From baa’s to blues at the Lindale Barn
By Andrew London
It’s a few years since tourists were regularly bussed up to Lindale to watch sheep being shorn in the Lindale Barn’s tiny 50-seat auditorium, but now local musicians ( including myself) are pressing it back into service.
Ross McDermott has operated his recording studio ‘Audiosuite’ within the Lindale complex for the last decade and was aware of the auditorium’s history.
He says:‘I sometimes find myself imagining what it must have been like full of tourists watching a shearing demonstration — the noise and smells and bustle, and think what a pity it was that it was languishing mostly unused.
“I thought it might make a terrific intimate live music venue – minus the smells of course. Our local caretaker has been storing his collection of antique farmimplements and memorabilia here, so it looks like a museum at the moment.
“We want to keep an element of that if we can, and have a country-blues themed musical event.”
The musicians McDermott asked to join him are a couple of locals — myself and drummer Brent McFarlane.
Ross puts it this way: “We’ve decided to call ourselves the Stable Geniuses – a phrase we pinched from Donald Trump. Andrew is well-known to Kapiti audiences for his satirical original songs, and I’ve done a few gigs with Brent. Oh and we’ve invited a couple of special guests to join the core trio.”
Wayne Mason will be there too
The guests are well-known to Kapiti audiences; especially Paekakariki-based pianist Wayne Mason who founded several iconic Kiwi bands including the Fourmyula, Rocking Horse and The Warratahs, and penned the hit song Nature, which was named APRA’s ‘Kiwi Song off the Century’ in 2004.
Also guesting will be fiery harmonica player Neil Billington, who played for many years with London’s Hot Club Sandwich Trio, appearing at arts and jazz festivals all over NZ and Australia – even travelling as far as Saudi Arabia to appear at the NZ High Commission in Riyadh. Billington now tours under his own name and plays regular engagements at blues clubs and festivals in Japan.
Paula Gizzi, owner of the Te Nikau Lounge cafe, has also been an instigator of the project.
Paul says: “We’ve been here a couple of years now managing the cafe and looking after the farm, and I’ve always been intrigued by the little auditorium in the barn.
“Ross and I have been talking about it for ages and I’m really delighted to see it getting a makeover as a live music venue. I think it’s an exciting project and it’ll be a huge boost for the complex, and maybe even the whole Kapiti region. We’ll be putting on a country-themed meal before the show, and there’ll be bar service as well.”
The ‘Barnyard Session’ happens on Thursday 8th March, with dinner at Te Nikau Lounge from 6.30 and then the show starts at 7.30.
$40.00 gets you Dinner and the Show. Tickets can be purchased on Eventfinder.
“Oh – and it’s wooden tiered seating, so maybe bring a cushion to sit on,” says Ross.