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Thu, 18 Jan

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Tākaka Village Green

Golden Grass Bluegrass Band: Live Performance and Jam Session

A wide range of upbeat songs ranging from old time to contemporary bluegrass that will get you dancing followed by a hosted jam session. A delightfully musical night of music on the Village Green.

Golden Grass Bluegrass Band: Live Performance and Jam Session
Golden Grass Bluegrass Band: Live Performance and Jam Session

Time & Location

18 Jan 2024, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tākaka Village Green, 39 Commercial Street, Tākaka 7110, New Zealand

About the event

We are Golden Grass, a new Bluegrass Band in Golden Bay. We are Callie on Fiddle, Banjo, and Vocals, Jed on Guitar, Banjo, and Vocals, Neal on Guitar and  Vocals and Tara on Cajon, Tambourine, Shaky Eggs and Vocals. We play upbeat songs that will get people dancing and slower ones too. With a wide range of Old Time bluegrass to more contemporary.

Koha at the event is appreciated.

Callie Lamont - Fiddle, banjo and voice for Golden Grass.

"I hail from the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, where I learnt bluegrass and old-time music from its source. I play a 100-year-old American fiddle and a clawhammer-style open backed banjo, occasionally contributing vocals for effective bluegrass harmonies."

Jed Bright - Guitar, banjo and vocals.

"I haven't met a genre of music I don't like! I've been especially influenced by jazz, jam bands, and bluegrass. Musical improvisation is a beloved activity I love to share with others. I'm currently recording a debut album of original material."

Neal Bonner - Guitar and vocals.

"Raised by a father who called Square Dance, in my youth I listened to prog rock. Picked up the guitar at 15, which remained my place to go too. 

Joined a punk band about 12 years ago, was in an acoustic duo for 5 years then came to NZ 6 years ago forming another duo. 

Now play for other singers, whilst developing my own style of poetry to music."

Tara Spence - Cajon, tambourine, shaky eggs and vocals.

"I grew up in Ohio, in the midwestern US of A, where music was my refuge. Steeped in many genres on long car rides I listened closely to lyrics, melodies and rhythms. At 17 I moved to Boone, North Carolina, where I was promptly and properly exposed to the heart of Bluegrass and recognized it in my soul. First and foremost my body is my instrument as I am a dancer - this translates into percussion and generally bringing the hype! 

Improvising and jamming are some of my favorite spaces to share with others."

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