The Band

Below is the current line up with a little bit about themselves. Enjoy!


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Rob Joass

Rob has been called the hardest working musician in NZ. He's a little embarrassed by this as he knows people who work harder, but he appreciates the compliment.

Rob moved to New Zealand from his native Sydney over 20 years ago. He writes compulsively, tours incessantly, teaches guitar, produces albums, and can be found behind a mixing desk live and in the studio when time allows. His songs have been covered by artists both in NZ and abroad, and he is a 3 time finalist at the NZ Music Awards. 

"Accomplished…..powerfully beautiful….well focused songs…lived in voice"  - Graham Reid

 


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Jo Moir

Jo Moir began playing violin at the age of 6, and after stints in various youth orchestras went on to study music performance at Victoria University. Once out of uni Jo started flirting with a much wider array of musical styles, and these days is much more of a fiddler than violinist*.

She now incorporates celtic and country influences into a style which can range from the breathtakingly beautiful to barnstorming, as one reviewer recently put it. As a vocalist, Jo can melt the coldest of hearts, "Jo Moir has one of those rare voices…..(the Hobnail Boots are) a breath of fresh air".

* What's the difference between a fiddle and a violin? You don't spill beer on a violin.


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Caroline Easther

Caroline Easther launched her drumming career in Wellington in the late 70's with jazz/blues six-piece The Hot City Cats and original 3-piece rock band The Spines. A year in Dunedin in 1983 forged her connection with The Verlaines and The Chills.

While with The Chills she toured Europe, recorded the album Brave Words, and played a legendary Peel session. Caroline left The Chills in 1988 because of worsening problems with tinnitus. She then concentrated on writing and recording with her originals band Let's Planet, who released three albums and played with REM and Crowded House amongst others.

In 1997 she teamed up with The Warratahs main man Barry Saunders, with whom she continues to record and tour, most notably with Bob Dylan and Joe Cocker. Caroline is currently working on her debut solo album with ex-Muttonbird Dave Long.


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Hamish Graham

Born in Gore, raised in the Hawkes Bay.

A multi-instrumentalist, Hamish's musical path has flirted with a number of genres. After completing a music degree at Victoria, he played percussion/drum for a satirical jug band "Obadiah and the Minor Prophets" and dabbled in medieval music with the 'Caught Jesters'. His original band "Milkthistle" that he guitars for has long been his main outlet for his songwriting. Featuring cello, this 3 piece supported Jane Sibbery in 2010.

A long time member of Hobnail Boots, he more recently has been filling the bass player role, but can be heard playing guitar, drums and percussion on a number of their albums. He also is a third of the loud and lively country-esk "The Shot Band", who get the benefit of his energetic stand up drumming and a share of his songwriting.

Hamish can play anything and everything, and brings an inimitable style to everything he does.