The Dan Bolton quartet kicks things off. Dan is an Australian jazz singer/songwriter and will entertain with his quartet on Monday night, 6 Jan. The quartet is Dan on keyboard and vocals, Craig Walters on sax, Mark Lockett on drums and Seth Boy on bass. Dan’s songs incorporate elements of jazz, pop and Latin American styles. His music is reminiscent of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin but with a modern twist. Start time 7.30pm. Tickets $25.
This will be followed two nights later with Scott Cook. Scott Cook is from Alberta and for the last twelve years has been touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere. This is his first tour to New Zealand. He has worked his experiences into “straight-talking, keenly observant verse”. He brings humour, disarming honesty, and a deep love of humanity to his songcraft and storytelling, accompanying himself with fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo. Start time 7.30pm Tickets $20
Following these two entertainers Paul Ubana Jones will return for another night of fun and entertainment on January 12th. Paul has been here before and has a solid group of followers. He is a Swiss English musician, born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father who now lives in Nelson with his wife and children. He was playing guitar by the age of 11, beginning a four-decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording eight albums. Over the years, he has shared the stage with various artists, including Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Tuck and Patti, Crowded House and many others. Paul has won three New Zealand Music awards. Start time 6pm. Tickets $30.