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The String Contingent


Sun 18 Oct 2015, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Old Folks Association Hall, 8 Gundry Street, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Presales: $20.00
  • Doorsales: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent combine their diverse musical backgrounds in Celtic folk, classical, jazz and contemporary into melodic, evocative, exciting and poignant musical discussions, or ‘trialogues’. Over the past five years and four albums, Australians Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) have consistently challenged the traditional roles of their instruments to reach ‘the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance’ (Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine). This approach has resulted in a musical ethos that showcases the individuality of each musician and eclipses genre, featuring bowed bass melodies, percussive violin and tight guitar grooves.

Their latest album, Facets received a 4-star review in The Weekend Australian and showcases the skills and stylistic flexibility of The String Contingent, seamlessly shifting through baroque, classical, jazz, Indian, Celtic and Balkan elements. Fresh from an extensive tour of Finland, Sweden, England and Scotland, The String Contingent are bringing their live performance to New Zealand; a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive that is not to be missed.

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