Mu­si­cian re­turns

From the ru­ral re­treat of Toko­maru’s Bent Horse­hoe to the sub­ur­ban set­ting of Hokowhitu, Steve Tol­ley is in­cor­ri­gi­ble.


Last year he moved his con­cert venue to the Hokowhitu Bowl­ing Club on Al­bert St, and hasn’t looked back.

Steve opens the club’s 2016 con­cert sea­son this Satur­day night with the in­com­pa­ra­ble Paul Ubana Jones.

Since 1973, Paul has played the world fes­ti­val cir­cuit, and has joined leg­ends in­clud­ing the late BB King, Bob Dy­lan and No­rah Jones, on stage.

From the acous­tic folk blues of Skip James and Ray Charles to the Brit folk blues of Bert Jansch and John Ren­bourn and the Afro’ roots of his father’s coun­try – Nige­ria, Paul has a truly eclec­tic style.

As a lead in to the evening en­ter­tain­ment, the bowl­ing club has games of ‘bare foot bowls’ in the af­ter­noon from 4.30pm.

Any­one is wel­come to come along and give the game a go.

‘‘The ba­sics are easy to learn and there will be bowls for you to use and peo­ple to help you out,’’ Steve says.

‘‘We fin­ish play about 6-ish and of­fer a meal of ham and sal­ads ei­ther on the lawn or in­side.’’

The mu­sic kicks off with a gen­tle mix of folk, blues and cov­ers from lo­cal singer and gui­tarist Kate Far­ru­gia around 7.15pm. Paul takes the stage from 8pm

There is a full bar, with book­ings for the con­cert es­sen­tial on 06 329 8808 or steve@ben­thorse­­ets for the ‘Acous­tic Soul of Paul Ubana Jones’ show are $30 with the meal ex­tra.


The ir­re­sistible mu­si­cal trea­sure that is Paul Ubana Jones is back in town for an evening of mu­sic with a meal.

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