Wine Cellar Strings feat.Steve Abel, The Bads and Bernie Griffen
The Wine Cellar Strings, a rag-tag collection of string players from some of the most exciting acts currently operating in Auckland’s thriving alternative folk scene, made their sell-out debut in September of this year. The concept was simple: fiddle players, cellists and upright bass players from bands that play and drink regularly at The Wine Cellar – the beating heart of the Auckland underground – would get together and form a string section, inviting their favourite songwriters to feature in occasional special shows, performing stripped-back versions of their songs with swaggering string arrangements.
That first show in September, featuring Reb Fountain, Goodshirt’s Gareth Thomas and Bernie Griffen, drew a capacity crowd to the Wine Cellar and saw the Wine Cellar Strings invited to join Delaney Davidson, Marlon Williams and Tami Neilson – the three finalists of this year’s APRA silver scroll for best country song – for a special one-off show on Waiheke Island.
For this second performance at the Wine Cellar, the Wine Cellar Strings have invited along three acts with well-deserved reputations as leading lights of the Auckland alt-folk scene. Bernie Griffen, Steve Abel and The Bads have just toured the North Island with the wildly successful Gunslinger’s Ball, and they’re each in peak performing voice. The Bads and Bernie Griffen have just stepped off the stage after supporting Emmylou Harris at Vector Arena, and Steve Abel has caused audiences around the world to swoon with his mournfully beautiful songs.
Catch these three acts at the top of their game supported by Auckland’s hottest band of string-sawing rascals at bar that keeps the scene alive: The Wine Cellar, St Kevin’s Arcade, 14th December, doors at 8:30.
The Wine Cellar Strings are:
Dave Khan, Sam Prebble, Emily Giles, Brendan Turner, Will Wood, and Louise Evans. Between them they’ve played in The Broadsides, The Grifters, Bond Street Bridge, Don McGlashan’s Band, An Emerald City, The Broken Heartbreakers, Forbidden Joe, Rodney Fisher’s Backyard Orchestra, The Bads, Reb Fountain’s Bandits, and altogether more bands than they can recall.