The Band was established around 1910 in the valleys inland from Hokitika, although early records are scanty. Originally called the Kokatahi-Koiterangi Band, it was set up by locals, mostly farmers with some gold miners, to entertain on Sunday afternoons which was their only day off. Consistently playing from before WW1, the band is recognised throughout New Zealand both by its unique sound and outfit.
And no, though we still get asked, there are no original members in the current lineup...!
The Band plays popular and instantly-recognised tunes dating from the time when the Band was formed, in the early part of the twentieth century, through to the present day. These include bush ballads, old Irish, Scottish, and of course NZ folk songs, and many tunes are easily recognisable by most people.
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