Words & photo: Geoff Lewis

A band of brothers, and recent Auckland Folk Festival award winners for excellence in music, will kick-off the entertainment schedule at this year’s Waikato Show.

Laurence, 15, Sam 14 and Nate 10 are Rhodeworks.

The home-schooled kids, of Tracy Frangos and Bruce Rhodes, live on a lifestyle block not far from Hamilton and are often supported by mum and dad on bass and guitar.

The siblings have learned to play musical instruments from an early age and performed extensively in New Zealand, at the Auckland and Wellington folk festivals, and overseas.

Tutored by Hamilton guitarist Pitt Ramsey, Laurence has played guitar for five years, taught himself to play double bass and banjo and built his own guitar. Sam loves Americana and Bluegrass music and the remarkable ability to improvise on the spot. He is self-taught on mandolin and is also learning guitar with Ramsey’s help.

Littlest but certainly not least, is Nate who loves to shake and bang things and has recently taken to cello and guitar.

Rhodeworks will pick from their favourite mix of rock, Celtic and bluegrass on the main stage at the Waikato Show 12pm Friday April 7.

Entertainment organiser, Tash McGowan, said the show’s mainstage line-up is packed with talent and creativity. ”People should be prepared to be entertained. The show provides the opportunity for cultural arts expression and a showcase for the diversity of talent across the Waikato.”

The main stage is an open-air raised platform, located within the Cultural Village, in the heart of the show’s central outdoor food court.

Entertainment at the Waikato Show will take place from 12 noon to 4pm each day and includes confirmed performances by children’s musician Mr Roberelli, the Arum Aikido martial arts school, duo Looking for Alaska, multi-instrumentalist George Woolston, the Hamilton Chinese Ethnic Song and Dance Group, In2Strings and Auckland singer song-writer, Parabola (Amy) West.

”We are delighted to feature acts and performances from young emerging artists in our commitment to the Youth Expo. The hub will be bursting with cultural flavour and sound and the focus for song, dance and spoken-word performance over the three-day event,” Tash said.

Prepare to be entertained: Waikato Show 7-9 April, Claudelands Events Centre. Entry $8.00

Photo caption: Rhodeworks; l-r Nate, Laurence and Sam Frangos-Rhodes.