Hobnail bring back their folk sound
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.