Our next club night will be held under Level 2 restrictions. In collaboration with the Mayfair Cafe we are able to maintain the required social distancing.
- Mask wearing is essential until sitting at your table.
- Sign in using the Covid tracer on arrival
- Please have your vaccine pass ready
Please text Fiona, mentioning your name and how many are coming. 021 1205961
He started his music career in Christchurch. His first public performance was singing “Green –back Dollar” at the Lincoln Coronation Hall, aged 11. He played around Christchurch, in mostly blues-based bands, during his teenage years. In 1974, he sailed to the UK on the good ship Australis. He played the Irish Trad and Country circuit in London for 3 years. He returned to New Zealand and joined Wellington band Rockinghorse for a brief time. This was followed by a stint in the Tigers, travelling to Australia with them and touring relentlessly, including an Australia-wide tour with Eric Burdon.
Upon his return to Wellington in 1987, he formed the Warratahs. The band became known for Saunders’ compositions, such as “Maureen”, “Hands of my Heart”, “St. Peter’s Rendezvous” and many others. After 9 albums, they are still very much alive.
He recorded solo albums Weatherman, Red Morning, and Zodiac, touring them extensively. Barry has appeared on the bill with Tony J. White, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Joe Cocker, and has also performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The last 3 years have included the Church Tour (alongside Marlon Williams, Tami Neilson and Delaney Davidson), and the Last Waltz Tour, celebrating and performing the songs of The Band. In 2019 he released the highly acclaimed album Word Gets Around, an album written and recorded with Delaney Davidson. In 2019 Barry was commissioned by Kokomai - Wairarapa Creative Festival to develop a touring performance designed for presentation in small rural halls. He created As Far As The Eye Can See with Ebony Lamb and Caroline Easther.
For their collaboration Word Gets Around, Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders received the 2020 Tui for Recorded Music NZ's Best Country Artist.
He is currently playing some new songs for an acoustic album out April/May 2022.
Nycki is a singer-songwriter from Upper Hutt. Her singing journey has taken her from busker to backing vocalist, to a musical theatre performer. You may have seen her performing as one half of The Fergusson Drive. Nycki’s original songs speak from the heart and put music to the stories of her life.
Barry Carter has been writing songs for nearly 40 years. In the past he has admired songwriters such Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Kelly, Richard Thompson, Tracey Chapman, Dave Dobbyn to name a few; but has recently discovered writers such Bo Carter, Merline Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, Ma Rainey, Allen Bunn and other Trad Jazz / Blues writers.
Barry usually performs in a duo with his wife Marian, but can also be seen at times in the back-line of Wellington’s New Valley Stompers playing washboard and guitar, as well as sound mixing. He is a regular fixture at Mainly Acoustic club nights, providing great sound mixing
"Atmospheric", "ambient" and "cinematic" are some of the words people often use to describe Vince's music. A solo instrumentalist on the acoustic bass guitar, he accompanies the vivid images evoked by the music with his droll sense of humour and self-deprecating asides..