Bond Street Bridge Tour

Bond Street Bridge Tour

They've torn up the bible and eaten the dogs - Auckland alt-folk outfit Bond Street Bridge present tales of courage, endurance and Edwardian pluck in their multimedia song cycle 'The Explorer's Club: Antarctica', touring throughout New Zealand in February.

Inspired by the incredible stories of Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, songwriter Sam Prebble has recruited a band of seasoned folk musicians from the Auckland underground and produced a series of stirring vignettes drawn from the diaries and letters of these stalwart adventurers. Tales of shipwreck, frostbite, and stiff-upper-lip survival in the snow are presented in a combination of spoken-word storytelling and original folk songs, along with projected illustrations by Auckland artist Emily Cater and heritage photographs from the expeditions themselves. Performances range from ethereal to foot-stomping; arrangements run the gamut from delicate vocal harmonies to dramatic percussive explosions.

At 20 shows across the country from the far North to the far South, Bond Street Bridge's The Explorers Club tour has grown to be almost as tremendous as those expeditions the songs tell tale of. Indie-rock act Luckless joins the monumental excursion, with songwriter Ivy Rossiter leaving her band behind to perform solitary and stripped back. Armed only with stomp boxes, loop pedals and a vintage guitar, Luckless swells with distortion and shimmers with light, aching and reveling all at once. Brendan Turner, bass player for Bond Street Bridge and blues-songwriter in his own right, will also join the line-up to support in several locations.

Bond Street Bridge presents a show that will take listeners on a journey - from heartbreak to ice-melt, from triumph to defeat. With the groundbreaking Explorer's Club cycle, audiences can expect to be transported back to a time when the ice was unforgiving, the pole was untouched, and if the worst came to the worst, one could always eat the dogs.


Saturday 2 February
St Peter's Hall, Paekakariki

Sunday 3 February
Playhouse, Nelson

Monday 4 February
Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
with Mount Eerie

Wednesday 6 February
Blue Ice Café, Franz Josef

Thursday 7 February
Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Friday 8 February
Waitati Hall, Waitati

Saturday 9 February
Chick's Hotel, Port Chalmers
with Matt Langley

Sunday 10 February
Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

Tuesday 12 February
Fiordland Cinema, Te Anau

Wednesday 13 February
Blue Duck Café, Milford

Thursday 14 February
Arrowtown, venue TBC

Friday 15 February
Wunderbar, Lyttelton

Saturday 16 February
Wellington Fringe Festival, The Moorings
with Rosy Tin Teacaddy

Saturday 22 February & Saturday 1 March
Auckland Fringe Festival, The Wine Cellar

Thursday 21 March
Dunedin Fringe Festival, Festival Club, Dunedin

Friday 22 March
Nor'Wester, Amberley

Saturday 23 March
Dharma Bums Club, Wairau Valley

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