Sanders Alley Geiling at the Swamp Palace
9 April 11
Although we were out on the Karikari Peninsula, we were enticed by a concert to return to the Swamp Palace. German violinist Toni Geiling is visiting New Zealand and touring nationally with Jon Sanders and Dave Alley. Sanders Alley Geiling included the Oruru Hall in their New Zealand itinerary after receiving a warm reception to their concert last year.
The evening was world-class folk entertainment in a what some may consider a backwater village hall. The juxtaposition of the two extremes meant that the performers were given an authentic reception by enthusiastic locals. And we really enjoyed the evening — spending time with friends and dancing to the music.
It’s important to us to continue to expose our children to live musicians rather than enrolling them in formal lessons. We don’t know where their interests will lie, and giving them a wealth of experiences to draw from will help lead them to a passion which we can then resource properly.
At the end of the evening, it was an easy matter of putting everyone to bed in the truck that was parked outside the hall. Living on wheels makes staying up late very easy!