by Adam McGrath - Oct 13, 2015
We must be getting old or something, everything seems to be going right and we're getting up early and hugging the sun and then watching it fall again, right now in the Eastland Pacific motor lodge on St johns street Opotiki I'm taking in the night off catching up on reading and writing and listening. Its nice to be back here our last show at the RSA hall .. Read More »
by The Eastern - Oct 30, 2014
Strange times abound around here…its hard to keep focused but we’ve got a record coming out on Friday, maybe the best one we’ve made. We&rsq.. Read More »
THE LYTTELTON ROUGH HOUSE REVIVAL TOUR
by THE EASTERN - Oct 30, 2014
It’s been a pretty long year and a bit for the .. Read More »
THE WUNDERBAR WELCOMES HOME THE EASTERN
by The Eastern - Oct 30, 2014
I wake up...the bed is the same as it was the night before, the carpet keeps its colour, the view outside the window says it hasn't changed since yesterday, it was autumn and now it is spring and we are home...
we went to europe, we played all over, we took our new zealand songs across the sea, strangers with distant tongues sang them b.. Read More »
by Eastern - Sep 4, 2014
I’m not sure what Kris was doing there, he took his seat about 2 hours early, right in front, optimum table position. He smiled and greeted us immediately we smiled and greeted him eagerly back. We were eager because we’d been there an hour already and hardly anyone spoke to us. We felt weird. The language was an issue; this far ea.. Read More »
by eastern - Aug 14, 2014
You know when you walk Into the bar and there’s a photo of the owner standing with Ronnie Drew which in turn is next to a photo of the owner standing with Christy Moore, which is nestled against a photo of the owner with Noel Redding, which is just above the photo of the owner with Mike Scott that either two things are gonna happen your gonna feel like part of a trad.. Read More »
by eastern - Aug 14, 2014
Carmello makes a cupping motion on his chest as if to suggest that if he was a woman he’d be cradling his left breast. With his right hand he outlines the shape of a guitar, he repeats his mantra “Women, musica, art”. Carmello plays electric guitar, piano and he paints. He serves pasta, he acts in movies, he wears socks with his sandals, I learn these thin.. Read More »
by eastern - Jul 9, 2014
thankyou for your kindness last weekend, napier, rotorua, new plymouth...our souls, bones and wheels were made lighter by all you good folk....
friday night Auckland the wine cellar
this is literally just about to sell out so if you wanna go jump quick
saturday ni.. Read More »
3 MORE SHOWS
by eastern - Jul 3, 2014
three more shows added check out the shows link and you can find
new plymouth, pukekawa and kauaeranga valley added...come in spinner!.. Read More »
NEW PLMOUTH SHOW ADDED
by eastern - Jun 20, 2014
street party tonight! that'll be just fine thanks...
in other news another show added for our whistle stop north island run...sunday july 6th we are taranaki bound and will be at butlers reef in oakura just a few mins out of new plymouth...we'll see you soon tiger town!
tickets right here...
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by eastern - Jun 17, 2014
ok this week we're gonna be talking all kinds of good things...first step though is to tell you we'll be playing, as we try to do every year, at the Lyttelton Festival of Lights Street Party this friday night on the big stage in the old harbourlight space, the night is always heartwarming and I always feel compelled to tell you some long stor.. Read More »
HOPE AND WIRE
by mcgrath - Jun 17, 2014
I had a desk and when I was sitting at it I could look out at the dry dock and the tank farm and the water and quail Island and at night the harbour lights would bounce and refract through the window and build themselves up again and again somewhere in the cortex that controlled the romantic image centres of my brain. It was too much, I had to .. Read More »
MORE SHOWS THIS AUTUMN
by eastern - Mar 13, 2014
a whole bunch of shows coming up over autumn! heres a brief list but theres more info over on the shows page...more to come join us if you can we'll be doing our best for ya!
21st March-Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
22nd March- Marchfest, Nelson
28th March-CBD bar outdoor show in chch
4th April- Bob Dylan tribute night Wine cellar, Auckland
5th April-Resonator House Co.. Read More »
by eastern - Mar 7, 2014
for the third time we're bringing the late night rumble to nelson and closing the annual beer/food/goodtime hooley that is march fest in a couple of weeks (saturday march 22nd)!...mic and the team always treat us like family and we promise to leave the ballads at home at tear up the tent, the stage and the whole damn night!.. Read More »
by the eastern - Sep 24, 2013
If we saw you in port chalmers thanks for the dancin' and kindness and thanks for being cool to us, Don McGlashen and all the other walkers and talkers who hit the stage...a wonderful day in a great community! thanks...heres whats up for us next...
We were meant to have a new record out, but sometimes these things .. Read More »
MORE MCGRATH SOLO DATES
Jul 30, 2013
i'm back in the rig to take another swig...back in the studio chiselin' at this new record of ours, we wanna get this so right for you, we owe your faith!...if you came out to either of my solo shows in dunedin or okarito, i offer thanks and kindness to ya...thankyou for YOUR faith!...dunedin we're gonna do it again next week on the 16th of august but th.. Read More »
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Jun 27, 2013
We know! we never update but maybe we'll start trying harder, www.facebook.com/forteastern seems to be where the action is...
yes we are all still alive...in fact we have been making the candle burn both ends and in the middle getting our record done, we're aways in and starting to .. Read More »
WE MADE A RECORD!
by eastern - Feb 14, 2012
We made a record…its actually two
Ok don’t freak out!...we know, we know, it’s a DOUBLE ALBUM!...we know you can sense the pretentiousness meter moving well in to the red…and what? There’s a brass band on here?...who the hell do these bums think they are?...truth is we get it!...we were as wary as you are about this whole business…sure there’s bee.. Read More »
by eastern - Dec 21, 2011
So right now as I’m tapping this out its dec 21st, tomorrow it will be no surprise to anyone to hear that it will be the 22nd… a few years back I spent the 23rd (nz time) driving around and around in my blue holden station wagon (the one with the blown out muffler, it sounded badass in the car, outside it was like it n.. Read More »
by eastern - Dec 18, 2011
well aside from a foolish crash on a motorcycle (meanin' im in a knee brace and on cructches for up to 6 weeks)...yesterday was fun... the dome show was kicks for us playing some new songs and xmas hits!...back to the control room today and feelin fine about this impendin record its shaping up strong...next weeks dome gig has been cancelled by the promoters but ryhthm and alps is gonna be badass on the .. Read More »
ALL NEWS IS GOOD NEWS
by eastern - Dec 13, 2011
lots goin on at the moment...first thing is to keep this new page hummin'
first up the announcement of new years this year at the brewery with friends comrades and harbour union alumni the unfaithful ways, delaney davidson, and lindon puffin...for free!!! it should be big and bold and beautiful!!!
tonight!!!! the openin' of the dux live in addington...we'll be playin' and helpin' war.. Read More »
BEEN A LONG TIME\\\'
by the eastern - Jul 28, 2011
phew its been a long time well only a month or so!...but we've been hunkered down catching our breath after a longgggg year...right now we're woodshackin away writing songs and preparing the long road through to making our next record...but we decided that too long writing means we aren't doing enough playing and a month or two off the road makes our tyres itchy...sooooo we've de.. Read More »
HARBOUR UNION SHOW!!!!
by the eastern - Jun 1, 2011
So The Harbour Union collective have confirmed their appearence at this years Lyttelton Festival Of Lights on June 17th...the whole bunch will be performing for the first time all together...The Eastern are excited to be singin' in our home town with our union brothers and sisters! oh and the show is a street party so its free for all and the word is that fireworks will light up the sky in celebration.... Read More »