Irish Great to Perform in Wairarapa

Aratoi presents Andy Irvine, one of the great Irish singers, for a one-night-only concert at the museum on Thursday 30 January.  

Performing for more than 50 years, Andy Irvine is an icon of world music. His career includes Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, a duo with Paul Brady, Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD and Usher’s Island.  He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster. Irvine plays the 2020 Auckland Folk Festival, and his NZ Tour is supported by Cultur Eireann / Culture Ireland.

"His singing is pure emotion. His playing is both delicate and energetic…  He’s often been mimicked, but never equalled." - Irish Times

“A true legend” – Mark Rogers, Radio New Zealand

Wairarapa’s 'Bob and Kate' Bob Cooper-Grundy and Kate Marshall also perform. Cooper-Grundy has been playing blues guitar and singing country songs for some 40 odd years.  Marshall is a multi-instrumentalist - violin, accordion, flute – who trained in classical piano. Together, they’ve played Dunedin Folk Festival, Jazz in Martinborough, Tahora, Ti Rangi, Wellington Folk Festival and more.

ANDY IRVINE. Aratoi. Thursday, 30 January 2020. Tickets from Eventfinda from $20; $25 at door. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Bar. Intermission. Cash sale only for CDs.

“Music is an art form,” said Aratoi Director Susanna Shadbolt. "This Live @ Aratoi concert series is here for the community and presented by the community – a collaboration with Grafia Productions, Masterton Arts Fund of the Masterton District Council, and the donation of sound gear by the Cross Creek Blues Club.  Like our exhibitions, we programme a range of new and familiar voices, local and international.  Our Wesley Wing, a decommissioned church, provides a beautiful ambience and exquisite acoustics.”

Live @ Aratoi has presented acts from across Aotearoa Frank Burkitt Band, Sarah Dill, Grafia, Meg Hunter, Jeep Rd, Jhan Lindsay, Rimutaka All Stars Dixie Swing Band, Snake Creek Band, Anthonie Tonnon, Victoria Vigenser, Hemi Walker, Australia Alchemy, Lindsay Martin NZ/Germany Hinemoana Baker, Honduras/NZ Leonel Alvarado, South Africa Zulu Love, and USA Richard Gilewitz.

Two recent concerts at Aratoi:                                                                                                              

November 2019 - We Mavericks Tour NZ - Lindsay Martin (Aus) and Victoria Vigenser (NZ) Nominated for Best Folk Artist | Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa – 2020 New Zealand Music Awards.  

September 2019 - Hinemoana Baker, singer-songwriter-poet currently living in Berlin. Concertgoers called the night “epic” and “genius”.  Hinemoana Baker said, “Masterton was a blast” and called the support act, Wairarapa’s 14-year-old singer-songwriter-pianist Meg Hunter, “a miracle” on stage. 


For media inquiries:

Finn McLennan-Elliott, concert promoter, [email protected]