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The Whittakers - Celtic Style Covers Band - Tauranga

Type: Celtic Band

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The Whittakers formed in Tauranga in August 2012. The aim - Create an original sound using acoustic instruments, then rock it up with drums and bass. Genre - celtic, rock, pop, folk, country, traditional. Motto - keep it interesting.

Richard Grautstuck - Vocals, Guitar
Mitz Amores - Mandolin, Vocals
Robbie Laven - Fiddle plus multi instruments
Dave Williams - Bass, Vocals
Harvey Win - Drums

Richard has played in bands for 25+ years, notably in the UK bands - Billy in the Lowground and The Space Bastards, as well as many cover/club bands
Harvey and Dave were until recently the rhythm section for Woody Woodhouse the highly popular Tauranga Jazz musician.
Mitz spent 10 years singing in her church choir before picking up a mandolin, getting hooked and has been playing with Richard for the last 5 years
Alison spent many years in a Scottish ceilidh band and has been involved in numerous musical productions.

The Whittakers are regularly performing in pubs, markets, festivals and private functions in and around Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

Ideal for: dance music for corporate function, private party, wedding, with a bit of a Celtic theme


Wild Rover - Traditional
Whiskey in the Jar - Traditional
Thousands Are Sailing - The Pogues
Young Ned of the Hill - The Pogues
Irish Rover - Traditional
Fields of Athenry
Black Velvet Band - The Dubliners
Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison
Molly Malone - Traditional
Once Upon a Time - The Pogues
Pair of Brown Eyes - The Pogues
Wild Mountain Thyme - Traditional
Caledonia - Dougie McLean
Galway Girl -Steve Earle
Spancil Hill - Traditional
Dirty Old Town - The Pogues

Irish Washerwoman
Roaring Jelly
Swallow Tail Reel
Mrs McLeod's Reel
Soldier's Joy
De'il in the Tailors

Wagon Wheel - Bob Dylan / Olde Crow Medicine Show
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Little Lion Man - Mumford and Sons
Losing My Religion - REM
Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Let Her Go - Passenger
Man on the Moon - REM
Diamantina Drover - Redgum
Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys
Candy - Paulo Nutini
Changes in Attitudes - Jimmy Buffett
Good Riddance - Green Day
Wake Me Up Before September Ends - Green Day
Arms of an Angel - Sarah MaLachlan
Bye Bye Johnny - Chuck Berry
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Far Away Eyes - Rolling Stones
Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones
Home - Philip Phillips
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
Jungle Rock - Hank Mizell
Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
Rockin' all over the World - Status Quo
Sway - Michael Buble
Walls - Tom Petty
A Night in that Land - Phil Cunningham
World Turned Upside Down - Billy Bragg
Cotton Fields - Creedance
Four Strong Winds - Neil Young
L'Aire de la Louisiane - Jimmy Buffett
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness - John Prine
Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson

The Whittakers also have a range of their own original songs - mostly with a lively Celtic-influenced sound.

Hi Pete ,
Whittaker’s were awesome please
Pass on our thanks . Everyone really enjoyed their music.
It was a great choice for our reception 
Kind regards 

Hello again
everything went smoothly and the Whittakers were good, they also dressed the part which was great. Both our center's coordinator and festival director were satisfied with their performance. Just too bad we had to cut it short due to the rain. 
Kind regards

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