Hobnob with Hobnail in Hokowhitu
Welly celtic folk/rock band Hobnail hit town on Saturday night for a 21st birthday celebration. Their own. Rob Joass (vocals, guitar) and Jo Moir (vocals and violin) have provided the core of the group since 1994 when they first performed as part of a trio called Hobnail Boots.
Since then, the band has expanded, contracted, played the country, toured the world, shortened its name, recorded six albums, been New Zealand Music Awards finalists, and settled (for the moment) on a lineup with Rob and Jo, drummer Caroline Easther and multi instrumentalist Hamish Graham.
For the birthday bash at the Hokowhitu Bowling Club this Saturday night, Hobnail will be playing songs from their latest album. Recorded in 2015, String Things, features songs from across the band’s 21 year history.
Among them are old faves, never before recorded covers, and some new songs. Rob reckons this is the album that fans have been asking them to make for years. Guests on the recording include the legendary Wayne Mason (Rob’s band-mate from Too Many Chiefs) on piano, accordion player Alan Norman and vocalist Kim Bonnington.
Regular guests at Tokomaru’s old Bent Horseshoe, Hobnail played the venue’s farewell con- cert in July last year.
This Saturday, March 5, the band strikes up in the Hokowhitu Bowling Club at 7.30pm. Tickets are $20, and bookings can be made on 06 329 8808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellington Celtic-folkcountry-rock band Hobnail, from left Jo Moir, Caroline Easther, Rob Joass and Hamish Graham.