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Criú

Formed in 2018 by Rennie Pearson, Bob McNeil, James MacNamara and Duncan Davidson, Criú started out with the purpose of bringing all the Craic, drive and groove of traditional Irish session playing to the stage in a way that was exiting and engaging to listen to. The Idea was that the members could be somewhat interchangeable as availability demanded. Just a year after forming the band, Rennie left wellington to live in Golden bay but the band continued playing a few gigs each year with a changeable lineup. In 2021 however Rennie has stepped back in as the flute player and manager.

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Rennie and Robert Zielinski began making music while locked down in Golden Bay.

With Rob on the fiddle and Rennie on the wooden flute and guitar, they weave their way around foot-stomping Irish melodies.

Ren and Rob play old and original tunes in a traditional Manner.

 Robs Donegal influenced fiddle playing which carries the weight of years spent in Ireland learning from the old masters, is paired with Rennie's versatile guitar playing, full of drive and shifting counter melody's, or the wooden flute, Rennie's first instrument, to create the classic flute and fiddle sound that is so  deeply ingrained in Irish traditional music

Ren and Rob

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Rennie and Oscar West formed Polytropos in 2011, making it Rennie's longest-standing duo.

Polytropos is a force of wildly imaginative Celtic music, the translation being of many twists and turns. 

 They have toured New Zealand many times, playing at various venues from small-town halls to big theatres. Their humour and knowledge of the traditions which they draw from forms a large part of the show. They have just released their Debut album, which is available here: on https://polytropos.bandcamp.com/album/polytropos

Check them out on Facebook

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Polytropos

Rennie Pearson and Colm MacEnaney form Forgotten Atlas. 

A live music duo fusing a mixture of traditional and original music from around the world to create an intimate and engaging atmosphere for listeners to sit back and enjoy the ride, or dance to their hearts content!

They play a combination of flutes, whistles, guitars, vocals, hang and percussion using a kick drum to tie down the beat and get you on your feet!

Forgotten Atlas

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Alice & Rennie

Alice Williams and Rennie have been playing together since 2015. 

Their set is a mix of originals, Gypsy flavored tunes and old Americana songs
which is both intimate and heart-wrenching.

They've played at house concerts and have been requested to play at birthday parties.

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