom seen outside the Appalachian foothills but will be seen and heard to huge effect on this not-to-be-missed night in Wairarapa.

John the Baptist
With a capital-city take on what can only be described as the sound of 'two gold miners having a pash', JTB have been bringing their firebrand version of folk to the folk since 2009. In that time they have spread their musical wings and were a big hit the last time they played in Carterton opening for Don McGlashan. They have recently released their latest single Hywel At The Moon and have picked up love from the likes of BBC 6 Music and Uncut magazine in the UK as well as Radio New Zealand at home.