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March 21, 2020

Boxwood Concert

March 03, 2020

The Best of Boxwood returns to Auckland with a global collaboration of renowned performers; traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Maritime Canada. Join us for an early celebration of St. Patrick's Day with some fantastic dance tunes, airs and songs.

Chris Norman (CAN) - flutes, pipes, songs
Catherine McEvoy (IRE) - Irish flute & whistle
Rob Zielinski (AUS) - fiddle

Chris hails from Lunenburg County Nova Scotia and his influential work as performer, composer, recording artist, teacher and flute maker has earned him worldwide recognition. Winner of the TG 4 Musician of the Year 2019, Catherine stands out as one of the finest exponents of the North Connacht tradition of flute playing. Rob was a winner of Ireland’s prestigious Michael Coleman Traditional Fiddle Player of the Year Award, and he’s one of Australia’s leading players and makers of fine violins.

This concert is presented by Boxwood NZ with support from Culture Ireland.

Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy

February 22, 2020

Two of Scotland’s most lauded traditional musicians, Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy bring their passion for Scottish music to New Zealand for the first time!

Take the oldest Scottish instrument, the clarsach (harp), and the newest addition to the traditional music arsenal, the guitar, and throw them in the musical blender of Scotland’s biggest city Glasgow and out comes Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy!

Two superb instrumentalists with a shared passion for traditional tunes, Rachel and Ron perform as if sharing one mind… Combining the history of the harp and the culture of Scotland, the duo charms audiences wherever they go.

Concert from 4pm-6pm

Richie and Rosie

February 08, 2020

New York based banjo and fiddle Americana duo Richie and Rosie touring Aotearoa in summer 2020. With 8 New Zealand concerts, the duo will be performing as far north as Rawhiti and as far south as Wellington, bringing their genre-defying, high-energy Americana show to audiences across the North Island.

Richie Stearns (the Horse Flies) and Rosie Newton (the Duhks) are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. With their memorable original songs and entrancing, nostalgic harmonies, Stearns and Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of tradition. Richie and Rosie blend traditional and contemporary sounds, outrageous punk banjo, powerful evocative fiddle with beautiful vocal harmonies. Richie, is an innovator of 5-string banjo much loved for his “mantra-groove spooky-banjo style" Rosie is a ferocious fiddler who’s work spans many musical styles.

4pm start

Toby and the Rest

February 07, 2020

Toby and the Rest are a fabulous young jazz quartet hailing from Avondale College.

3-30pm to 4-45pm


Free entry, koha teapot for the musicians.

Caitlin Smith and Mark Laurent

January 31, 2020

7pm start

Koha teapot

Toby and the Rest

November 15, 2019

If you can't make the 5th October, don't worry, they'll be on again today!


Toby and the Rest are a fabulous young jazz quartet hailing from Avondale College.

3-30pm to 4-45pm


Free entry, koha teapot for the musicians.

Chris Priestley and the Unsung Heroes

October 15, 2019

Unsung Heroes is a concert of songs and poems, featuring colourful characters from New Zealand’s wild colonial past.
In the tradition of folk balladeers, and with a keen eye for a good story, Chris Priestley and his Unsung Heroes band, with the ebullient Peter Elliott, will perform songs that portray the heroes and heroines, villains and rogues, magicians, disasters and events that shaped our nation.

This concert is part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. 

Music starts at 7pm


October 12, 2019

Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Tim Chia, Caleb Chia, Adam Ogle and Emily Roughton, these musicians are well known in the New Zealand trad scene. They grew up playing music together socially and over the years have absorbed tutoring provided by international guests associated with the NZ Gaidhealtachd, Celticanz, the Auckland Folk Festival and Ceol Aneas. They are multi-award winning musicians (including the odd colouring in competition) and continue to perform in various bands around NZ.

Both fiddle players are previous winners of the Waipu Scottish Fiddle competition, Tim being the fiddle champion in 2016 and Emily in 2012 and 2013, and have performed with the Aotea Youth Symphony, Auckland and Districts Pipe Band and City of Auckland Pipe Band (Tim), Northland Sinfonia, Whangarei Theatre Company and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Fiddlelore (Emily). Tim has also competed in the Grade One International Piping Championships in Glasgow.

Adam has toured extensively with the Indian Ink Theatre Company throughout Australia, India and Canada and was the in-house musician for the Basement Theatre in Auckland City. He recently undertook the lead role in Peach Productions’ Auckland based performance of Once the musical. Caleb is an in-demand guitarist and has performed with (amongst others) the Chias, Shimna's List, Project Albatross, OrigiNZ and at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient. He also attended the South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Irish Music. All members of the band have performed in festivals such as Prana, Wellyfest, the Auckland Arts Festival and in various TV programmes and recordings.

They have now joined forces to explore a fresh and vibrant side of the music they have always loved. They love to get the party started!

