THE LEIGH SAWMILL GIG GUIDE

ALL TICKET & DOOR SALES ARE CASH ONLY

We Do Not Have EFTPOS on the Door.
Limited cash out is available at the bar, so please come prepared. Cheers!

Open mic/jam or something at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 20 September | 8:00pm | $5

OPEN MIC/JAM or something!

Hosted by the bearded wonder Lind’s – such a good night!
Join us and some local muso’s and maybe other performers too?
Get in touch if you want to be involved in the next one!

$5 on the door

Private Function at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 21 September | 9:00pm

CLOSED
PRIVATE FUNCTION

Might sound like a gig – its not! come tomorrow for the DeSotos :)

The DeSotos at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 22 September | 5:30pm | $15*

THE DESOTO’S LIVE

The DeSotos are thrilled to announce they will be bringing their roots-based Americana & country blues to a long overdue show at the mighty mill in September.

This will be their first Sawmill show since an appearance a decade ago following the release of their debut album ‘Cross your Heart’.
In the intervening years vocalist and guitarist Paul Gurney has performed a number of times at the Cafe with the much-loved Jubilation Gospel Choir, for whom Paul is as a soloist and tenor.

As an added bonus all ticket purchasers will receive a copy of The DeSotos’ critically-acclaimed album ‘Your Highway For Tonight’ when arriving for the show.

With a setlist that spans gin-soaked ballads through to southern country rockers, and the odd Tom Petty or Neil Young cover in between, this will be a great evening of music!

The DeSotos are;
Paul Gurney – lead vocals, guitars, blues harp
Stuart McIntyre – bass, vocals
Ron Stevens – Hammond & keyboards, vocals
Michael Burrows – drums & pecussion, vocals

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 4:30pm ONSTAGE 5:30pm
PRE-SALES: $15.00 + b.f at eventfinda
DOOR SALES $20
if not sold out prior

Mako Road at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 28 September | 9:30pm | SOLD OUT

MAKO ROAD

TEST FLIGHT TOUR

Oi oi its been a while! Following a six month hangover-recovery period after the summer tour we’ve shaped up some new tunes that we are dying to share with yas. Or maybe its cause we’re broke, or maybe because we will use any excuse to tour… This is the Test Flight Tour and you are gonna be our subjects – looking forward to your consented participation in our experimental festivities X

WE LOVE MAKO ROAD!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 7pm
NO DOOR SALES

Trone Jurnacist at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 29 September | 3:30pm | $koha

TRONE JURNACIST
a.k.a THOMAS McLAREN

One Helluva talented young local pianist – playing a very varied program…
Morning by LilyPichu
Megalo Strike Back by Toby Fox
For River by Kan Gao (Short version)
And maybe Disbelief by Flame At Games or Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven.
Some of his own improvisations and no doubt some additions too

A very nice way to spend an hour or so on a Sunday arvo!

Greg Copeland at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 4 October | 9:00pm | $20*

GREG COPELAND
& STEVE “GUITAR” GILLES

Greg Copeland is back in NZ, taking it to the roots with an up close and personal acoustic journey.

Paying his dues to the originals and forefathers of the Blues from deep down South, channelling the spirit into his own material and style.
You’ll hear warm embraces with Sister Soul and a tip of the hat to Brother Funk.
“When I sing I want you to feel my hurt, my pain, my happiness and my sadness. I want to ask for forgiveness if I did something wrong and forgive people if they have done me wrong. All these things I try to do with my music.“

While growing up in Portsmouth, Virginia, Greg was and still is heavily influenced by artists such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Robert Johnson, Howlin´Wolf and many others. These influences have helped Greg to develop his own unique style, based on Blues taking in Soul and Funk elements.

On his side is good friend Steve ‘Guitar’ Gilles, playing the acoustic guitar and resonator slide as well as blues harp.
Steve has already been along on three other ‘Blues all over NZ tours’: in 2012 with Big Daddy Wilson, then a year later seasoning his chops with US Bluesman “Watermelon Slim” followed by a second NZ tour with Big Daddy Wilson in 2015.

**Please ring the cafe to book a table after ticket purchase

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8pm
PRE-SALES: from $19.00 + b.f at eventfinda
DOOR SALES
$25 if not sold out prior

Trouble At Mill at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 5 October | 9:30pm | $10*

TROUBLE @ MILL #7

Brace yourselves – its Rocktober and the 7th! of the grungiest covers night of them all
This year joining the Butcha’s and Bad Neighbours are Top Ace Nut Gun

A cheeky $10 on the door from 8pm onstage from 930pm

 

Base Fm Sunday Session at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 6 October | 3-6pm | free

BASE FM SUNDAY SESSIONS

This months guest selectas –  Jafa Mafiapioneers of the Aotearoa reggae sound system scene and major forces in its development and progression.
Based out of Auckland, loaded with dubs, with an unrelenting commitment to bringing music to the people!

Selectors Tobi and Merriman roll out a vinyl mix of recent conscious reggae, roots and beyond.

