Friday 5th October 2018 7:30pm

Hobnail are on the road again, featuring their new – seventh – album Blue Sky Songs, along with some of their past classic favourites.

Blue Sky Songs is a distillation of life’s lessons, well learned: mature, complex and occasionally fiery but with great depth and power.

Following the triumph of their most successful album so far, 2015’s String Things, Blue Sky Songs is a more acoustic offering. Featuring violins, acoustic guitars and mandolas alongside electric instruments and three different lead singers, the result is a beautiful album rich in variety. Hobnail’s musical craft is clearly on display with thoughtful lyrics and soaring melodies, and a feel-good vibe coming from their unique blend of folk and Celtic, country and rock.

Hobnail are not to be missed, and have visited Katikati Folk Club several times. For the uninitiated, it will be a rare treat as one of the country’s best live acts tours the finest album of its career.

Hobnail has won considerable acclaim over their 23 year career, having headlined everywhere from Canada to Norfolk Island, from Oamaru to Auckland, and racked up multiple New Zealand Music Awards nominations: Hobnail are three-time finalists, for Best Folk Album and twice for Best Country Song.

Hobnail was formed by Rob Joass in 1994 – an ex-Sydneysider who came to New Zealand more than 25 years ago with a guitar over his shoulder and a bag full of original tunes – and Jo Moir, a violinist whose voice proved a perfect counterpoint to Joass’s.

Rob (vocals, guitar, mandola) writes compulsively, tours incessantly, teaches guitar, produces albums and can be found behind a mixing desk or playing live and in the studio when time allows. His songs have been covered by artists both in New Zealand and abroad and he is often spoken of as one of the hardest-working musicians in the country.

Jo (vocals, violin) incorporates Celtic, country and classical influences into a violin playing style which can range from the breathtakingly beautiful to barnstorming. As a vocalist, Jo can melt the coldest of hearts.

Caroline Easther (drums, vocals) is a New Zealand music legend, having spent time drumming for iconic Dunedin bands The Chills and The Verlaines. In 1997 she teamed up with The Warratahs main man Barry Saunders, with whom she continues to record and tour, most notably with Bob Dylan and Joe Cocker.


When Hobnail take the stage, they tear into their set
with mucho gusto, injecting volume and energy into the evening with their illustrious blend of bluegrass, Celtic folk, pop and rock’n’roll. Highly spirited and entertaining.

Nelson Mail

Refreshingly down-to-earth and lovely
with vocals so tightly knit they could be family.

NZ Herald

Jo Moir has one of those rare voices…
a breath of fresh air.

Radio CKUA, Canada


Come along for a great time…  and our highly-regarded tea, coffee and biscuits at half time!

Read more

VIsit Hobnail’s website here.



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$20 non-members
Children: free


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