Rangi plays host to alt country sound
It’ll be ‘‘a good fun night in Rangi’’’.
This Saturday, Rangiwahia, north of Apiti, is the last stop on a 20-gig tour for Wellington alt country folk band, Eb & Sparrow.
Every couple of years, the locality holds a community concert. Shelley Dew-Hopkins says this year it’s for the Friends of St Barnabas, the community’s 110-year-old church, with inquiries about Saturday’s Eb & Sparrow gig coming from as far away as Stewart Island.
The band’s Ebony Lamb (Eb) says it has been a highly successful tour.
‘‘We like small towns ... and we’ve been playing in communities that don’t get many shows, so for us to be able to get to Rangiwahia – I’m thrilled.’’
The five-piece outfit tailors its performances for both small and
large venues, and finds they appeal to a wide range of audience from newborns to 90-year-olds. From ballads to the rollicking, Eb & Sparrow is cementing its reputation as one of the coolest Kiwi country groups around. ‘‘Any one who likes Barry Saunders and The Warratahs will like us,’’ Eb says.
Alt country band Eb & Sparrow left to right Bryn Heveldt – lapsteel/guitar, Jason Johnson – bass, guitar, backing vocals, Ebony Lamb – singer, guitar, lead vocals, songwriter, Nick Brown – drummer, backing vocals, Chris Winter – trumpet, guitar, bass, vocals.