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04/02 Barrel Room, Tauranga
05/02 Nikau Cave, Nikau

07/02 Sound Lounge, Te Pahu

08/02 4th Wall, New Plymouth

09/02 Community Hall, Himatangi Beach

10/02 Bluegrass Society, Wellington

12/02 Mussel Inn, Onekaka

15/02 Le Cafe, Picton

17/02 Barrytown Hall, Barrytown

18/02 Christchurch Folk Club, Christchurch

19/02 Highfield Winery, Blenheim

20/02 Punga Cove, Marlborough Sounds - CANCELLED OWING TO IMMINENT CYCLONE

21/02 Captain's Daughter, Havelock
22/02 Fairfield House, Nelson

23/02 Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

24/02 New Edinburgh Folk Club, Dunedin

25/02 Fork And Tap, Queenstown (4pm)
01/03 Little Theatre, Matamata
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02/03 Katikati Folk Club, Katikati

04/03 House Concert, Hamilton (2pm)
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05/03 The Bunker, Devonport

Nominated for best musician at last year's BBC Folk Awards, Dan Walsh combines 'virtuoso playing and winning songwriting' (MORNING STAR). 
Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves - all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.

New album 'Verging on the Perpendicular' is Walsh's fourth solo album and again has received much critical acclaim and is accompanied by a hectic touring schedule taking in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Both solo and as a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage with Imelda May, Joss Stone and the Levellers, this unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences across the world.

Dan Walsh is a Deering Banjos artist and also uses the Banjolit Dr Arm

11 Jan   Writers Block, Fremantle, Australia
12 Jan   Wanneroo Folk Club, Perth, Australia
13 Jan   Bindoon Hall, Bindoon, Australia
14 Jan   Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, Australia
17 Jan   Gaslight Club, Fremantle, Australia
19 Jan - 21 Jan   Illawarra Folk Festival, Jamberoo, Australia
21 Jan (1pm)   Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, Australia
25 Jan   Smiths Alternative, Canberra, Australia
26 Jan   Braidwood Folk Club, Braidwood, Australia
27 Jan   Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, Australia
28 Jan   Live n Lounging, Campbelltown, Australia
29 Jan   Summer Supper Club, Maylands, Australia
01 Feb   Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, Australia
02 Feb   Hills Folk Club, Perth, Australia
04 Feb   Hop House, Tauranga, New Zealand
05 Feb   Nikau Cave, Nikau, New Zealand
07 Feb   Sound Lounge, Te Pahu, New Zealand
08 Feb   4th Wall, New Plymouth, New Zealand
09 Feb   Bowling Club, Himatangi Beach, New Zealand
10 Feb   Bluegrass Society, Wellington, New Zealand
12 Feb   Mussel Inn, Onekaka, New Zealand
15 Feb   Le Cafe, Picton, New Zealand
16 Feb   The Boathouse, Nelson, New Zealand
17 Feb   Barrytown Hall, Barrytown, New Zealand
18 Feb   Christchurch Folk Club, New Zealand
19 Feb   Highfield Winery, Blenheim, New Zealand
20 Feb   Punga Cove, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
21 Feb   Captain's Daughter, Havelock, New Zealand
23 Feb   Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru, New Zealand
24 Feb   New Edinburgh Folk Club, Dunedin, New Zealand
25 Feb   Fork And Tap, Queenstown, New Zealand
01 Mar   Little Theatre, Matamata, New Zealand
02 Mar   Katikati Folk Club, Katikati, New Zealand
04 Mar   Nirvara Lounge, Hamilton, New Zealand
05 Mar   The Bunker, Devonport, New Zealand

Latest Blog

  • Long live Barrytown Hall!

    Dear all,

    Greetings from a thoroughly rainy and cyclone threatened south island of New Zealand where I've had a great tour although a slightly not in a good way eventful day yesterday...More on that in a minute but first up let me bring you up to speed. After arriving on the south island it was the beautiful (if slightly treacherous) drive over to the legendary Mussel Inn in Golden Bay which lived up to all expectations. Unlike four years ago there was no dancing on the tables, crowd surfing or chanting of Danjo but apparently that was one hell of a one off! This was I guess more usual gig territory of devoted listeners but with a brilliant bit of patter in a fantastic setting. Amazing place this, a gig like no other. Thanks everyone for coming especially the couple who chose to spend their honeymoon there!

    Next came up a couple of days off before heading to Picton for a double bill at Le Cafe with the Young Folk from Ireland. It was much enjoyed and a brilliant bonus was jamming with members of the group My Baby and their family after the gig. The three sisters singing I'll Fly Away in beautiful three part harmony was a privilege and no less. A great night was had!

    Then came a trip west to Barrytown Hall, another venue with legendary status but one I hadn't yet experienced. Well I have now!!!!!! What a place and what a crowd - I'm pretty sure that's the first time I've had half the audience doing the conga round the hall to Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms....quite an atmosphere and a place thoroughly deserving of its 
    status. I dearly hope the gigs keep happening...more below. Anyway from there it was off to Christchurch for a welcome return to the folk club which is always a lovely night. Then came the journey back north...

    Twenty minutes into the journey came the apparently obligatory New Zealand car incident. The first time I was here in 2014, I reversed my friend's car into a post. Definitely my fault. The second time whilst driving the aforementioned treacherous road to the Mussel Inn, my tyre gave way on a bend thus rendering the car unsteerable and heading into a barrier thankfully at a slow speed. Not my fault. This incident - I was hit in the back at a give way point. Most definitely not my fault. But a pain in the bloody buttocks nonetheless. Thankfully I sustained no pain in the buttocks or otherwise and mercifully the car is perfectly driveable if just a bit disfigured around the bumper. A shout out to Jean at Mitre 10 in Rangiora who spent time helping me duct tape the bumper and brake light shield to the car to ensure no debris on the road...thanks Jean!

    Anyway after all that there was the little matter of another gig - the Highfield Winery in Blenheim was the venue and a jolly nice one it was too with a delightful audience and a beautiful setting. Regrettably, today's gig at Punga Cove was cancelled owing to the imminent cyclone in the area so it was deemed unsafe. Such a shame, I was so looking forward to it but needs must and it has been quite nice to have a lazy day today I must admit. Still all should be fine for tomorrow's gig in Havelock.

    So then touching on this Barrytown business. Barrytown is a very remote place (even for New Zealand) and largely consists of the hall, four or five houses and a hotel. The hall happens to be on the same road as the houses and a complaint some time ago about the noise from the gigs threatened the gigs with closure and the threat has still not been completely warded off and all kinds of measures are being taken. It brought back to my mind my time in Newcastle when the legendary Cooperage pub which had been there hundreds of years and hosted many live music evenings was suddenly served notice to close because of some loathsome yuppy who moved in to a property on Newcastle's quayside, a legendary noisy and party-orientated area, and complained about the noise...Now admittedly if you live somewhere like Barrytown you expect peace I get that. But I ask, would it really hurt you to once or twice a month put up with (or better still join) a gig that emits a bit of noise but makes hundreds of people extremely happy and brings out people of all ages into a glorious community event and experience quality live music. So something changes in your life and routine once or twice a month...big deal. Get over it.