Rangi plays host to alt coun­try sound

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Book­ings for Satur­day’s 8pm show, which in­cludes sup­per and a cash bar, are $40 and $80 for a fam­ily with school age chil­dren, and can be made through Shel­ley 06 328 2854 or hopdew@in­spire.net.nz

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

Ebony Lamb

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.

PHOTO: KATE MACPHER­SON/SUP­PLIED

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.

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