It wouldn’t be Auckland Live Summer in the Square without a sensational music line-up, and this summer is no exception.

With the driving clawhammer banjo and vocals of David Ward (Wheel Of Experience), vital fiddle and mandolin of Dave Khan (Marlon Williams, Reb Fountain), and solid foundation of bassist Eamon Edmundson Wells (Ruckus), the Shindig Trio present stonking takes of old-time folk, blues and country tunes from the American songbook, inspired by the unvarnished authenticity of early American folk and blues heroes such as Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, and Leadbelly. 

About the band

DAVID WARD is a creative guitarist and banjo player who composes for theatre and original projects. He has performed in numerous musical settings, touring extensively in NZ,  Singapore, Australia, India, Germany, and the USA. He is perhaps best known for his long-time collaboration with the Indian Ink Theatre Company, for which he has twice won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for 'Most Outstanding Composer'. David writes and performs in his original jazz ensembles Onomatopoeia and Ruckus old-time, folk and blues projects including Wheel of Experience and Shindig, as well as numerous roles as collaborator and sideman with many of New Zealand's most talented artists.  In 2018 and 2019 David performed as a guest banjoist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

DAVE KHAN is a multi-instrumentalist (violin, viola, guitar, mandolin, piano, synths), who over the past 20 years has garnered a firm reputation as a supremely creative collaborator, sideman, and arranger for some of NZ’s most respected artists. A few of these include Marlon Williams, Reb Fountain, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn, Gin Wigmore, and the Topp Twins.

EAMON EDMUNDSON-WELLS is a double bass player who has performed with some of New Zealand’s most successful musicians and international touring artists. Most known for his work within the jazz end of the musical spectrum, Eamon explores many different genres and approaches to music, some drenched in improvisation and freedom, others in stylistic integrity and faithful reproduction. Regardless of the approach, he is a player who focuses on what’s fundamental to the music: sound, texture, rhythm, harmony, connectivity between humans, and finding peace in the process of creating. He has most recently worked with  Leda's Dream, Trioglodytes, Jon Pal Inderberg, Hayden Chisholm, Jess Henderson and Tom Cunliffe.