The Eastern are a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers, and sings love songs like union songs, and writes union songs like love songs, and wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time.
Performing original folk/country, Adam McGrath (guitar) and Jess Shanks (banjo) are the core players, sometimes roaring as their big six piece string band or swinging the loud lonesome sound as a two piece and averaging over 200 shows a year, The Eastern can hold it down in all settings for all comers.
They play like they mean it, like its all they know how do…because they do and it is.
The Eastern, Mangawhai Tavern, Thursday April 17, 8pm. R18. Tickets available from eventticketing.co.nz or the Tavern.