“There are six of them: three school teachers, an architectural draughtsman, a student of anthropology and a bus mechanic.” This lively and light-hearted 1968 National Film Unit production profiles The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, who come together in Auckland to play in a villa, a recording studio, and at the Poles Apart Folk Club (where they would record a live album the same year). The band brought the sounds of Kentucky to New Zealand via a prolific run of albums, and regular appearances on 60s TV show The Country Touch. They turned professional in 1969.
It’s a type of folk music that comes from the reels, jigs and ballads that the pioneers brought over to the southeastern United States, that provided a music for square dances…– A member of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band defines bluegrass
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