“Ktoo” are Kevin McLoughlin (vocals, guitars, bass, ukulele), and Kevin Ikin (vocals, tenor banjo, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, harmonicas, drums, percussion) - two folk veterans who hail from Dunedin, and who first played together at The New Edinburgh Folk Club in the early 1980s. They are both currently part of Wellington ceilidh band “The Jimmies”, and have both played (at different times) in “The Pioneer Pog ‘n’ Scroggin Bush Band”.
Both Kevs have family links to the South Island’s West Coast and this has stimulated a new collaboration: to gather and record a collection of songs and tunes about The Coast. They have unearthed tall tales and true stories from many sources, reflecting the unique character of the region and its people. Stories from the goldfields, coal mines, towns and landscape of the Wild West, not forgetting the weather! They include songs from the colonial balladeer Charles Thatcher, Phil Garland, Willow Macky, Alwyn Owen, and poems from Dave Ogle and the former West Coast MP, Paddy Blanchfield, that they have set to music. There are original songs and tunes as well, rounding out a fascinating and highly entertaining collection ranging from the serious to the silly.
Ktoo’s CD “Land of the West” was released in December, 2017.
Supporting our main guests tonight are...
The Faustians; Who play a mix of high-lonesome, shot-gun totin' Appalachian Trad., and Old-Timey, Moonshine inspired Originals written up the back of beyond.
Harry Rowland; plays finger-style Original & Trad. songs.
Kevin Meehan; knows more songs than he can remember, mostly from Britain & NZ, some of which have become anthems.
Wilson Murdoch; sings Irish ballads with a sweet Irish Tenor, on top of a silky smooth guitar style that leaves you wanting more.