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The Bay City Ramblers


Fri 21 Jul 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Katikati Bowling Club, Park Rd, Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $20.00
  • Members: $15.00
  • School aged: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: camellia

Look forward to a lively evening when Katikati Folk Club hosts Tauranga band, the Bay City Ramblers, July 21.

It all started in 2015 when Mike Garner and Derek Jacombs (from Kokomo) got together. Two of New Zealand’s most respected blues musicians and songwriters, they decided to join forces for an informal journey down the backroads of old blues, folk and country, exploring the sounds now called Americana.

That was the start. They soon decided to expand and brought on board the Bay of Plenty’s first-call upright bass player Nigel Masters and the extraordinary talents of multi-instrumentalist Robbie Laven, who added his love of early gypsy jazz to the music.

Now the band break out a host of acoustic instruments - resonator guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, washboard and more – for an eclectic musical trip that stretches from late 1800’s America through the music of Elizabeth Cotton, Charlie Patton, Django Reinhardt and Woody Guthrie to Derek and Mike’s contemporary songs.

Mike, Derek and Nigel have featured together overseas at the New Caledonia Jazz & Blues Festival, and The Bay City Ramblers travelled to appear at the Norfolk Island Jazz festival.

Mike Garner is a well-known NZ blues singer and songwriter. He has a wealth of blues experience over nearly 40 years, having played in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Japan and Kathmandu in Nepal.

For the past two decades guitarist, Derek Jacombs has been the singer and songwriter with blues and roots favourite, Kokomo. The band has released 10 studio albums and a live CD and DVD. He has also written music for theatre and television and served as director of the National Jazz Festival.

Since emerging from the Auckland folk scene, Robbie Laven has become one of New Zealand’s most respected musicians, playing a host of instruments in styles ranging from folk to rock, Latin to jazz.

Nigel Masters is the Bay of Plenty’s busiest bass player, both with his main band Kokomo and as a session musician. He also operates the Bay’s longest-running recording studio, The Boatshed, where he has recorded the likes of Jan Preston, Shona Laing, Mike King, Richard O'Brien, Grant Haua, Brilleaux and many more.

Specialising in 1920s and 1930s acoustic blues, Americana and jazz, the Bay City Ramblers all sing, and play a range of instruments (including some unusual ones) to capture the essence of American improvised music, as it evolved from the Southern plantations to the New Orleans mix of ragtime, blues and carnival music, to the hot sophistication and excitement of Chicago.

Come along on July 21st for a good time… plus tea, coffee and biscuits at half time!

Doors open at 7pm at the Katikati Bowling Club in Park Road and concert starts at 7:30pm.