Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman house concert, 15 January, 2.30pm

chris_maire_oct2013Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman will play a house concert at our place at 2.30pm on Sunday 15 January. Their music is a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.

Bookings are essential for this concert – email ruth@musichaven.co.nz or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486.

$25 cash at the door and bring extra for CD’s.

For more information about Chris and Máire go to http://www.maireandchris.com/

Reverie • 4 December • 2pm

The final MusicHaven house concert for 2016 is on Sunday 4 December at 2pm.
Cost is $10.  Let me know if you are coming by email ruthbirnie@clear.net.nz
or text 0274515486.  We will follow the concert with a shared meal.

reverie“Reverie” are Victoria Vigenser and Tony Hillyard:

Victoria has a spell binding quality to her voice that she weaves into every performance. With a special passion for harmony, her accompaniment on guitar, dulcimer or bodhran is always delicate and thoughtful. Victoria holds traditional song at her musical core, and has also developed an enviable reputation as a talented young singer/songwriter and vocal accompanist.

Tony is recognised for performances that are liberally laced with strong, emotional melodies and lyrics. A balladeer at heart, he researches and chooses his material with skill and sensitivity. Tony’s voice has been described as “hot, creamy chocolate!”, and his fingerstyle accompaniment on guitar and six string banjo adds layers of melody as if another voice were in the mix.

Together they sing and play songs, ballads and melodies drawn from the head, heart and soul of the folk roots movement.

Celia Briar in concert 20 November

Celia will play beautiful music for us from 3pm next Sunday afternoon.

$10 at the door. Let me know if you are coming ruthbirnie@clear.net.nz or 0274515486.


We will follow the concert with a shared meal, for any one who wants to stay and catch up with Celia while she is in NZ. Celia has been away from Palmerston North a good few years now, but she was a very strong influence on the music scene here.

Celia performs traditional instrumental music on the Celtic harp. She is a former all-Ireland harp champion, with four albums to her credit.

Celia’s Minstrel harps are beautiful instruments, with a superb tone, made by Kim Webby from New Zealand native timbers

Niels Gedge at Musichaven


Photo by Peter Dyer

Niels Gedge in concert
Thursday 10 November
starting at 7.30pm 

$10 at the door

To book contact Ruth on ruthbirnie@clear.net.nz
or 027 451 5486

Niels’ songs reflect a deep grounding in country, folk, blues and gospel styles, and an evening with Niels might range from Robert Burns to Tracey Chapman, to Hank Snow, as well as his own songs.  Many of his songs draw on the landscapes of Aotearoa/New Zealand to tell stories of life and the echoes of lives past.

Niels most recent CD Maui’s Whale will be available at the house concert.

For more information about Niels, click here.

Helen Stewart in Concert

Helen Stewart at MusicHaven – 3pm, Sunday 11 September, 2016 


Helen Stewart is a contemporary singer songwriter hailing from the Waikato.

Helen has been collecting and writing for several years and her repertoire and performance are varied, beautiful and powerful. The songs she writes are very rich and expressive and can hit right in the heart without being too syrupy. Helen’s songs cover social issues, NZ history and also personal but recognizable reflections on the human condition.

Her easy flowing finger picking guitar style brings it altogether for a strong solo performance

$10.00 per person (bring cash). BYO drinks. Tea and coffee provided. We will follow the concert with a shared meal, so bring a plate if you would like to stay for the meal.

Space is limited, so please confirm if you are coming. Phone Ruth on 0274515486.