Adam McGrath, guitar, harmonica & vocals – Jess Shanks, banjo & vocals – Jono Hopley, double bass – Flora Knight, fiddle – Reb Fountain, vocals – Brendan Gregg, mandolin.
It’s the final night of the Festival so come and join us for a real knees-up with much loved Christchurch band The Eastern!
The Eastern is a string band that roars like a punk band, swings like a gospel band, drinks like a country band, works like a bar band, hopes like folk singers, sings love songs like union songs and writes union songs like love songs, and wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time. Whether roaring as their big six-piece string band or swinging the loud lonesome sound as a three piece, and averaging over 200 shows a year, The Eastern can hold it down in all settings for all comers. They gather converts and friends wherever they or their records land.
Constantly on tour, The Eastern has played in every nook and corner of the good isles of New Zealand, and has broken strings and dented floors in parts beyond. From Papanui to Portland, Shirley to Switzerland, they’ve seen more than their share of stages, street corners and bars but treat any opportunity to hold it down and play as a gift and one they’d be fools to waste. They play like they mean it, like it’s all they know how to do… because they do and it is.
The Eastern are possessed of a sound which is heartfelt, authentic and infinitely listenable… NZ MUSICIAN MAGAZINE
…you can smell the whiskey and dust on every song…true to the spirits of Bob Dylan, Springsteen, Patti Smith and Townes van Zandt. SUNDAY STAR TIMES