Hob­nail bring back their folk sound

Manawatu Guardian - - STEPPING OUT -

Hob­nail com­bine Celtic clas­sic folk and coun­try in­flu­ences and add su­perb mu­si­cian­ship and song­writ­ing and blend it all into a show that will take an au­di­ence on a daz­zling ride.

Hob­nail was born 23 years ago. Rob Joass and Jo Moir had pre­vi­ously played to­gether in the short lived Wild Blue Yon­der, an acous­tic folk/pop band in­flu­enced by the likes of Paul Kelly and The Go-Betweens in a ca­reer high­light, open­ing for Suzanne Vega.

Hob­nail Boots was an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent an­i­mal, start­ing life as a party band play­ing Celtic and coun­try mu­sic, but al­ways with a solid slice of orig­i­nal ma­te­rial thrown in. Find­ing their orig­i­nal ma­te­rial as pop­u­lar with au­di­ences as the cover ver­sions, they started tak­ing things a bit more se­ri­ously, record­ing and tour­ing their own mu­sic. They were in­vited to play in North Amer­ica on the back of their first two al­bums; De­boot (1996) and Train­ing at Al­ti­tude (1998). Dates in Eng­land and Ger­many fol­lowed. Great gigs, great times.

Things changed when fam­i­lies were started, as the busi­ness of life meant that tour­ing the world wasn’t much of an op­tion. But the band has a com­mit­ment to their mu­sic and each other, so they con­tin­ued work­ing to­gether — tour­ing around NZ when pos­si­ble and re­leas­ing al­bums.

It was in­evitable that ear­lier in­flu­ences would resur­face, and at this point there was a no­tice­able shift back to a folk/ coun­try sound. Bars gave way to con­cert venues — danc­ing au­di­ences gave way to lis­ten­ing au­di­ences. But they never lost the knack of get­ting toes tap­ping and peo­ple danc­ing.

Hob­nail at Bent Horse­shoe Cafe, 7.30pm, Novem­ber 10, tick­ets $20 in ad­vance, Hokowhitu Bowl­ing Club, 279 Al­bert St.

Hob­nail will be back with their folk/coun­try sound.

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