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 steve@ben­thorse­shoe.co.nz.


Welling­ton Celtic-folk­coun­try-rock band Hob­nail, from left Jo Moir, Caro­line Eas­ther, Rob Joass and Hamish Gra­ham.

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