The full programme of events, including the Nook and Cranny Music Festival, Gig Nights and Lunch Buskers, plus talks, workshops and performances througout May

[image credit: Soaked Oats perform at the Dunedin City Library during the Nook & Cranny Music Festival; photographer: Paul S Allen]

Our NZ Music Month 2021 calendar:

6th May

Thursday Night Gigs with the OK Boomers & Friends

The OK Boomers present an evening of witty banter and great original music, showcasing some brilliant Dunedin bands.

5.30pm: OK Boomers James Dignan

6pm: Philip Fleming

6.50pm: The Mentalist Collective

Join us from 5.30pm every Thursday in May, as the OK Boomers introduce you to some new guests each week of May with an eclectic mix of original New Zealand songwriting.

Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library

FREE


7th May

NZ Music Month Storytime with Amanda
Stories, songs and instruments to kick off NZ Music Month for the kiddies.

10.30am, Children's Storypit, City Library


Lunch Buskers

Jackson Caine presents acoustic sets on Friday lunchtimes featuring some of Dunedin’s great busking talent

Today's guest buskers:

  • 12pm: Noa Graham Walker 
  • 12.30pm: Jackson Caine

Bring your lunch, pull up a chair and enjoy great New Zealand Music on a chilled-out Friday.

Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library

FREE


12th May

Song Poet's Corner
Presented by #TheFutureIsNow, singer-songwriter Jae Bedford joins forces with Poet Matthew Robertson for a night of creative expression. The evening will feature a songwriting challenge with audience participation.

6pm, Gig Hub, Ground floor, City Library


13th May

Thursday Night Gigs with the OK Boomers & Friends

The OK Boomers present an evening of witty banter and great original music, showcasing some brilliant Dunedin bands.

5.30pm: OK Boomers James Dignan

6pm: BRONWYN

6.50pm: Kathartipuss

Join us from 5.30pm every Thursday in May, as the OK Boomers introduce you to some new guests each week of May with an eclectic mix of original New Zealand songwriting.

Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library

FREE


14th May

Lunch Buskers

Jackson Caine presents acoustic sets on Friday lunchtimes featuring some of Dunedin’s great busking talent

Today's guest buskers:

  • 12pm: Joseph Blackburn
  • 12.30pm: Mere Clark

Bring your lunch, pull up a chair and enjoy great New Zealand Music on a chilled-out Friday.

Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library

FREE


Album Launch: Paul S Allen's "And He Flies"
7pm, Gallery on Blueskin


20th May

Thursday Night Gigs with the OK Boomers & Friends

The OK Boomers present an evening of witty banter and great original music, showcasing some brilliant Dunedin bands.

Join us from 5.30pm every Thursday in May, as the OK Boomers introduce you to some new guests each week of May with an eclectic mix of original New Zealand songwriting.

Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library

FREE


21st May

Lunch Buskers

Jackson Caine presents acoustic sets on Friday lunchtimes featuring some of Dunedin’s great busking talent

Bring your lunch, pull up a chair and enjoy great New Zealand Music on a chilled-out Friday.

Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library

FREE


22nd May

Freedom to Sing

Enjoy a performance by this great local choir. Freedom to Sing is a group that comes together for the passion and health of singing.

12pm, Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library


27th May

Thursday Night Gigs with the OK Boomers & Friends

The OK Boomers present an evening of witty banter and great original music, showcasing some brilliant Dunedin bands.

Join us from 5.30pm every Thursday in May, as the OK Boomers introduce you to some new guests each week of May with an eclectic mix of original New Zealand songwriting.

Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library

FREE


28th May

Lunch Buskers

Jackson Caine presents acoustic sets on Friday lunchtimes featuring some of Dunedin’s great busking talent

Bring your lunch, pull up a chair and enjoy great New Zealand Music on a chilled-out Friday.

Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library

FREE


29th May

Saturday with the Sweet Adelines

Dunedin Harmony Chorus return with their beautiful a capella songs - great versions of some well-known classics, from traditional waiata to rock and roll.

Saturday 29th May, 11.15am
Gig Hub, Ground Floor, City Library

FREE


Live from St Louis – Early African American Composers

In this live presentation via Zoom, St Louis based duo Cherry and Jerry, present a ragtime history show.

Coming directly from St. Louis, at one time considered America’s Ragtime capital, the duo Cherry & Jerry – percussionist Isaac Cherry and pianist Jerry Rabushka – will present “Early African-American Composers,” beginning with James Bland, the minstrel song composer of the 1880s, then moving to ragtime and jazz, and ending with blues from the 1910s and 1920s. Much of this music came from the first generation of Black Americans who were born in freedom.

They’ll take a look at Ernest Hogan, born three weeks before the end of the American Civil War and who made his way to be the first African-American to both produce and star in a Broadway show; they’ll also feature blues by W.C. Handy (known as the father of the blues), and his contemporaries, which laid the foundation for the blues we know today.

As well as the talk, there will be live performance and a chance for the Dunedin audience to ask questions.

12.30pm, Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library

FREE