Confirmed Acts for Tui farm folk Festival 2018
Ned Clamp and Patti Smith from Wales
Pat and Ned, from South Wales UK, play an energetic mixture of Welsh songs and tunes, with an occasional foray into Americana, played on concertina, guitar, spoons, harmonicas, and if they can get hold of them, washboard and banjelele.
Pat, with one of Wales' leading groups, Calennig, has toured extensively in New Zealand, USA and Europe over the years. She has a charismatic and entertaining stage presence, swinging her concertina around to great effect, while her spoons playing has to be seen to be believed.
Ned, a stalwart of the South Wales folk scene for many years, combines his own accomplished musicianship and easy humour with Pat's talents to produce and unforgettable and polished performance.
Playing concerts, festivals and clubs in the UK for more than fifteen years, Pat and Ned guarantee a performance filled with variety and wit, with tunes and songs, old and new, in both English and Welsh, sometimes at the same time.
Danny Priestley & Kate Charlton-Jones from Hawkes Bay
Danny Priestley (Australia) and Kate Charlton-Jones (NZ) are a husband and wife duo who made their first performance together at the Illawarra folk club, however, the couple now reside on a property wrought with music in Hawkes Bay New Zealand. Danny is better known as the former singer in the Illawarra Celtic Band Riogh, Kate a member of NZ favourites Cabin Fevre. Separately each have quite a different history, musically speaking, from Irish ballads to Old timey, Danny and Kate set aside their musical differences and settle on a set focused on friends and whanau (family) from either side of the ditch, with songs they love to play together.
Rhubarb! - Hawkes Bay
Rhubarb! has been around for 25 years. Interactive storytelling involving kids, costumes and the odd bloke in a tutu. Mary Kippenberger and Peter Charlton-Jones are very happy to announce that Rhubarb! has had an upgrade. Arms have been twisted, the begging has worked and Rhubarb! is now four. Welcome to the talented Katie Charlton-Jones and Danny Priestley!
Frank John and Erin Manu from New Plymouth
New Plymouth-based duo, Frank John & Erin Manu, is Taranaki's foremost guitar duo. Originally from Amsterdam, guitarist Frank brings his technical brilliance to this duo. Born & raised in Taranaki, Erin provides the contrast with her Pacific rhythms and smooth and smoky vocals. The addition of bass maestro, Rob Greenfield (classical/jazz), provides another layer beside the vocal and, at last, space for light to shine on Frank’s well crafted original instrumental.
The couple has gained a reputation for breathing life into their interpretations of covers - "high-energy bluegrass, lonesome blues, heartfelt ballads and country-swing" - with tight harmonies and solid arrangements of well-known standards, hidden gems and their own compositions. Whether it's a sizzling instrumental or the soulful delivery of a ballad, this partnership creates a unique sound, heavily influenced by American Roots Music.
FFBH from Dunedin & Nelson
As entertaining as the Famous Five but houndless, Finbar (Barrie McDonald), Florian (Adrian Higgins), Berghman (Steve Barkman) and Hudson (Read Hudson) come together from opposite ends of the South Island to form FFBH. They are far-flung but happy to rely on the telepathy of long friendship, finessed by hectic occasional rehearsal. They have the fastest fingers by half, no flapping flagella brooked here. Their tunes fly forward, backward and heavenward, wafted up like a floating fly ball (Hudson often takes the catch), with some melodies even heading backwards for fun. Well known for finding brilliant harmonies, their compositions form fiducial bearings, helping us find folkways. But how do we know when they’re on? Follow folks beaming happily!