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Geoff Grainger and Saelyn Guyton at Katikati Folk Club


Fri 30 May 2014, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Katikati Bowling Club, Park Rd, Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults $20, Members $15: $20.00
  • School children free: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: camellia

Geoff Grainger
English pub singer, folk and street musician Geoff Grainger’s repertoire covers all manner of American, Australian, British, Low German (Plattdeutsch), pub, music hall, folk and sea songs as well as gospels and spirituals.

He is an enthusiastic and rabid folk song collector. Being an ex-Royal Navy Petty Officer, he learned to sing in various naval messes and canteens around the world, and was, after a very late start, a founder member of the Idle Fellows, an Anglo-German folk group which sang around Bremen for around 12 years before turning solo in 1993.

Geoff studied Geordie and Northumbrian music in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he now resides – surrounded by folk legends past and present – and sings regularly at venues throughout England, Ireland, Germany and Poland.

During his tour of New Zealand Geoff hopes to introduce New Zealanders to the world of shape note singing; a world of weird and wonderful harmonies where all are welcome: no experience is necessary.

Shape note singing is a full-voiced form of harmony singing – it's been called, ‘intense and striking’, ‘like a cross between Gregorian chanting and bluegrass’ and ‘fiercely beautiful’.

Saelyn Guyton

Saelyn Guyton (of Kai Tahu descent) has been involved with the country music scene since the age of seven. She won the prestigious New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards in 2010 and has won the New Zealand Country Music Entertainer of the Year awards twice.

“I started singing at the Southland Country Music Club in Invercargill from a young age. I loved the songs, the hats and boots, performing on stage and meeting other musicians.”

Throughout her teenage years she competed and preformed as a guest artist throughout the country, and has also represented New Zealand at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia.

Country music set the foundations for Saelyn’s musical career and while she still enjoys performing country songs, her original music includes elements of roots, reggae and blues. She has fronted bands and performed alongside Katchafire, Six60 and other New Zealand acts, and has appeared on television.

“Country music is a great way for young performers to hone their craft. It provided me with so many opportunities to perform and learn from great musicians and songwriters.”

Saelyn is co-host of Maori TV’s My Country Song, while continuing to work as a vocal coach and working on her first original EP.