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Ruahine Rangers


Fri 1 Aug 2014, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Theosophical Society Hall, 304 Church St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • PN Folk Club Members: $5.00
  • Non-Members: $10.00
  • School kids: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: puckenator

A four-piece bluegrass band with three members, the Ruahine Rangers are based in the Manawatu (but of course you could you tell that from the name!). Combining great instrumental skills with slick two- and three-part vocal harmonies, they play a mixture of classic and modern bluegrass, with a leavening of old time, folk, and original music. Their repertoire includes bluegrass favourites like Sitting on Top of the World and Gold Rush, as well as folk music like Wayfaring Stranger and Bayou Noir. From slow, sweet ballads to toe-tapping breakdowns, they’ll make you smile, make you cry, and make you get out of your seat and dance.

Josh Campbell was a guitar player before he was given a banjo by a far-sighted uncle and never looked back. As well as playing finger-picking-good banjo, he is the main vocal lead for the Ruahine Rangers. Piano teacher by day, guitar player by night, Nikki Hooker also teaches guitar and ukulele. She provides the band’s guitar backbone and vocal harmonies, as well as some vocal lead. After beginning training as a classical flautist, Rosemary van Essen fell in with the wrong crowd and now plays the fiddle and mandolin for the Ruahine Rangers (though sadly she hasn’t yet worked how to play both at once).

Complimentary supper at 9pm.

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