Playing in the courtyard for a lovely lazy arvo – pizza and bev specials and FAMILY FRIENDLY

 

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 11 October | 8:00pm | $30*
Saturday 12 October | 7:00pm | $30*

WHITE CHAPEL JAK

You haven’t seen anything quite like this four piece acoustic Kiwiana original covers band. They bring a fresh and funky approach to songs everybody knows and loves. Their genuine love of performing mean that you’re in for an energetic night of fun, singing and dancing. With a stage that lights up with musical wizardry is easy to see why audiences of every age fall for them wholeheartedly.

This show comes hot off the back of White Chapel Jak’s epic performance with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, to a crowd of 15,000 at the SeePort Festival earlier this year. It put another national spotlight on the band, who were already humbled to win the Radio New Zealand’s Battle of the Covers Band 2018 and most recently were announced as winners of the “Outstanding Entertainment (Band)” at the NZ Wedding Industry Awards.

Both achievements demonstrate that White Chapel Jak are not your average covers band. With suitcase kick drum stomping from Dean Tinning, stand on the double bass dancing from Michael White, classical acoustic guitar through a whammy pedal with Nathan Boston and hilarious ‘Holly High Hair’ styled Maori front lady Bonnie Hurunui, you can’t miss them and you won’t forget them!

FRIDAY
DOORS OPEN 6.00pm ON STAGE 8-11.00pm
V.I.P Meet at venue entrance 5.45pm

SATURDAY
DOORS OPEN 6.00pm ON STAGE 7-10.00pm
V.I.P Meet at venue entrance 5.15pm

BOTH NIGHTS
Venue closed at 5pm + ticket holders only from 6pm
PRE-SALES: from $30.00 + b.f at eventbrite
DOOR SALES tbc

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 19 October | 9:30pm | $15*

HANS PUCKET

To celebrate the first flowers of Spring, Hans Pucket have decided to get out of the house and go on their most extensive tour of New Zealand to date.

It’s a welcome return for longtime fans of the band, or just those wondering what all the fuss is about. Hans Pucket’s live show argues their case with famous spectacularity and a symmetrical stage picture of identical twins with a handsome drummer in the middle.

Blending eclectic musical tastes of 70s disco, early 2000s indie rock, and mid-century musical theatre, Hans Pucket makes songs that are both personal and communal. Headphone music you can party to.

Halfway to finishing the followup to their brilliant 2018 debut album Eczema, they’ll bring new songs with new pop twists on heartbreak, anxiety and the stresses of modern life. Earlier this year the band proved their chops on the international stage for the first time, playing both solo shows and supporting The Beths across UK and Europe. They’re eager to tour NZ, see their friends again, and have a Really Nice Time.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8pm
PRE-SALES: from $15.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES
$20 if not sold out prior

Jordy Maxwell at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 20 October | 5:00pm | $10

BALLADS to BELTERS

Super appropriate title for this show – Jane’s voice is magnificent!
And she is very ably accompanied by the lovely Gemma on the Bechstein.
We are definitely looking forward to their second show here.

Consummate singer Jane Horder enjoys a diverse career of performing and teaching. Jane has sung with Auckland swing band ‘Prima Swing Riot’ for many successful years and has performed in numerous musicals across Australasia, including Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Sweeney Todd.

Collaborative pianist Gemma Lee has performed internationally including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and the Goldener Saal of the Musikverein. Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, Gemma holds a Master of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland.

Please ring the cafe to book a table
Show starts at 5pm
$10 on the door

Jordy Maxwell at the Sawmill Cafe

Thursday 24 October | 8:00pm | $koha

JORDY MAXWELL

HELLO, GOODBYE TOUR

Jordy Maxwell is a talented photographer, and songwriter with honest lyrics and a soulful, raw voice.
Though mostly a sunny and lively personality, Jordy can hold an audience with his mix of raw emotion and light-hearted humour to accompany his endearing performances.

His debut single, ‘Blue Eyes’ released in October 2017 has since reached a large audience all around the world, including being a feature track for surf brand O’Neil and USA cinematographer, Connor Guest, where the song featured in a beautiful short film called “Never Coming Home”. His debut EP, “Honest” was released a few months later with the EP now reaching over 2 million streams on Spotify. Jordy released his latest single, “Long Road Home” in June and is touring New Zealand for the first time in October and November, and we’re stoked to be a stop

ONSTAGE 8pm

Tami Neilson at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 26 October | 9:00pm | $55*

THIS IS TAMI NEILSON!

With VERY SPECIAL guest JAY NEILSON

Multi award-winning Canadian-born, New Zealand singer-songwriter Tami Neilson needs no introduction.
Having become one of NZ’s most beloved artists of the modern era, blending country, soul and rockabilly into her signature high-octane performances, Neilson’s songs have tugged at our heart-strings and soothed our souls.
Accompanied by Tami’s brother and longtime co-writer/collaborator Jay Neilson, the Big Boss Mama will bring her extensive songbook to the road this October.

As one of 7 dates across New Zealand in a rare, up-close and personal show, fans can experience the songs acoustically, as they were written.
And we are absolutely fizzy that that she’s coming to the mighty mill!