Music starts 3pm

Toby and the Rest

October 04, 2019

They're coming back! Toby and the Rest are a fabulous young jazz quartet hailing from Avondale College.

3-30pm to 4-45pm


Free entry, koha teapot for the musicians.

East meets West

September 28, 2019

An extraordinary musician and heartfelt performer’ – Reb Fountain

Krissy lives, breathes and sings music.
She has been studying violin since the age of two and teaching since she was twelve, but her heart lies in performance and it’s on stage that we hear Krissy’s reverent commitment to music
come to life.

In Ponsonby, Krissy will be joined by Adam Ogle (folk multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter), Anna Percy (cellist extraordinaire) and husband Peter Jackson (wizard on the keys).
Immersed in New Zealand’s folk scene and coveted for her musical ear and dedication to her art, Krissy dances with melody and tone; always honouring the music, in all ways making it her own. Touring from Whangarei to Dunedin and everywhere in between, Krissy plays a wide range of music – from blue-grass to folk-punk, gypsy-rock to classical and Indian-folk.

She has performed with the likes of Reb Fountain, The Frank Burkitt Band, Sargum Fusion, Albi and the Wolves, Hot Diggity, WAI.TAI and most recently Aotearoa’s most hard working band, The Eastern.
A true troubadour and talent, Krissy Jackson’s music is not to be missed!

Music from 3pm

Neil Billington and the Boys

September 27, 2019

What a line up this Saturday! Neil Billington, Nigel Gavin, Mark Laurent and Neil Finlay.

There will be something for everyone tonight!

Music starts at 7pm

Ethno Sessions!

September 07, 2019

This is a concert that celebrates musical and cultural diversity. Come and listen to Auckland based musicians from all around the world and support Ethno NZ 2020. Ethno NZ is an organisation that bring musicians from around the world for camps that facilitate the peer-to-peer sharing of traditional music. Welcome to this concert to support world music and find out more about what we offer young musicians!

$10 on the door

Music starts at 3.30pm!

Toby and the Rest

September 06, 2019

They're coming back! Toby and the Rest will be playing at the cafe Saturday 7 September 

TOBY & the REST' four young pupils from Avondale College. The quartet consists of Max Barrett (Drums) Toby Barrett (Saxophone) Tyler Diprose (Bass) and Lucas Kewell (Piano) Playing a variety of jazz pieces ranging from Joseph Kosma and Burt Howard from the 1950's to Joshua Redman in the 90's. Lucas Kewell will also play some of his own impro-solo-piano with hints of Michel Legrand and Keith Jarrett. The quartet have only played two public performances before this and people left those gigs inspired at the skill and passion of these young lads.


Come along to experience some cool jazz on a Winters Afternoon. FREE ADMISSION with Koha collection for the musicians.

Music from 3.30-4.30pm

Young Musicians open mic

August 31, 2019

It's that time again! The young musicians open mic will be on this Saturday!


Any kids up to the age of 16 are welcome to come down and play some songs/tunes!


Starts at 3pm

Toby and the Rest

August 24, 2019

'Toby and the Rest' four young pupils from Avondale College who took part in the New Zealand Youth Jazz Competition in April, then the Aspire Music Competition in Australia in July and last weekend got Gold at the NZ Schools Jazz competition at the Point Chev RSA. This will be only the second time they have played in public, bringing you the coolest Jazz on a Winter's afternoon.

Music from 3pm

Mark Laurent and Caitlin Smith

August 23, 2019

These two will be playing again at the caf! 

Really something special, something not to miss!

Music from 7-9pm

Kim Halliday with Kita guitar trio

August 17, 2019

Kim Halliday is a a brilliant multi-instrumentalist, skilled educator and international recording and touring artist. She has been a part of multiple cross-cultural collaborations including five albums with the Maori/Pacific/Celtic fusions of Pacific Curls and with cellist Alexander Ivashkin for the album Pacific Voyage.

Having performed at festivals on nearly every continent including WOMAD, City of London Festival, Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival, Winnipeg Music Festival, and Ulsan World Music Festival (South Korea), Kim also travels regularly for musical projects on her native Rotuma (Fiji).

This will be a fabulous afternoon!

Music from 3-5pm

Mark Laurent with Aro

August 16, 2019

"Blending Emily's honey voiced jazz with Charles' full throated percussive sound with shades of haka, Aro's story telling performance adds up to a warmth of experience, wholly original, anchored in Aotearoa, that leave one with the feeling of having been let in on a secret. This year Aro released their debut album Manu, a bilingual – te reo Māori & English - album transcribed from the melodies and rhythms of Aotearoa's native birds, playing on their characteristics, and some of their significance for Māori to convey messages about life."

