So excited to announce Bob Cooper Grundy and Kate Marshall as our guests for The Stationhouse Social Club on Thursday 6th May held at The Otaki Golf Club.
It will be a rare treat to hear Bob Cooper-Grundy partner with Kate Marshall as they bring their Americana mix for us to enjoy here in Otaki. Bob Cooper-Grundy is one of those guys who, over the past 40 years, has begun to look more and more like the songs he sings. He seems to accumulate authenticity in the same way that wear and tear somehow makes old guitars sound better. Kate Marshall is the perfect foil for Bob’s musical persona, bringing fiddle, accordion, flute, and a certain tenderness to the partnership. The Salty Hearts (Greg, Richard, Dave and I) think you will be thoroughly entertained by them, and are excited to host these two genius musicians at The Stationhouse Social Club.
As usual, things kick off at 6:30 sharp, our guests will open with a set, then The Salty Hearts will play a short set during dinner followed by a second set by our guests. Then… If there is time, a ‘Big Ugly’ at the end, where we all play a few well known of songs together to send you home happy around 9 pm.
Payment for tickets can be made though me, just email how many tickets you would like and I’ll send you bank details. Tickets include a delicious two-course meal by Paula Peters from Kiwi Kai and the live music show starting at 6:30 pm to 9 pm.
Here’s some information about these two very talented musicians from the Wairarapa.
Bob and Kate are based in the Wairarapa but play gigs regularly around the southern half of the North Island. The song list veers between swing sounds of Texas, mixed with the blues and jazz served up in the Bob and Kate way.
Bob Cooper-Grundy has pursued obscurity now for some 40 odd years playing blues guitar and singing country songs. He has opened for Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt, Tom Russell and Jimmy Lafave. He plays both fingerpicking and slide guitar with some virtuoso flourishes.
Kate Marshall plays violin, accordion and flute and sings quite beautifully. She started with classical piano and singing in choirs and you don't have to listen that carefully to hear Bach and Mozart lurking behind Bob Wills and Memphis Minnie.
Bob and Kate have played at most of the folk clubs in the Wellington area, at the Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin Folk Festivals as well as at Jazz in Martinborough. They were part of the popular band - Hard Candy for many years, and Kate is now part of the entertaining all-women group The Raven Mavens.
Check out their Bob and Kate Facebook page for details.