Band Rotunda stage programme

Sunday 9 February, 10am - 5pm
10am - 11am: Sans Souci

Locals Rachel France and Tom Callwood are delighted to perform their repertoire of French Chanson at the Island Bay Festival this year.

Featuring an intricate set of songs with playful arrangements and repartee, drawing on the repertoire of French Chanteuse Edith Piaf.

Come along and be transported to the streets of Paris

11am - 12 noon: The Cosmonauts

From Wellington, via the wind-blown steppes of Eastern Europe, The Cosmonauts’ blend of Soviet Folk music fused with Italian Chanson and 19th Century Balkan Pop will stir your gypsy senses. Transport yourself to another time and space with Frankie Curac (accordion), AJ Jensen (guitar), Andrew Laking (double bass)

12 noon - 1pm: Wellington Sea Shanty Society

New Zealand's Most 'Sea Worthy' Shanty Group™, have been belting out traditional and original sea songs from Aotearoa, France, Spain, the UK and more, since time immemorial (2012). Sailors and landlubbers from across the country have been battered by the rousing chorus of this two-man tempest of pure shanty.The W.S.S.S have toured New Zealand and France multiple times and are known for their raucous and participatory live shows. They have performed at Paimpol (one of the world's largest shanty festivals), Splore, and a number of other festivals in NZ and France. They have released 3 albums: Now That's What I Call Sea Shanties Vol I, Now That's What I Call Sea Shanties Vol II and, Ahoy! (an English/Frencf collab with friends Croche Dedans). 

1pm - 2pm: Niko Ne Zna

Niko Ne Zna is a world class world music extravaganza. A staple of the New Zealand festival circuit and frequently selling out shows at home and more recently in Australia. A hot and spicy taste of the old countries right here in the capital of New Zealand. Playing captivating original music as well as classic songs from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States, Niko Ne Zna’s hypnotic melodies and wild infectious rhythms will set even the most rhythmically challenged moving and grooving!

2pm - 2.45pm:  Sans Souci

Sans Souci will play on the Band Rotunda during the Blessing of the Boats ceremony.

2.45pm:  ' Anwyn'

Local Celtic Irish Dance performer will wow us with their fast footwork!

3pm - 4pm: The Brass Razoo Solidarity Band

Now into its 20th year and is New Zealand's only trade union brass band. Brass Razoo plays to support those at the bottom end struggling for a better deal. Our kaupapa is to entertain and encourage unionists and other activists in street demonstrations, rallies and marches. Brass Razoo is an inclusive left band and is independent of any political party.

4pm - 5pm:  Kubatana and the Moringa Dancers 

Kubatana & the Moringa Dancers are a high energy Wellington based drum and dance ensemble, influenced by West African music and culture.  We are people who love and enjoy percussive rhythms, sound and the dances of Africa. We come from across the globe, with members from the UK, Brazil, US, Madagascar, India, Mexico, France, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and New Zealand. We have come together here in NZ through a shared passion for musicality and expressive movement. Kubatana means UNITY. Why Unity? Our group comes from all walks of life, but when we play together as a group, we become one, and unity, for us, is what drumming & dance are all about.

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