Mark Laurent will play the opening set. There's no door charge on Saturday nights, but we have a koha teapot on the counter & your contributions for the musicians will be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Music from 7-9pm

Inside.Out - Spoken word open mic

August 13, 2019

INSIDE.OUT TURNS SEVEN this month! More than eighty nights so far of compelling poetry & prose and the best local music, thanks to you our readers and audience,and to our supporters Cafe One2one and Auckland Authors. Kia ora koutou katoa.

BRING YOUR WRITING - poetry, flash fiction, short story & novel excerpts, performance poetry etc - to read or present at the open mic (up to 6 mins max) , or come as audience to hear what's brand new.To read, just sign up on the open mic page as you arrive.

Welcome to our musician guest GLORIA FLORENCE. Gloria is an Auckland based singer songwriter who performs regularly at Cafe 121 and other venues. She plays a blend of alternative country and folk music, drawing from her childhood growing up in the middle of nowhere and her teenage years playing punk rock. Her inspirations vary from Billie Holiday to Townes Van Zandt to The Stranglers. Playing an acoustic set she takes you to the heart of a young woman, knocked down but always getting right back up to write a song about it.

FIVE WORD CHALLENGE: Employ the five words - SEVEN - SHELTER - FACE - WAEWAE (feet) - BUSINESS in a short piece of writing < 50 words all up and place in the Red Box of Mystery for randomly-awarded book prizes & chocolate bars. Plus, scoop up fliers on lit events & competitions.

Inside.out thanks CHRIS PRIESTLEY and the team at Cafe One2One, and the fine people at the NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa Auckland Branch, for their support of this open mic writing event in Tamaki Makaurau .https://authors.org.nz/

Bring koha for our hard-working musician/s please! With your emcee Anita Arlov. ph 021 100 40 77. SEE YOU THERE!

Neil Billington and Mark Laurent

March 29, 2019

The most incredible harp player you will ever see! He will be joined by Mark Laurent on guitar and voice.

Music starts at 7pm! Call the cafe to save a seat!

Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan

March 22, 2019

Multi award winning Scottish singer Emily Smith and New Zealand born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan have been making music together for over fifteen years. Having spent much of 2016 off the road (with Emily on maternity leave) the couple took time to focus on writing new material. The fruits of their labour are two albums, the first of which ‘Unplugged’ was released on in April 2018. ‘Unplugged’ features ten tracks with seven previously unrecorded songs (including three preview tracks to their studio album coming out in 2019).

The duo’s new sound features originals by McClennan and reworked traditional material from Scotland and New Zealand drawing on influences from the folk tradition, Americana and beyond. With rich vocal harmonies, accordion, fiddle and sublime guitar backing they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK folk scene today.

These two are not to be missed! Doors will be open from 6.30pm, music starting at 7pm. Tickets $25

Call the cafe to book tickets on 09 378 1611

The Unsung Heroes with special guests

March 09, 2019

Join Chris Priestley and special guests for an afternoon of beautifully written songs for our Unsung Heroes of New Zealand.

Music starts at 4pm

Simon Kempston - SCOTLAND

February 23, 2019

Simon Kempston is ‘one of Scotland’s best songwriters’ (The Sunday Herald) and leading fingerstyle guitarists. Simon’s original, distinctive guitar playing is founded upon a complex, finger-picking style which technically reveals his classical training yet is steeped in the history of the folk, blues and celtic traditions and is complemented by Simon’s rich, powerful and compelling clipped vocal style.

Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.

Music starts at 4pm

C.Daniel Boling -US

February 16, 2019

 “Think of a subtle intertwining of Steve Goodman, John Prine and Tom Paxton.”

– Fred Schmale / Real Roots Café, Dutch music magazine 

2014 Winner of the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, Daniel shares experiences from a life well-lived in places as far-ranging as Japan, Okinawa, and Padre Island, Texas. With his well-crafted story songs and friendly tenor this balladeer /songwriter delights audiences coast-to-coast in over one hundred shows a year, from House Concerts and listening rooms to major festivals (Kerrville, Winfield, Woody Guthrie, and others).

Music will start from 4pm

Caitlin Smith with Mark Laurent

February 01, 2019

This is a night not to be missed! The fabulous Caitlin Smith will be joined by Mark Laurent for an evening of music you won't forget.

Music starts at 7pm

Call the cafe to book a seat!

The Frank Burkitt Band

January 29, 2019

Wellington-based Scottish singer-songwriter Frank Burkitt backed by a fantastic band of Kiwi musicians. American Roots inspired original music.

They'll be playing at the cafe from 7.30pm.

Call the cafe to reserve a seat!

The Jews Brothers Band

January 27, 2019

Catch the Jews Brothers Band playing at the cafe from 4pm!

Luke Hurely with Mark Laurent & Nigel Gavin

November 16, 2018

Where to start! These 3 multitalented musicians are some of the main guys to keep the music at Cafe one2one running!

