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Two Old Frets (Andrew London and Graham Wardrop)


Fri 23 May 2014, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Kapiti Playhouse, 7 Ruahine St, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $27.50 ($25.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Andrew London

At a chance meeting in Wellington some time around the late 1980s, guitarists Graham Wardrop and Andrew London planned to do some gigs together ‘one day’.

As the old bloke in the cheese ad says: ‘These things take time you know...’.

Twenty-five years later they have at last got around to it and embark on their ‘Two Old Frets’ tour in May 2014. Both accomplished and celebrated singer/guitarist/songwriters, the pair will perform a series of concerts around the lower North Island, showcasing their original songs, instrumental skills, age-ripened voices, and physical imperfections.

In a classic South vs North encounter, the duo will be representing different Islands. Wardrop, though raised in Dunedin, has called Christchurch home for several decades. After touring Australia throughout the late ‘70s with members of the legendary Slim Dusty’s family; particularly Slim’s daughter Ann Kirkpatrick, he returned to New Zealand where he has carved out a career as possibly the country’s most-respected finger-style guitarist. He also hand-makes the instruments he plays.

Wardrop’s other collaborators have included Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Gray Bartlett, and Canadian folk singer Valdy, with whom Wardrop toured in 2013. As a writer and performer, Wardrop’s insightful lyrics are complemented by his dextrous guitar playing, inspiring descriptions such as ‘acoustic artistry’, ‘musical gymnastics’ and ‘a feast of listening’ from critics over the years.

Wanganui-bred, and now Kapiti-based, Andrew London is possibly best-known for his swing trio Hot Club Sandwich, whose repertoire over the last dozen years has mostly consisted of his quirky, gently-satirical original songs that owe much to the ‘Hot Club’ jazz tradition rhythmically, but more to Tom Lehrer or Flanders and Swann in lyrical style. His current ‘Andrew London Trio’ has been called ‘Flight of the Conchords for rest homes’.

Both London and Wardrop confess to being lifelong Beatles addicts, so expect re-workings of one or two Fab Four tunes, and a selection of original songs culled from two extensive back-catalogues. With 20-odd albums worth of material to choose from, representing 30 years touring and recording experience, plus the possibility of a song or two co-written specially for this tour, audiences can expect an eclectic and diverse range of musical experiences from these two engaging and travel-worn story tellers.