DOORS 8pm // ONSTAGE 9pm (No support act)

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 6:00pm
PRE-SALES: $55.00 + b.f at eventfinda
DOOR SALES
tbc

Reb Fountain at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 27 October | 8:00pm | $28*

REB FOUNTAIN & band

An award-winning singer-songwriter, Reb Fountain teamed up with Dave Khan (Marlon Williams) to produce a profoundly iconic record showcasing Fountain’s noir punk-folk songwriting style. In a prelude to what is to come, Reb offers us a chance to experience the new material full-spectrum with her stellar band featuring, Dave Khan, Earl Robertson and Karin Canzek this October.

Reb won the Tui for Best Country Album/Artist 2018 for her EP Hopeful & Hopeless, APRA Best Country Song 2018 for the title track ‘Hopeful & Hopeless’ and her album Little Arrows was nominated for Best Folk Album of 2018. A pre-eminent singer and performer, Reb has for years been the musicians’ secret. She’s performed and recorded with Neil Finn, Marlon Williams, Don McGlashan, The Eastern, The Warratahs, Finn Andrews, Tami Neilson and Julia Deans. If you were lucky enough to catch her at the recent Neil Young’s ‘Live Rust’ tribute concert series or 2019’s ‘The Others Way’ performance that commanded two standing ovations, you know Reb Fountain is a performer not to be missed.

Opening the night in style is Anthonie Tonnon

DOORS 7:30pm // ONSTAGE 8:30pm

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 7:00pm
PRE-SALES: $28.00 + b.f at Tickettailor
DOOR SALES
tbc

Junglefowl at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 9 November | 9:30pm | $15*

JUNGLEFOWL (the original chicken!)

A live 4-piece band hatched into the 1960’s New Orleans funk soul sound.

Each member of the Junglefowl brood is individually plucked from a greater flock of improvising musicians of the highest pecking order. Selling out all previous performances, book your tickets quick as Junglefowl is perched to be one of the clucking best live bands to crow at the mighty mill coop.

Mostyn ‘Scratch’ Cole: Bass
Alan ‘Bok Bok’ Brown: Organ
Dicks’ Son ‘Nay’ C: Guitar
Elijah ‘Drum Stick’ Whyte: Drums

Check them out on the youtube :)

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8pm
PRE-SALES: $15.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES
$20 if not sold out prior

Sneaky Bones at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 23 November | 9:00pm | $24*

CUTTIN’ LOOSE

Falcon Events presents – a night of electronic debauchery at the mill.

Ahh summer aye? Longer days, warmer weather, and bigger benders. Kiss winter goodbye and come celebrate the arrival of the silly season with some of the best Dj’s in our fine land, spinning a whole array of electronic music.

Featuring…
Bad Manners
Lew & Ro
Tom boo
Davey Jones
Digby & Dumbell

EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE WEDS 25/9 AT 6PM

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $24.00 + b.f at ticketfairy
NO DOOR SALES 

Sneaky Bones at the Sawmill Cafe

Thursday 28 November | 8:00pm | $10*

SNEAKY BONES

Acclaimed US multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and adored folk artist, Sneaky Bones returns to NZ for another epic nationwide tour.

Matthew Bean, who writes and performs under the pseudonym Sneaky Bones, sets out on his second tour across New Zealand to support his third full-length record – Strangers I’ve Already Met. After spending a month in New Zealand on tour in March 2018 as a solo act, he is finally returning for 14 nights, this time with the full outfit!
We are stoked to be part of his tour

DOORS 7:00pm // ONSTAGE 8:00pm

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 7:00pm
PRE-SALES: $10.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES
tbc

Ash Grunwald at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 1 December | 6:00pm | $39*

ASH GRUNWALD – MOJO ALBUM TOUR

With SWAMPTHING!

Blues maestro Ash Grunwald will play four headline shows across the North Island in support of his new album ‘Mojo’ – out on August 30 – and we’re thrilled to be one
With unique storytelling through song and unleashing an avalanche of rhythmic fury on guitar, Ash will bring his brand-new show to life for Kiwi’s this Summer.

Fans can expect to hear brand new tunes from the upcoming album Mojo, including the latest single ‘Whispering Voice’ (feat. Kasey Chambers) as well as old stomping Ash G favourites ‘Walking’ and ‘Money’.

Recorded in the US and Australia, Mojo is Ash’s first new studio album in four years and features guest appearances by The Teskey Brothers, Mahalia Barnes and Joe Bonamassa amongst others. Of the record, Ash says…

“At this point, Mojo represents a journey through my own valley of darkness, and out the other side into the fresh sunlit glory of optimism and positivity. This may sound like a cliché, but when you’ve lived it it feels very different.”

Joining Ash on all dates, will be kiwi blues and roots duo Swamp Thing. Made up of multi-instrumentalist Michael Barker and guitar virtuoso Brett Adams, Swamp Thing play every show as if it was their last. With a resume including stints with Split Enz, The Mockers, John Butler Trio and Tami Neilson between them, these guys certainly have a wealth of musical experience.

DOORS 5:30pm // ONSTAGE 6:30pm

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 5:30pm
PRE-SALES: $39.00 + b.f at Ticketmaster
DOOR SALES
tbc

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