Practice Space Needed

Puhoi’s premier Celtic Sessions band is in desperate need of a new place to practice. If anyone has a room/barn/shed/ballroom big enough for 30 compact musicians to swing a fretboard, can you get in touch with Alan Wagstaff ( Musos being creatures of habit, the preference is for a couple of hours on Thursday evenings, within stepdance distance of the village. A small stipend will be available to the owner…

New Celtic Sessions Time

Alan Wagstaff tells us that the burgeoning Celtic Sessions are now attracting 40-plus musicians in a prodigious and delightful harmonic cacophony.

They will be running every other week commencing this Thursday, at the Puhoi Hall, 7:15 to 9:46 (I’m not sure of the significance of the 46 but I suspect I’m about to be enlightened)

Puhoi Celtic Sessions

We now have over thirty musicians who meet every fortnight in the Village Hall for the pleasure of making folk music (mainly Celtic).

There are accordionists, fiddlers, guitarists, flautists, mandolin-players, singers, foot-tappers, dancers, bodhran bashers, and harpists. in fact it’s a folking orchestra!

We run a dropbox (an on-line repository) of sound files and scores so that anyone – music reader or not – can access our repertoire and practice at home.

I’ve spoken to a few locals who are musicians and am surprised at the number who don’t know of our existence. We welcome all comers – even if your thing is merely listening and humming along.

The next Session is on
MAY 26th (and fortnightly after that).
Village Hall – Puhoi
We tune up at 7.00 pm and start making music at 7.15 pm, winding up at 9.45pm.

If you would like access to the dropbox please send me an email. ( For those who’ve never used dropbox – it’s easy.

Looking forward to even more musicians coming out of the closet.


Alan Wagstaff

Puhoi Celtic Sessions


Thursday March 31st 
Puhoi Sports Club Rooms
7.00 pm – 10 pm

and afterwards – every fortnight.

Only two days to go till the first Puhoi Celtic Session.

[A word of explanation: a ‘session’ is a circle of players where everyone simply pitches in – it’s not a performance. We do it for the pleasure of making music.]

We have fiddlers, harpists, accordionists, guitarists, bassists, whistle players, singers, banjo players, bodhran players, and toe-tappers in the group; in all about 24 musicians. We also have a few people who simply like to listen.

To give the group a ‘common core’ of material I’ve created a dropbox that, currently, has 40, four-part arrangements in it of tunes (jigs, reels, waltzes) and songs from the Celtic repertoire. Each tune/song has a sound file and the sheet music – so you can ‘play by ear’ or read the tadpoles. You’ll need to print out this material and make a drop-in folder.

If you want to join us, as a musician,  send me an email address and I’ll give you access to the dropbox. The more the merrier. We could still use mandolins, more fiddles, and more banjoes. To all friends, please spread the word: copy and email this post if you like. It’s looking like we’ll have a folk orchestra!

We’re charging $2 per family to cover the hire of the rooms.


Alan Wagstaff