The Madillionaires at MusicHaven • Saturday 8 August, 7.00pm

The Madillionaires; Peter Madill, Jude Madill, and Joseph Coleman, three generations of the same family. Combining dynamic and diverse musical styles with strong vocal harmonies they perform original songs as well as a wide range of music from elsewhere.


Photo: Alex Coleman

As well as having three vocalists, The Madillionaires play guitars, fiddle, banjo, accordion and attitude.

The Madillionaires will entertain you with songs of heroism and hardship, murder and survival. You will be regaled with re-imagined ballads of yesteryear and hear tell of more recent times as well.

Disclosure statement: there may be traces of country; alt-country; folk in this music.

Admission $15 and a small plate of something for supper.
Bookings are essential for this concert:
email, or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486.


Martin Pearson at MusicHaven • Saturday 21 March, 3.00pm

Martin Pearson

Photo: Gerard Hudson

Martin is renowned as not only a marvellous satirist but also as a wonderful poet, musician, singer and author.  He regularly performs at every major folk music festival and folk venue in the country.  His appearances and performances at the prestigious National Folk Festival are legendary and he always fills the largest venues of that huge festival to overflowing. A wonderful night of sparkling comedy and great entertainment.

Martin is a strange mix of serious song, comedic parody and cabernet merlot. Not quite young enough to be up-and-coming and not quite old enough to be a legend, he will continue to describe himself as a folk-singer out of sheer bloody- mindedness, and will crash-tackle anyone who describes him as eclectic.

“Martin has the ability to take a humorous or a serious song and make it his own. He also has the ability to tell stories that engage and entrance his audience. This is the magic of any great performer. All in all a most enjoyable evening. I left feeling great.”

“Variety and wit and effortlessly polished vocal performances. Martin has the outstanding ability to engage the audience, swapping banter and taking them on a wonderfully varied trip. One moment there are members of the audience rolling in their chairs and the next, you could hear a pin drop while they’re spellbound by a simply sublime performance.”

Admission $20 and a small plate for afternoon tea.
Contact Ruth for bookings – or 027 451 5486.

Martin is also playing:
Titirangi Folk Club, Saturday 14 March
Hamilton, Sunday 15 March
Te Rangi, Friday 20 March
Plimmerton Up Close and Personal, Sunday 22 March
Dunedin Folk Club, Sunday 29th March

Pat Smith and Ned Clamp at MusicHaven • Sunday 17 March, 2pm

Pat started to get out a bit in the late 70s with seminal band Swansea Jack. This led to a 25 year career as half of Calennig, recording many albums, and taking traditional Welsh music all over the world. Pat calls and plays with the Calennig Dance Band for twmpathau (Welsh ceilidhs). She is a virtuoso on the spoons, and her workshops, both in spoons and Welsh dance, are informative and highly entertaining.

Ned moved to Wales from the Celtic fringes of Surrey in the 70s and couldn’t find his way back. A stalwart of the south Wales folk scene for over 35 years, playing, singing, calling, promoting, some say he’s been a bit of an anchor. Ned has played in various bands over the years including Juice of Barley (later Juice), the influential ragtime duo Hamstrung Bones, country roots duo Resonator, and his own occasional big (folk) band The Eduardo Clampini Allstars, which featured his sons on brass.

Together, they perform fascinating songs and tunes, old and new, from wherever they can steal them, “blending gentle harmonies with top-drawer musicianship”.

Admission $15 and a small plate for afternoon tea.
Contact Ruth for bookings – or 027 451 5486.

Lindsey Shields at Musichaven • Sunday 2 December, 2pm

Lindsey Shields is a singer and songwriter from Otago with her own take on things personal and political, with well-crafted lyrics on topics as diverse as real estate, Harrison Ford and the Menopause. An avid traveller, Lindsey has been a guest at the Australian National Folk festival in Canberra and the Vancouver Island Music Fest. She has featured at the Auckland Folk Festival and performed at several other New Zealand folk music festivals. She has completed two tours of New Zealand folk music venues and has also performed at house concerts and folk gatherings in the UK.

When she’s at home, Lindsey is based near Dunedin and has been involved in the music scene there for some years. She is currently a member of Folkalyptica and plays with the Irish band Erin St. Previously she enjoyed harmonising and making choreographed fun in the a cappella group Rhonda and the Ravers, singing jazz standards with the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra, performing, recording and touring with the Pioneer Pog ‘n’ Scroggin Bush Band and playing in the Central Otago duo Fandango.

Bookings are essential – email or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486. Admission is $10 and a small plate or bottle for afternoon tea.

Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard at MusicHaven • Wednesday 28 November, 7.30pm

Mark and BrendaMark & Brenda are well known on the acoustic music scene with Mark having a penchant for acoustic rock, blues and reggae while Brenda’s songs lean more towards new folk and alternate country. Her solo album Box of Memories was a finalist in the 2013 Best Folk Album Tui Awards.

Their shows are an eclectic mix of material that can be ‘pin drop’ delicate or sound like a full band. They sometimes pepper their sets with bursts of poetry as well, as Mark is a professional writer.

Brenda and Mark have toured NZ, Australia & the UK for nearly 30 years. What they enjoy most is connecting with the audiences on an intimate level, in acoustic clubs, small theatres, house concerts, churches, – wherever people want to come close and really listen.

Bookings are essential – email or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486. Admission is $10 and a small plate or bottle for supper. 

