Bring your dancing shoes for an old-time hoedown at Whangateau Hall with Barry and the Crumpets.
Barry and the Crumpets released their debut album “A Good Keen Band” in September and are touring the North Island for the rest of the year to make sure folk get to hear it live and kicking.
This will be a foot-stomping, barn-romping country dance extravagance of old-time classics, breakneck bluegrass and folky originals to get your toes tappin’.
No folk dancing experience necessary as the band will call you through the dances. If you’ve been to a ceilidh you’ll know what to do. If you haven’t, you’ll have fun learning.
You can find their debut album “A Good Keen Band” on Bandcamp now for streaming or purchase. Check out the Facebook page for dates of the album release tour.
It all started in Wellington when three friends started jamming together with banjo, mandolin and cajon on a dark midwinter night in 2017. As the night wore on, the tunes got stompier, their friends danced faster and before they knew it a band was born.
After 18 months of gigging around markets, bars and house parties in Wellington, a fiddler joined the fray. The band have since been honing their particular flavour of upbeat, old-fashioned mountain music and three-part harmonies with a smattering of Celtic roots.
Barry and the Crumpets are:
Brendan Schenk: Vocals, Mandolin
Rachel Evans: Vocals, Fiddle
Donald James: Vocals, Cajon
Simon Carryer: Vocals, Banjo, Cello Banjo