Grumblewood is a quartet that hail from in and around Wellington. Inspired by the electric folk and progressive rock movements of the early 70s, their music draws from European folk tradition and blends it with a bit of baroque, a bit of jazz, and a lot of rock.
Frontman Gav Bromfield brings both song and stage to life with his rich tenor and flamboyant flute playing. Classically-trained and classic rock-inspired, he’s also a deft hand at guitar and piano.
Salvatore Richichi plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and pretty much anything else with strings. Well-steeped in British and American folk tradition and revival, he’s also a producer and analogue recording engineer.
Bassist Morgan Jones is the band’s primary composer and lyricist. Their songs are crafted around his melodic grooves and his love of odd meters, counterpoint, and storytelling.
Drummer Phil Aldridge is a veteran of numerous jazz, blues, rock, and reggae ensembles. His agile blend of swing and precision holds the music together no matter how adventurous it may get.
The band formed in late 2016 and have been quietly building a repertoire of inventive songs and a reputation for impressive performances ever since, including a well-received appearance at the 2019 Wellington Folk Festival. Much of the past two years were spent in the studio and the resulting recordings led to the band being signed by UK progressive rock label Gravity Dream.
Their debut album ’Stories of Strangers’ tells eight evocative tales of fortune and fable, daring and demise. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered using only vintage analogue equipment and production techniques for that authentic early 70s sound. Grumblewood is excited to be celebrating its release with the Wellington Bluegrass Society.
“The album sounds like it was made in the early 1970s. The songwriting and musicianship is fantastically engaging.” - Robin Armstrong, Gravity Dream
“A warm and charming album that appears born of the golden era of progressive music.” - Jerry Ewing, PROG magazine
- accepted before the day of the show
- email bluegrass at xtra.co.nz, replacing "at" with @
- include your name, phone contact and the number of tickets required
- you will receive a reply by email to confirm your booking
- there are no booking fees nor any additional fees for this event
- door sales on the day, at the venue, from 7:50pm
- seating is general admission
- ticket includes complimentary tea and coffee
- free parking available by or near the venue
- licensed bar at venue (no BYO allowed)
Doors open at 7:20pm for those who have booked.