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Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb


Sat 20 May 2017, 8:00pm–10:30pm

Where: Wellington Bluegrass Society, Peel Place, 54 Richmond Street, Petone, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Member or Child: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry seldom found among musicians.

Their live performances feature not only their spectacular technical grasp of the guitar but also their outstanding musicality and ability to be spontaneously creative. The interaction between the two musicians is as much a feature of their shows as is the world-class guitar playing that they both display.

Loren and Mark first met in 2005 when they spent a few days working with the great Tommy Emmanuel at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp. Mark was a college kid, just completing his degree in classical guitar at the University of North Carolina; Loren was already a seasoned performer, but it was his first serious look at acoustic guitar. After the workshop, Mark visited Loren and they spent some time picking guitar – and picking each other’s brains.

In 2009 they met again in Nashville at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) convention, an international gathering of hundreds of guitarists. That set the stage for the 2010 CAAS convention where they were on the schedule of performers. Though they were not originally listed to play on the big Saturday night finale, they were added to the show due to popular demand from those who heard them throughout the week.

Loren and Mark's varied repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar duets as well as songs, giving them a wide appeal. Their music is influenced by Bluegrass, Jazz and Western; their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals and some beautiful harmonies from Mark.

The pair have toured extensively within both the USA and in Europe, and their fan base is rapidly expanding. They have been invited to headline festivals in France, New Zealand and across the USA where they have played in many theatres across the country and performed on notable radio programmes such as NPR’s Says You, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and the Nashville-based TV show Inside Music Row.

They recorded their first album together the summer of 2011, which won a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album at the Northeast Music Industry Conference, and their most recent album Onward, released August 2012, also won a SAMMY for Best Americana Album. The title track Onward won first place at the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA 2013) for best instrumental.

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- Door sales - on the day, at the venue, from 7:50pm
- Seating is general admission
- Ticket includes complimentary tea and coffee
- Free parking available by or near the venue
- Licensed bar at the venue (no BYO allowed)