Energising acoustic world music duo Alpaca Social Club comprises longtime full time musicians: Craig Denham (Beyondsemble/Mamaku Project) on piano accordion, low whistle, piano, percussion and vocals; and Jon Sanders (Sanders Alley Khan/ Beyondsemble/ solo) on guizouki bass, ukes, stomp and vocals. They create world music soundscapes which are sometimes anthemic, sometimes intimate, but always compelling in their delivery.

Alpaca Social Club will be launching their album over New Year in NZ. It features original compositions in Celtic, Middle Eastern, gypsy swing and african styles and is great for getting the party started! Jon is based between NZ and Ireland while Craig travels between Czech and NZ. Back in 2012, they decided to create a sound that fuses 120 bass piano accordion with double stringed bass bouzouki, underpinned by infectious percussion and harmonious vocals. Five years later, tried and tested around the world at festivals like WOMAD, the duo believe they have achieved that goal with a live act and live sounding album that has been called a “quantum leaping musical curiosity that refuses to be boxed in” (Irish Times).

Workshop

Pimp your Bouzouki

Find out why Jon Sanders has pimped his instrument with 2nd pick-ups. Also how to use effects and chord structures in Celtic, African, eastern, bluegrass and funky styles.

The Piano-accordian

The piano-accordion in various styles of music played by Alpaca Social Club including Celtic, Arabic, Gypsy and Funk. Learn about technique, melody and chords!

Building Tracks, Band Workshop

Band workshop on arrangement, taking parts and building trax. This is a culmination of the other two workshops.

 

Appearances

Concert
4:30pm, Wednesday 2nd

Workshop
Bouzouki: 10:30 Monday 31st
Piano Accordian: 11:30 Monday 31st
Band: 10:30 Tuesday 1st