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The Bitter Brothers with the Downundermutts
The Bitter Brothers with the Downundermutts

Sat, 05 Aug



The Bitter Brothers with the Downundermutts

A bit of folk, sometimes more honky-tonk, country and western, sometimes a touch of swing, or an old time American style; every show is a musical and a family reunion.

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Time & Location

05 Aug 2023, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Wellington, 118 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

About the event

The Bitter Brothers are a family band who write and play traditional and original old time, country, folk, and bluegrass hits; from good time Saturday night songs to Sunday morning repentance and gospel.

Their performances are sometimes comic, theatrical, sometimes deadly serious; their music, an echoed lament from a distant past balanced with a sometime tender optimism for the future. Above all else, their watchwords are variety and entertainment, continually changing the mood and sound over the course of their shows with an eye and an ear bent towards a more entertaining variety than your usual musical fare. The Bitter Brothers offer sometimes guitar songs, sometimes banjo, sometimes accordion, fiddle, ukulele, harmonies and differing vocal arrangements, we may pull out a musical saw, a harmonica, a couple of pieces of metal detritus we found in the road that have that perfect percussive bite when banged together. You never quite know what to expect at a Bitter Brothers show, but you will often be surprised, amused, and most assuredly entertained.

With their line-up somewhat fluidly changing as they from time to time discover new Bitter family members, The Bitter Brothers bring together a variety of different musical backgrounds and thus push along the edges of the Americana genre, sometimes a bit of folk, sometimes more honky-tonk, country and western, sometimes a touch of swing, or an old time American style; every show is a musical reunion and a family reunion.    Let’s celebrate together. We will kick off the evening with a set of originals and vintage country from the ever enjoyable and entertaining Peter and Cathy Dyer in their latest incarnation, The Downundermutts, followed by The Bitter Brothers. There will be keening howls of loss, nostalgic reveries, astonishing recoveries, joyous manifestations, and good old fashioned, toe-tapping fun. Come on down and soak it up, you won’t regret it!

Jude Madill

Loved The Bitter Brothers! So glad I got to this one 

Maggie Wear

Love those Bitter Bros

Patrick Knowles

I gotta say this act was just fantastic. Superb set list each song so unique, I got lost in the music. Where's your next gig?

Chris Penman

Woah!!! Loving the Bitter Brothers - you guys sound great

Wellington Bluegrass Society

they were brilliant! They also performed unamped, completely rocked and sounded great.

The Downundermutts

Featuring originals and vintage country.

For  many years, Peter and Cathy Dyer have listened to, loved, written,  played, and sung beautiful, powerful and moving music that comes  straight from the heart of their native land, the USA. Somewhere along  the line, the term “Americana” appeared. Our music finally had a label!  On Friday 5 August, we will be delighted to set the stage for the Bitter  Brothers with the likes of Hank Williams Sr, the Louvin Brothers,  originals and more. Be sure and get there in time for the opener.  Caution--there could be yodelling!”

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