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.


KToo House Concert • Sunday 6 May, 2pm

“Ktoo” are Kevin McLoughlin and Kevin Ikin, two folk veterans who hail from Dunedin and first played together at The New Edinburgh Folk Club in the early 1980s. They both played (at different times) in “The Pioneer Pog ‘n’ Scroggin Bush Band” and are currently part of Wellington ceilidh band “The Jimmies”.

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Both Kevs have family links to the South Island’s West Coast and this has stimulated their new collaboration: to gather and record a collection of songs and tunes about the Coast. Ktoo’s CD, “Land of the West”, was released in December, 2017.

They have unearthed tall and true tales from many sources, reflecting the unique character of the region and its people – stories from the goldfields, coal mines, towns and landscape of the Wild West, not forgetting the weather! They include songs from the colonial balladeer Charles Thatcher, Phil Garland, Willow Macky, Alwyn Owen and poems from Dave Ogle and the former West Coast MP, Paddy Blanchfield that they have set to music

There are original songs and tunes as well, rounding out a fascinating and highly entertaining collection ranging from the serious to the silly.

Instrumentally, Ktoo is as diverse as its material. The duo accompanies its songs on guitars, tenor banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass, bouzouki, harmonicas and percussion.

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

Mandy Connell and Girl Friday House Concert • Saturday 14 April, 2pm

Mandy Connell and Girl Friday visit New Zealand in April 2018, and will play a MusicHaven house concert this Saturday, 14 April, from 2pm. Award winning songwriters, and well loved in Victoria and Australia, they head to New Zealand to make new friends and see new horizons.

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Mandy Connell has a striking voice and an immense command of her space. A strong story teller, Connell is completely spellbinding, leaving no doubts as to her skills with words, and with her handmade guitars The front woman for Stray Hens, and host of a video series featuring chat and duets, “An Otherwise Quiet Room”, she offers us a full set of her own work.

Girl Friday (Tracey Hogue) with her folk, jazz and blues sensibilities evokes a sense of nostalgia, innocence and melancholy. Her rich, soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics remind us that people have felt and sung about the same things forever and a day. Girl Friday’s arrangements mark her out as a talented writer on ukulele and guitar, and it’s her evocative, tender style that has us in the palm of her gently strumming hand.

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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Mandy Connell singing at the National Festival in Canberra.

Gary Elford House Concert • Saturday 3 March, 2pm


Gary Elford will do a house concert at MusicHaven, 17 Waldegrave Street, Palmerston North, at 2pm on Saturday 3 March.

Gary is a poet, dance caller and entertainer based in Christchurch.  His shows can present a range of poetry, dance, acoustic music, rock and roll and country rock music.  His poetry is mainly in the form of bush ballads.

Admission $10 and a small plate or bottle for afternoon tea.

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

Two concerts in January • Alan Reid, Sunday 14th • Pete Grassby, Wednesday 17th

Alan Reid • Sunday 14 January • 2pm

Admission $20 and a small plate or bottle for afternoon tea.

25994847_10210071139607411_6130073459068901028_nAlan Reid is a gifted singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his time at the helm of Scotland’s Battlefield Band, who have been pre-eminent in Scottish traditional music for over forty years. Alan spent several decades as with the group, as they toured worldwide to an ever increasing audience. His songs and keyboard playing were a major feature of their repertoire during this period.

Since retiring from the band in 2010, Alan has been performing in a duo with Dutch guitarist and singer Rob Van Sante and also as a solo artist.

Alan and Rob played Musichaven back in 2011 and we are delighted that Alan the soloist will make this return visit singing some of his popular songs.

Bookings are essential – email or contact Ruth on 027 451 5486. Remember to also bring extra cash to buy CDs.

Pete Grassby • Wednesday 17 January • 7.30pm

Admission $15 and a small plate for supper.


Pete will sing some songs, play some tunes, and possibly call a dance on the back lawn (depending on the weather and the audience).

He is a native of Coventry, England and has been singing and performing since the age of four.  On leaving school he started a folk group in which he was lead singer and composed many of their songs and tunes. In the seventies he started playing with the Sherbourne Ceilidh Band, first on bass guitar and later on melodeon, and began calling dances. Currently sings/plays in his band called the Aardvarks.

Over the years he has become increasingly interested in  learning, playing and teaching a wide variety of dances from both the English  tradition and further afield. He travels extensively as a Morris dancer with Coventry Morris Men and for his job as “The Melodeon Repairer”, which brings him into contact with many dance groups from whom he continues to expand his repertoire. He has won a number of singing awards, including the coveted Sidmouth Singer competition.

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


Robin Laing House Concert • Tuesday 17 October, 8pm

Robin Laing will be playing a house concert at our place on Tuesday 17 October at 8pm.

Robin is recognised as one of the most brilliant singer / songwriters from Scotland and has been a full-time musician since 1996, when he “downshifted” from a professional career. He writes wonderfully sensitive songs about friends and family, fantastic story songs about characters from Scotland’s history and also excruciatingly funny songs too.

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He has released many successful solo albums to date, the last few being songs and stories about his other passion – malt whisky! In this regard he has another string to his bow and regularly chairs whisky tasting panels for the Scottish Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh – what a terrible job, but someone has to do it! This combined with his songs about the drams of Caledonia has made him very much in demand around Europe and Scandinavia with his unique musical whisky tastings.

Admission price for this concert is $20 and a small plate or liquid contribution for supper.  Make sure you bring cash as you will be tempted by his CDs.

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