Ours is a small, informal, low-profile, low-key, modest, understated, relaxing, restrained, easy-going, friendly, laid-back event at Paul and Penny’s orchard,
Ecoworks, in Work Road, Aongatete (just south of Katikati).
This is a perfect setting for a small-scale outdoor concert: there is a permanent stage, and – because it’s a small-scale event with only two or three hundred people attending – concert-goers can sit close to performers under the surrounding fig trees which – along with some strategically-placed gazebos – provide shade. In the unlikely event of rain there are covered areas, so the music can be enjoyed rain or shine!
Performers are a mix of talented amateur, semi-professional and professional artists – sometimes from overseas – playing music in the broad folk tradition: real folk making real music from most genres. At night we always have a jam.
We sometimes hold informal music workshops and have new and second-hand instruments for sale
Professional sound gear and professional sound operators ensure crisp, clear music. The best of everything for the audience and on stage
You’re welcome to bring your own food and beverages. There are usually one or two food stalls and an espresso coffee cart on site.
Please take rubbish home with you.
There are to be no dogs or pets without prior arrangement. We have our own loved cats and chooks and so any small dogs that have prior appoval must be under control and on a leash at all times and no poop left lying around please
A program is available at the ticket desk free of charge and normally follows the same format:
Friday night - Blackboard Concert
Saturday Morning - Blackboard Concert
Saturday Afternoon - Invitaion Concert
Saturday Evening - Guest Artists
PORTALOOS ARE PROVIDED AND LOCATED BETWEEN THE CAMPING AND THE VENUE
156 WORK ROAD
THERE IS OVERFLOW CARPARKING NEXT DOOR AT 176 WORK ROAD
BOOKING IS PREFERABLE FOR MOTORHOMES AND CARAVANS. OVERFLOW TO 176 WORK ROAD
Bring something to sit on, picnic food (although there are food and coffee stalls) and plenty to drink, as it may get hot. There is lots of shade beneath the fruit trees (but bring sunscreen and a hat). Remember to bring some warm clothing for when the sun goes down. A torch is a good idea for packing-up time.
People tend to congregate in the shed, setup for a jam. You are invited to bring your chair, your instrument and your songs and sit around and have a good time with other musicians from all over.