The ’Shoe is shuf­fling off softly


With more end­ings than an over­ture by Tchaikovsky, the Bent Horse­shoe at Toko­maru con­tin­ues to take its fi­nal bows.

There are only two of­fi­cial gigs left . . . not count­ing the fi­nal jam day.

First up, this Satur­day, July 25, will see An­drew Lon­don per­form with The Grownups.

‘‘An­drew has been one of our great­est sup­port­ers, and we couldn’t fin­ish with­out another gig from him,’’ the ‘Shoe’s Steve Tol­ley says.

The Grownups are James Cameron of Velox Broth­ers fame on dou­ble bass and vo­cals, and the great Wayne Ma­son on key­boards.

‘‘If you have not seen this combo be­fore, they are ex­cel­lent,’’ Tol­ley says. ‘‘James has a great voice and is a su­perb player. The oth­ers you know, and we can al­ways ex­pect a great show from them. It will be great to see Wayne again; he is such a great mu­si­cian and keen sup­porter.’’

The trio’s coun­try-rock and western swing-in­flu­enced reper­toire will re­visit the 2007 Tui-nom­i­nated al­bum Back To Rosetta Road, by The Cat­tlestops, with Lon­don, Cameron and fid­dle leg­end Colleen Tren­with, which was used on the sound­track of the Kiwi movie Sec­ond Hand Wed­ding.

‘‘The Grownups is an op­por­tu­nity to get those songs back out there,’’ Lon­don says, ‘‘and also some new ones from an al­bum that we’re cur­rently record­ing.

‘We’re thrilled to be able to fit in a last Bent Horse­shoe gig. It’s been a must on ev­ery Kiwi mu­si­cian’s tour­ing itin­er­ary for most of the last decade, and its ab­sence will leave a big hole.’’

The fi­nal of­fi­cial gig will take place on Fri­day, July 31, with Rob Joass and Hob­nail, with the farewell party jam on Sun­day, Au­gust 16.

An­drew Lon­don and the Grownups play from 7.30pm this Satur­day, $20; book­ings by email or 06 329 8808.


James Cameron and An­drew Lon­don are the pil­lars of An­drew Lon­don and the Grownups, and will be joined by Wayne Ma­son for one fi­nal gig at the Bent Horse­hoe.

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