Sönke's Fundraiser and Sunday Blues Afternoon
At Raglan, not so long ago, our good friend Sönke Dwenger sadly lost his pride and joy to the Whaingaroa Tide when he dropped his high quality camera into the harbour depths. Sönke, a long time honorary HBS member, with his wife Wiebke, has provided many fabulous photos and videos of us and our events over many years, always voluntarily. See their work on our Facebook page and website. Watch A Blues Night Out here. Well the Auckland Blues Music Club and Hamilon Blues Society NZ are also saddened by Sönke's loss and plan to help him by holding fundraising events to offset the cost of a replacement camera.
Auckland Blues Music Club will hold an event on Sunday 28 February, 3pm till late, at the Longroom in Ponsonby. Hamilton event is on Sunday 28 March (coinciding with our Sunday afternoon Blues) at Biddy's. Dean has already received offers from HBS members and associates for raffles.
If you would like to assist, email: email@example.com with 'Fundraiser' in the subject line.
Sönke Dwenger hails from a village in rural northern Germany, around 100 km northwest of the city of Hamburg and around 20 min drive to the North Sea. He and his wife, Wiebke, have visited family in New Zealand for many years, indulging in travel and music as they practise their crafts as photographers, videographers and story-tellers. In Germany, Sönke has been a member of the 8-piece St. Juergen Blues Band for 14 years on guitar, harmonica and vocals. In 2013 Sönke co-founded the Octopus Garden Rock band where he is lead singer and frontman and Wiebke has been adding some harmony for a few years. In NZ Sönke has made good friends at HBS Blues and Auckland Blues Music Club. Members of both German bands have been following these Blues Societies' activities with great interest. A St Juergen Blues Band original.
For just over 20 years local Kiwi musicians have been performing the blues live in Hamilton on the second Thursday of the month. We welcome new-comers to the monthly Blues Nights at Biddy Mulligan's Irish Pub in 17B Hood Street – kick off is typically 7:30pm.
You are welcome to pop in and check the scene out. Please feel free to sign up for regular updates and our bimonthly newsletter because there is much more bluesy stuff happening than just the monthly Blues Nights. We have regular Blues Showcases on the fifth Thursday of the month, as well as feature nights such as Ladies Sing The Blues in Hamilton. And the fourth Sunday of the month is a featured Blues Afternoon.
We are also affiliated with other blues societies and clubs in the vicinity viz: Auckland, Tauranga and Rotorua, and have had regular involvement in the Easter Tauranga Jazz/Blues Festival each year until 2019.
To find out more please check out the About Us.
Our two distant HBS members, Sonke Dwenger and Wiebke Reißig-Dwenger, created this wonderful little introduction to Hamilton Blues Society Blues Nights. Watch, and enjoy, leave feedback, contact HBS if you would like additional information.
© Copyright 2018 Sonke Dwenger and Wiebke Reißig-Dwenger 2018.