Tuesday 10 May : Butter Wouldn’t Melt


Main Act: Butter Wouldn't Melt

With Support by:

Toil and trouble
Kevin Meehan

Butter Wouldn't Melt

Nick Burfield was a guest at both the Auckland and Wellington folk festivals and when not on the stage, he can often be found sitting around a tent picking some old country or blues tune. He has always gravitated towards Blues, Country and Americana, but a stint at jazz school and a heavy interest in groups like The Band and The Grateful Dead have left their own mark on his music. He has landed somewhere in between and has returned to his acoustic roots after a brief stint in the rock band Skinnybone Tree.  
Andrea Reid, daughter of folk musicians Jean Reid (The Queen of Traditional Harmonies) and Andrew Judd (NZ's Jethro Tull) was raised in west Auckland and has attended the Auckland Folk Festival since before her very first birthday. Chances are if you've wandered into a singing circle at a folk festival in New Zealand you've heard her wonderful harmonies. In 2010 she won the Martin Blackman award and since then she has been a founding member of Pocket Candy and Norwegian Blues. She has performed with Wai Tai, The Reid Holland Project, Scallywag and as a duet with Victoria Vigenser. She is one of the few performing dulcimer players in New Zealand and is also an accomplished whistle player. Though her music may have strayed from her traditional upbringing, she still brings her unique talent of harmonising that she learned at the feet of some of New Zealand's top traditional folk singers.
Derek Burfield (*Wellington gigs and festivals only) has been around long enough to remember Poles Apart and he's been lugging his distinctive double bass around the New Zealand folk scene ever since. He was one of the founding members of Railway Pie and has played in bands with Neil Finlay, the Christiansons, Al Young, and many more.

Toil and Trouble

Toil and Trouble comprise 3 musicians who have between them more years' performing experience than they care to mention.  RON CRAIG has delighted many with his extensive repertoire, mellow vocal and accomplished guitar playing; JUDE DOUGLAS is a versatile fiddler with a love of Scottish styles in particular; and MARY HUBBLE sings and plays flute (though not simultaneously).  They have been enjoying each other's company and music for a few years now and will share their pleasure with an evocative mixture of tunes and songs.

Kevin Meehan

Kevin Meehan loves the old English ballad with its stories of life both as it was, and is now. His repertoire includes songs from: Ewan MacColl, Tom Paxton, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, and Richard Thompson [to name a few], as well as a few originals. He also is the former president and instigator of Mainly Acoustic Music Club and is looking forward to plucking of few from his songbook in May.
OR you may prefer the one he just sent me - which is too long - or bits of both 🙂
Blessed to be born in the ‘‘50s, loved the music of Kenny Ball, The Temperance Seven, Lonnie Donegan and the wonderful music that followed these folks. As a family highlight, we visited my Aunty Molly on a Sunday. She had a piano. And fancy sandwiches. Relatives gathered, sang songs from earlier days sipping glasses of lemonade, something stronger. I listened, took it all in, loved the festivity of it all. From those days I still enjoy playing and listening to a wide range of music. From traditional folk and country songs to classical pieces, plus some good ol’ rock & roll.
These days, I’m drawn to songs that have a certain “feel” about them. Lyrics that seem to “sing out loud” all on their own, weaving a good story in the process. Melodies - something whistle-able, falling on the gentle side of life, reaching out all the way to a haunting ballad. Amongst all this serious stuff though, there’s also room for a humorous song.  I’m looking forward to performing a few of these songs in May. 


Kaboodle are Diana Bastion [vocals] & Julian Ward [guitar & shruti box] performing a collection of airs & ballads, and original instrumentals.
Julian wrote that - very succinct 🙂