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The Remarkables at East Coast Folk Club


Fri 6 Mar 2015, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Senior Citizens Social Centre, 37 Watea Road, Torbay, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $7.00
  • Casual performers by arrangement: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Judith Moore

The Remarkables are a 4 piece unit from Auckland/Tauranga playing music that can only be described as bluegrasscountryswing.

Hot on the heels of their headline performance at the 2015 Auckland Folk Festival, the band kicks off on their northern tour.

Their repertoire varies wildly from the hot swing sounds of Paris in the 1940s to the smoky bar-rooms of Texas, with Bob Wills overtones and then mixed with the bluegrass sounds of East Kentucky.

Neil Finlay plays guitar and is the lead singer. He is well known as a bluesman, but is equally at home in country music and Jazz. In 2008 he released his debut solo blues album, "Stop and Listen".

Bryan Christianson plays 5-string banjo with The Remarkables. He has appeared as a session musician on many NZ recordings in addition to his work with the Tui Award winning Wires & Wood.

Robbie Laven is one of New Zealand’s top instrumental performers, known for his work with Bonjour Swing, and earlier with Red Hot Peppers and the 1953 Memorial Society Rock and Roll Band. What he can do with an old washboard has to be seen to be believed!

Garry Trotman plays double bass in the band and sings the high vocal parts. He is an accomplished songwriter having recently released "Brand New Tradition", an album of original songs. He is also a member of Wires & Wood.

The Remarkables have previously appeared at the 2014 Hamilton Acoustic Music Club Festival, the 2013/14 Whare Flat Folk Festival, the 2013 Auckland Folk Festival , the 2012 Wellington Folk Festival, various bars and folk-clubs around Auckland and also at the more intimate settings of House Concerts in the greater Auckland area. They were a headline act at the Oparau Acoustic Festival (November 2014), and will be again at the Canterbury Folk Festival (Easter 2015).

Tonight's guest appearance will be preceded by casual performers in the first half.

The band will have copies of their new CD "Swinging On The Gate" for sale.

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