2010 Festival

Oparau Acoustic Festival 2010

Main concert featuring …
The main concert held Saturday evening 2010 included an exhibition of rag-time and honky-tonk piano by virtuoso Kevin Hanna, Raglan four-piece acoustic pop band the Hand Me Downs, banjo exponents BB & Alex, The Mingus Experience an eight-piece Jazz orchestra featuring the works of the great Charles Mingus. Followed by bonfire and random jamming.

Alex & BB

Alex & BBBanjo players BB Bowness & Alex Borwick, who combine five-strong banjo with Irish tenor banjo to create a sound that calls upon their backgrounds in bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz and even classical.

Alex is a multi-instrumentalist and has studied and performed Jazz with some of New Zealand foremost luminaries and is a past recipient of several national jazz awards for his work on the trombone. BB has played banjo for the past seven years studying at first with her local banjo tutor and later with well respected players in the US. In 2007 she toured in America with bluegrass band Long Road Home. More recently she has been accepted into the NZ School of Music as the first banjo player to study jazz at the school.

Hand Me Downs

RAGLAN-based five-piece band Hand Me Downs are billed to perform at the up-coming Oparau Acoustic Music Festival. Lucy Cioffi, Dougal Greer, Reg Valente, Simon Buxton and Dion Chappell.

Hand Me DownsThe core of the band is found in couple Lucy Cioffi, a singer and song writer originally from Devon in England and guitarist and banjo player Irishman Dougal Greer. Lucy arrived in Raglan in August last year and met Dougal during an open-mic evening held at the local Orca cafe in January. The duo expanded to take in Kiwi guitarist Dion Chappell, Double Bassist Reg Valente, drummer Simon Buxton with a revolving selection of other local artists including violinist Mary Axon.

The band performs a wide variety of work including bluegrass, rock and Irish and style-wise is best placed somewhere between folk and rock, Lucy said.



Oparau Acoustic Festival Memories 2010