Some reviews:
“In a programme packed with musical gems played and sung by a truly great line-up, it might have been hard to be a stand-out act, but believe me, the Kiwi duo of Mark Laurent & Brenda Liddiard managed to do just that.”
Brendan (Mook) Hanly, Byron Vista Social Club, Byron Bay

“Confirming the guitar hero status that he earned several decades ago, Mark’s guitar is just about as expressive as his vocals, and what a great songwriter! He sings from the heart, and it’s as much a pleasure watching the audience enjoying the thrill that he obviously gets from sharing his songs and musical gifts”. Roger Giles, Real Music

“Brenda has a beautiful voice and knows how to engage an audience. She worked on every word with passion and commitment and was able to create a very special atmosphere. The audience was spellbound.”
Friz Wollner, Mojo Acoustic

“This fantastic Auckland duo never ceases to amaze me with the diversity of their songs, musicianship and poetry … sublime guitar and mandolin textures and soulful harmonies.”
Mike Moroney, New Edinburgh Folk Club

“Mark and Brenda have perfected the art of listening to and supporting each other musically. Their (songs) are thought-provoking and they perform with great integrity and heart.”
The Muse Community Music Trust

Across the Great Divide at MusicHaven • Saturday 17 November, 2pm

Across the Great Divide have always enjoyed merging the music and styles they were respectively familiar with, to come up with something a little different. Karen took up the challenge of applying Celtic guitar to fast rousing bluegrass, Americana tunes and Tony’s original compositions. Tony in turn, arranged dobro for Celtic airs and fiddle tunes to accompany Karen’s exquisite harp performance and blistering paced guitar fuelled jigs and reels.
Tony Burt and Karen Jones are launching their debut ‘Uncommon Ground’ album. A true folk fusion.

Bookings are essential – email or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486. Admission is $15 and a small plate or bottle for afternoon tea. 

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Terence Blacker in concert • Wednesday 24 October, 7.30pm

Once described by the Boston Globe as an “angry, smart and funny man”, Terence Blacker is a songwriter, singer and author who has sung and read at festivals, clubs and theatres in the UK, Europe and America.  His songs have been compared to the work of Jake Thackray, Tom Lehrer, Noel Coward and Jacques Brel, but his style is very much contemporary and his own.TerenceBlacker

He took a one-man-show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013, and wrote and presented a two-part history of politically incorrect music for BBC Radio, and has released two CDs, Lovely Little Games (2012) and Sometimes You Face Don’t Fit (2016). A new CD – Enough About Me will be released in 2018.

Terence was already an established author when he started writing and performing his songs in 2009.  His musical storytelling – offbeat, funny songs capturing the lives of modern-day misfits and outsiders – quickly found a following at folk clubs and festivals.  One of his early songs – Sad Old Bastards With Guitars – will resonate with many folkies, especially those who’ve played in bands.

Bookings are essential for this concert – email or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486.

$15 on the door.

To find out more about Terence  click here.


Janet Muggeridge, Dave Murphy and Dougal Speir • Sunday 16 September, 2pm

Dave Murphy and Janet Muggeridge are an inspired collaboration. After years of jamming randomly together at festivals and parties, they have put their talent together to form a new duo.
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The glue in this partnership is the combined years of experience playing music, and a formidable skill set. Dave is rated as one of New Zealand’s best finger picking blues guitarists. He underpins their sound with driving guitar work and powerful vocals. This is overlaid with Janet’s mandolin riffs and chops and an unerring sense of harmony.

Their sound is evocative and compelling. Many of their songs will tug at your heartstrings or get your feet tapping as they deliver originals, and songs written by John Prine, Steve Earle, Townz Van Zandt and others. They cover blues, swing, and alt-country numbers with energy and musicality, drawing the audience in.

Dave and Dougal play guitar driven acoustic blues and country. They’ve been playing together for twenty years and can finish each others musical sentences!

Bookings are essential for this concert – email or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486.

$15 on the door and a small plate or bottle for afternoon tea.

Charlotte Yates and Show Pony • Sunday 9 September, 2pm

Charlotte Yates is a top New Zealand singer/songwriter and performer. She’s a wonderful artist with a fabulous repertoire and she brings songs from her most recent album to entertain us.CharlotteYates ShowPonyThis is a great opportunity to hear and see Charlotte, with her percussionist/multi-instrumentalist collaborator Show Pony, in the intimate setting of a house concert.

Bookings are essential for this concert – email or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486.

$15 on the door and a small plate or bottle for afternoon tea.

Jude Madill House Concert • Saturday 7 July, 3pm

Jude Madill is bringing her songs of Butch Cassidy to Palmerston North. She will also be sharing songs about other characters and places, both real and imagined, collected along the way.


photo by Ebony Lamb

With a voice that has been likened to both Kathy Matea and Jewel, Jude plays and sings with great feel and an equal enthusiasm and love for music.

Jude has been singing ‘since forever’ although she has not always performed as a songwriter, she says “For a good part of my life I only sang and played other peoples music – then, quite suddenly, when I was 30-something I started writing songs myself.” Most of Jude’s original music falls somewhere in the folk/alt-country box although her musical inspiration comes from a lot of different genres.

Living in Wellington, Jude has played both solo and in groups around the local folk scene, most recently with The Madillionaires who perform a wide variety of music including some of Jude’s songs. This afternoon will be a mostly solo concert, comprising mostly original material.

Bookings are essential for this concert – email or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486.

$10 cash at the door.