June 2018



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Come one, come all to the Tairua Country Club for All Blacks vs France Live! A great family friendly evening and meals available.

Bookings are recommended for meals. Call us on 07 864 8416 or 021 829 645.

See you there!


sunday June 24TH, 2018 (2.30pm) - Kauaeranga Hall, thames


Bernie Griffen has won plenty of followers with his moody, emotive brand of folk-country music, and RNZ National Radio’s Trevor Reekie calls him a “national treasure”. Bernie’s song 29 Diamonds for the miners lost at Pike River might just go down in history as the song that best records the disaster.

“Mining is a constant theme in folk music, where workers sing about the hardship and perils of the industry,” says Bernie. “The song came to me with the phrase ‘twenty-nine diamonds for a lump of coal’ and I knew I had it.”

Bernie Griffen is touring his third album Doors Wide Open, which sees the emergence of his musical collaborator, partner and band member Kirsten Warner. The album ranges from driving blues to whimsical country swing, classic folk to the Latin rhythms of his first single “My Brain Exploded”.

Dubbed Southern Gothic, Bernie Griffen mines a terrain of his own that could also be described as swamp folk or psychedelic country and shows his understanding and feel for his American and Kiwi music roots.

There are plenty of tales to tell in the making of this album, recorded in Melbourne when the couple were diverted there after Bernie fell sick on the plane to Europe. Their European tour was cancelled but in Melbourne they met and recorded with folk-music virtuoso mandolin player Luke Plumb, from the Celtic supergroup Shooglenifty who produced and played on the record.

It’s the first time the couple have recorded a full album together, although Kirsten Warner contributed backing vocals on Griffen’s previous albums Salvation (2014) and Everything so Far (2012) with Bernie Griffen and The Grifters.

Seven years ago and struggling as a writer Kirsten Warner turned to music and learned to sing and play guitar. She discovered music is indeed joyful and easily as hard a road as writing. However, there’s been progress on both fronts: Kirsten’s first novel The Sound of Breaking Glass will be published by Wellington’s Makaro Press this year, and later in 2018 a volume of poetry will be published by Auckland’s Compound Press.

They are joined by Chris Kemp on drums (Kendall Elise Band) and Garry Trotman on bass (The Remarkables, Wire & Wood).

Bernie Griffen and the Thin Men will be playing at Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames. Tickets cost $22 (door sales) or $20 (pre book). Book on 021912993 or Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com or Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames.