Sam Hunt and Riki Gooch are performing three shows in the lower North Island this week – two nights back to back at Wellington’s San Fran (Thurs, June 12 and Fri, June 13) and one night at Masterton’s King Street Live (Sat, June 14) – Sam will also be appearing on his own on Sunday, June 15 at Palmerston’s Globe Theatre (billed as An Afternoon with Sam Hunt, starting at 2pm).
For the True Troubadours performances Riki Gooch (Eru Dangerspiel, Trinity Roots) will be opening the shows with a solo performance featuring a brand new composition created specifically for these dates.
Sam Hunt will then regale with the stories and poems that have made him New Zealand’s great bard of the bar.
Hunt has recently recorded vocals with David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights for the follow-up album to Kilgour’s Falling Debris (2009). This time around for an album that’s scheduled later this year (it’s working title is The 9th) it’s not just Kilgour interpreting Hunt’s work, it’s a collaboration with Sam as lead vocalist.
There was also the collected poems, Knucklebones: 1962-2012 and a couple of recent volumes from Sam. He’s been busy and he hasn’t performed a show in Wellington in quite a few years; his last appearance here was as opening act for Leonard Cohen. So there’ll be plenty to see and hear for those new and old fans alike.
It’s an early show – doors at 5pm, Riki on stage at 5.30 with Sam starting at just after 6.00pm. After his set Hunt will meet and mingle, he’ll loiter and sign books, be reminded of the stories that so many Kiwis seem to know about him. He’ll likely have a new story or two for friends and fans to add to their files.
For all information about the shows, including ticketing, check out Sam Hunt’s website.
Thurs 12 and Fri 13 June, San Fran, Cuba St, Wellington
Sat 14 June, King Street Live, Masterton.
Doors at 5pm for all shows