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Hobnail - Sensational Fresh Material From Their New Album


Sun 20 Aug 2017, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Non-Members: $20.00
  • Students with ID: $5.00
  • Members: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: judismitheram

Hobnail are on the road again, bringing you their stunning new 7th album “Blue Sky Songs”, along with past classic favourites. This is a live show not to be missed! A rare treat as one of the country’s best live acts tours the finest album of its illustrious career.

“When Hobnail take the stage, they tear into their set with mucho gusto, injecting volume and energy into the evening with their illustrious blend of bluegrass, Celtic folk, pop, and rock’n’roll.” - Nelson Mail

After 23 years together on a long and winding road which has seen them play venues around the world and throughout NZ, “Blue Sky Songs” - Hobnail’s 7th album - is a fine distillation of life’s lessons, well learned. Like a well-aged cognac, “Blue Sky Songs” is mature, complex, occasionally fiery, but with great depth and power.

Following the triumph of their most successful album so far “String Things” in 2015, “Blue Sky Songs” is a more acoustic offering. Featuring violins, acoustic guitars and mandolas alongside electric instruments, the result is a beautiful album rich in variety. Their musical craft is clearly on display with thoughtful lyrics and soaring melodies, and a feel good vibe coming from their unique blend of folk and Celtic, country and rock.

Hobnail was formed by Rob Joass in 1994 - an ex-Sydney-sider who came to NZ more than 25 years ago with a guitar over his shoulder and a bag full of original tunes - and Jo Moir, a violinist whose voice proved a perfect counterpoint to Joass.

Rob (Vocals, Guitar, Mandola), writes compulsively, tours incessantly, teaches guitar, produces albums, and can be found behind a mixing desk, playing live and in the studio when time allows. His songs have been covered by artists both in NZ and abroad, often spoken of as one of the hardest working musicians in NZ.

Jo Moir (Vocals, Violin) incorporates Celtic, Country and Classical influences into a violin playing style which can range from the breathtakingly beautiful to ‘barnstorming’, As a vocalist, Jo can melt the coldest of hearts, "Jo Moir has one of those rare voices… a breath of fresh air", Andy Donnelly Radio CKUA, Canada

Caroline Easther (Drums, Vocals) is an NZ music legend, having spent time drumming for iconic Dunedin bands The Chills and The Verlaines. In 1997 she teamed up with The Warratahs main man Barry Saunders, with whom she continues to record and tour, most notably with Bob Dylan and Joe Cocker.

Last but far from least is multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Hamish Graham (Bass Guitar, vocals), Graham is classically trained and can play anything and everything, and is a fine songwriter in his own right. Hamish brings an inimitable style to everything he does.

There is something unique and powerful about the way Hobnail mixes up everyday detail with the bigger issues of life, bringing it all together a stunning new album and exceptional live show, not to be missed. "Refreshingly down-to-earth and lovely with vocals so tightly knit they could be family" Mike Alexander NZ Herald.

“Whenever I need a foot-stomping good time, or to shed a tear over the glory of life itself, I go out and listen to the Hobnail. I like good music!” - Gary McCormick

"Original songs with the authenticity of folk and the spirit of rock'n'roll." - Nick Bollinger, The Listener

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Doors open 7pm.
Performance starts at 7:30pm

Door sales cash only: Tea, coffee, biscuits & cake available during the break, also bar facilities, Eftpos available for purchases only, no cash out.

Bring your current Folk Club membership card as this is required for licensing.

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