Rafters Music Club

Rafters is a friendly music club in central Auckland.

Held on the 3rd Friday of each month


Time: 8-11pm

Admission: $10 cash at door

Venue: Unitarian Church, 1a Ponsonby Road. Next to the Art Station. Between K'rd and Hopetoun St.

Rafters Music Club promotes music from traditional to contemporary. We welcome new performers. 

Our format is open mic (without a mic!) in the first half, supper, then guest/s. Anyone who would like to perform in the first half is welcome to see Graham at the door, but please put your name down before the 8.00pm start. 
Tea, coffee & biscuits provided for supper.

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Music Club Links

- Auckland Bluegrass

- Devonport Folk Music Club

- East Coast Folk Club

- Titirangi Folk Music Club

- The Barebones Acoustic Folk Club

- Auckland Folk Festival. A great camping weekend full of concerts, workshops, dances and fun.    


 Held at The Unitarian Church
1a Ponsonby Road
at 8pm every 3rd Friday of the Month.

$10 cash at door 

Our Guest for Friday June 21st 2024 is


Mike Harding


After a long wait, beset by the delays of the past few years, we finally have Mike Harding as our guest at Rafters this month. 

Mike, who was born in Eketahuna more than 70 years ago, had a wonderful small-town New Zealand upbringing encompassing rugby, shearing, possum trapping and country pubs . He got his first guitar in Palmerston North, was involved in amateur dramatics and the Hawera Folk Club. He eventually arrived in Auckland via the Tahora Music Festival. Between 1978 and 1984 he did his musical apprenticeship in the folk clubs (Poles Apart), cafes, markets (Cook Street) and street music (Parnell Village and Karangahape Road) of Auckland.

In 1983/4 while touring with Taranaki Sol he was offered the chance to record the LP ‘Time on the Road’. This established Mike’s path for the next several years as he travelled the highways and byways sharing songs that told the story of Godzone. 

Along the way he made many other recordings, by himself and in collaboration with other musicians (e.g.Cath Woodman, Gumboot Tango) gaining Folk Record of the Year in 1987 with ‘From the Edge’. 

In this century Mike has found home and family in New Plymouth, where he retired after 25 years of teaching guitar at local schools and privately and in the process helping young people find music and their muse.

So come along to Rafters and immerse yourself in the music and tales of New Zealand as presented by the very talented ‘Eketahuna Kid’ himself, Mike Harding. 

 In Mike’s own words:

“I have devoted the past forty years to locating, researching, learning, recording,  promoting and performing the folk and popular songs of New Zealand.

In the course of my solo, acoustic presentations around the country and overseas I have found songs that resonate with my own background;  growing up in a small town, getting an education, becoming an educator and eventually discovering a musical path as a frequently peripatetic folk-singer.



The first half of the evening brings musicians old and new to warm us up before supper and our main guest/s. We welcome new performers. See Graham at the door if you want to perform, but you will need to be there before the 8pm start.

Photos and Videos

Photos and some videos of performances will be taken during the evening and displayed on our Facebook page. We also have a Rafters Music Club YouTube channel where we display some videos (type Rafters Music Club into YouTube search to find these videos). Please see Linda if you do not want your images publicly available.

See you there

Graham, Linda, Jennifer and Alistair