Rob Joass


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Rob Joass has been part of the Wellington music scene since the 90s, as a solo act, then as founder of the folk-rock outfit Hobnail Boots (later Hobnail) and The Shot Band. He released his first solo CD ‘Rainlovers’ in 1995. Hobnail have released 5 CD’s, and the Shot Band have released 1 full length CD and 2 EP’s. Rob has also recently been touring with “Too Many Chiefs”, a songwriting showcase also featuring Laura Collins, Wayne Mason and Andrew London.



Of his first solo album in 18 years Rob says:
I called it ‘Black And White’ because I set out to keep the arrangements relatively minimal. Relative to my usual love of layering sounds, that is. I’ve always been a big fan of lots of harmony and adding textures to arrangements, but in the last couple of years I have been playing solo quite regularly and have been enjoying hearing the songs unadorned. Less can be more. Of course more can be more as well. It’s just a matter of working out where to draw the line on a particular song.

Long time cohort Hamish Graham contributes drums on Lost at Sea and Kiss Goodbye Another Year, while Wayne Mason plays piano on both of those songs and Hammond organ on The Winter Bells.

NZ Live, 2014 with Rob Joass

Live at Wellington City Folk Club
Recorded live at Acoustic Routes, the Wellington City Folk Club’s monthly concert on 22nd July 2014.

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Last edited: 28.07.16

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