The Kist was formed after Pat Higgins heard the sound of a cello from deep in the woods at Wellington Folk Festival. After an arduous and dangerous trek, he came upon a grotto where Rusty Tonz was playing Bach to the podocarps.
After returning to civilization the new flute and cello duet teamed up with 5-string violin player Jude Madill. The Kist is now a trio and features cello, flute, violin, guitar, and frailing banjo. The repertoire stretches from the mists of Ireland to the coal mines of the American Eastern seaboard along with original songs.
The Kist are happiest with themes of love, loss, life and death, to help us make sense of our shared human condition.
Black Eyed Susie
Black Eyed Susie is Kapiti Coast-based violin, guitar, and vocals duo, Ramon Oza and Susan Colien Reid. Susan and Ramon have been performing their unique blend of blues Celtic and funk since 2006.
They have spent 15 years weaving their own sound from Ramon’s R&B Funk guitar and Susie’s Classical / Celtic / Rock violin.
Ramon and Susie write songs and have supported many National and International artists. They love to share good music and make it accessible to all. They regularly perform at Paraparaumu Market which is one of their favourite places to play, bringing upbeat and warm sounds to the street.
Hope and The Hobo
Hope and the Hobo are a duo consisting of Jo Sheffield and Phil Hope, both singer songwriters in their own right who have been collaborating on each other’s original songs since the end of 2021.
Jo has just released her first solo album “Gypsy Mind” and plays with the Eagals, an all-girl Eagles cover band.
Phil is a former bandmate of Matt Hay and the Makers, and the Rag Poets. and the 80's band Hutt River Band.
Annette Esquenet is a singer-songwriter whose songs have a gentle Indie-Folk sound, containing thoughtful observations about life on earth, with an enchanting and slightly mystical twist.
Originally from the UK she now based in Aotearoa / New Zealand on the Kapiti Coast.