They're each extremely talented in their own right, but hearing them altogether should not be missed!

Be sure to get in quick for this one, seats will fill up fast! 

Music starting from 7pm to 9pm 

Andrew White

November 10, 2018

 Andrew White is one of those rare guitarists who can skilfully combine brilliant finger style guitar work with a compelling story in lyric and deliver them both in an engaging live performance. Andrew started his musical career busking his way through Auckland, New Zealand and is now an incredible musician working alongside the likes of the Corrs, Tommy Emmanual and Jerry Harrison. 

Be sure to get down to the cafe at 3pm to see him live!

Call the cafe on 09 378 1611 to book tickets.

Jon Sanders & Craig Denham as Alpaca Social Club

November 04, 2018

These two 'musical adventurers and travellers' are something not to be missed! They've joined forces to create the Alpaca Social Club and are touring New Zealand to launch their new album!

Doors will be open from 7pm with music starting at 7.30pm

Call the cafe on 09 378 1611 to book tickets.

Marie Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

November 03, 2018

“So moving - technical brilliance and beauty that brings tears to the eyes"


The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to twenty-one countries on five continents.


These two are not to be missed! 

5.30pm start, Tickets $20 on the door or call the cafe to reserve seats! (09) 378 1611

Mark Laurent with Caitlin Smith

October 26, 2018

The amazing Mark Laurent with Caitlin Smith is a concert not to be missed! 

Music starts at 7pm, Koha teapot will be in the usual spot!

Mark Laurent with Paul Symons

October 19, 2018

The amazing singer/songwriter Mark Laurent will be joined by Paul Symons from Martha and the backseat drivers on guitar!

Music starts at 7pm, coffee machine will be on, craft beer on tap and snacks available! 

Koha teapot will be in its usual spot

The String Contingent

October 16, 2018

The String Contingent will be playing at Cafe one2one on Ponsonby Road! 

"The String Contingent has wasted no time ensconcing itself in the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance" - Tony Hillier from Rhythm Magazine

This group of new acoustic chamber folk music from Australia and Scotland are something not to be missed! 

Tickets $30, Students $25

For bookings, please call the cafe on (09) 378 1611

10 string symphony

February 27, 2018

“…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll spunk.”
American Songwriter Magazine

Nashville duo 10 String Symphony began as a partnership of mutual admiration­­ a much needed creative release valve for Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5­string fiddle players and veteran sidemen of Nashville’s music scene. Rachel, a former Illinois state fiddle champion in the old time tradition, needed an outlet for the new sort of songs she was writing, while Christian, originally a classically trained violinist, now a current touring member of the Jerry Douglas Band, was looking to get in touch the impetuous spirit of the rock bands he played in before his arrival in Nashville. With the love of the 5­string fiddle and its musical possibilities as its focal point, the band’s mission statement was as clear as it was expansive:
Two fiddles. Two Voices. Epic music.

To book tickets, please call the cafe on 09 378 1611

Tickets are $20

The young folk

February 20, 2018

Described as “One of the most promising young bands to come out of Ireland in several decades” (Maverick Magazine), The Young Folk are touring New Zealand in February 2018.

Hailing from Dublin, The Young Folk marry traditional acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with contemporary production techniques resulting in a sound which has been compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash.

The Young Folk consists of Anthony Furey (vocals/guitar), Paul Butler (vocals/piano/synth) and Tony McLoughlin (vocals/mandolin/bass), all singer/songwriters of exceptional talent. The trio are joined by New Zealander Alex Borwick (trombone/synth/percussion/banjo/vocals) for their live shows, enabling The Young Folk to fully flex their musical muscle.

"This is an accomplished musical aggregate that join the microdots between Noah & The Whale and old Greenwich Village Kweskin Jug Band. This is folk in Cuban heels.” - The Evening Herald.

For tickets, please call the cafe on 09 378 1611

Young musician's open mic

February 03, 2018

This takes place on the first Sunday of every month! A great opportunity for young musicians to come and play a song/tune or two! any age from 17 and under. Will kick off at 3pm! 

The Back of Beyond!

February 02, 2018

The Back of Beyond are:

Craig Denham (Praguematique and The Alpaca Social Club) with
with local lad Nathan Torvik & Siobhan Sweeney (Polly & the Ministrel ).
playing "A funky folky feel good fusion of whatever takes our fancy…"
A genre-fluid meeting of kindred musical spirits blending sensitive song-writing and folk sensibilities with wild and courageous improvisation, multi-instrumentalism and a diverse and eclectic mix of originals and remodelled works collected during our various travels. From singer-songwriter to bluegrass to balkan to bollywood to accordion rap and beyond....

Guaranteed to be high energy these three talented musicians will captivate and entertain :-)

$15 door charge

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