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The Eastern ‘Town Like Here’ AOTNZ Tour

The Eastern ‘Town Like Here’ AOTNZ Tour – 26 Jan – 8 March 2013

How to describe this hardworking band with its “poetic, political and ‘bare knuckle’ country influenced songs that sit alongside Springsteen’s working class balladry, the rambunctious Pogues, whisky-voiced Steve Earle, pub rocking Dr Feelgood and Cold Chisel’s open-road truths” ?

Playing close to 200 nights a year around New Zealand, Australia and America over the last six years, The Eastern has made it a point of pride as well as a way of life to pack up their banjo, fiddle, six string and double bass and engage with folks wherever the road has taken them.

Over the past five years they’ve delivered three albums (The Eastern, Arrows and Hope & Wire), and have toured and opened for Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle (twice), Old Crow Medicine Show (twice) and Jimmy Barnes, among others. They’ve made friends and excited audiences wherever they have played – street corners, theatre stages, outback pubs and living rooms – treating every show as the best one yet.

The Eastern’s next tour is a first with Arts On Tour NZ – leaving behind the band’s Lyttelton roots for a six week tour through the highways and byways of rural New Zealand. See itinerary below.

“Hope and heart and honesty delivered in a roof raising, heartbreaking floor shaking manner…”

“… it is not just the music that makes this band such an incredible live act. The songs are great and the musicianship on show is world class, but it is the connection forged with audiences that is special.”
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Saturday 26 January Taumarunui
Little Theatre, 7.30pm
$25 Book: TMP Fashions
Sunday 27 January Opotiki
Senior Citizen’s Hall, 7pm
$15 Book: The Travel Shop, Church St

Wednesday 30 January Tauranga
Tauranga Art Gallery, 7.30pm
$25 Book: Tauranga Art Gallery

Thursday 31 January Kauaeranga
Kauaeranga Hall, 7.30pm
$15 Book: Lisa 868 5999 or Nancy 868 9664

Friday 1 February Coromandel Town
The Mussel Kitchen, 7pm
$25, Concession $20 Book: Coromandel Stationers and door sales
Doors open 6pm for meals and bar

Saturday 2 February Whangarei
Riverbank Centre, 7.30pm
Reyburn House Lane
$20 Book: or Whangarei Suit Hire

Sunday 3 February Kaikohe
Pioneer Village, 1pm
$15 (prepaid) $20 door sales Book: Passions 8 and Pioneer Village

Tuesday 5 February Waimamaku
Morrell’s Café, 6.30pm

Thursday 7 February Whakatane
Little Theatre 7.30pm
$20, $15 seniors, students and early birds
Book: The Good Life and door sales

Friday 8 February Hastings
Hawke’s Bay Opera House Plaza, 7.30pm
$25 Book: Ticketek

Saturday 9 February Tahora
“The Shearers’ Quarters”, 7pm
67 Tahora Rd
$20 Book: Selected Taranaki businesses plus village schools

Wednesday 13 February Oamaru
ODT Inkbox, Opera House, 8pm
Adults $20 Group bookings 10+ $18
Book: or 0800 4 ticket or Oamaru Opera House or i-Site

Thursday 14 February Twizel
Events Centre, 7.30pm
Adults $20, students $10 Book: Events Centre and Lotto Shop

Friday 15 February Arrowtown
Athenaeum Hall, 7.30pm
$20 Book: Lakes District Museum

Saturday 16 February Riverton
Community Arts Centre. 7.30pm
$20 member $25 non member
Book: Riverton Community Arts Centre

Monday 18 February Stewart Island
Community Centre, 7.30pm
$20 Door sales only

Tuesday 19 February Ettrick
Ettrick Hall, 8pm
$20 Book: Door sales and Ettrick Tavern

Wednesday 20 February Franz Josef
St James Church, 7.30pm
Book: Glacier Motors (cash only) Bella Vista Motel (Visa and EFTPOS)

Thursday 21 February Okarito
Donovan’s, 7.30pm
$25 Book: Debbie 03 753 4017 Edwina 03 753 4014

Friday 22 February Hokitika
Regent Theatre, 8pm
$25 Book: Hokitika Regent Theatre or website

Saturday 23 February Westport
NBS Theatre, 7.30pm
Adults $15, seniors/Sec Students $12.50, Child $9, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $45
Book: NBS Theatre

Sunday 24 February Karamea
Karamea Village Hotel, 7pm

Wednesday 27 February Wairau Valley
Dharma Bums Club 7pm w/Lindon Puffin

Thursday 28 February Richmond
The Playhouse Café, 8pm
Earlybird $10 (20 only), $15 pre-sale, $20 door sales
Book: The Playhouse Cafe 540 2985, Everyman Records

Friday 1 March Hanmer
Memorial Hall, 7.30pm
Seniors/students $15 Adults $20
Book: Local libraries, i-Site and door sales

Saturday 2 March Amberley
Balcairn Hall, 8pm
$25 No BYO, No Door Sales
Book: Sally Mac, Amberley; Harrington Jewellers Rangiora

Sunday 3 March Ashburton
Ashburton Trust Event Centre, 7pm
$25 each; $22.50 each for 2 or 3; $20 each for 4 or more. Door sales all $25

Friday 8 March Lyttelton
Wunderbar 9pm w/Lindon Puffin
$15 presale $20 door

Arts On Tour New Zealand
Arts On Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts.


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