Wellington Folk Rock Band

"We like the sound of String Things.
Fiddles, mandolins, and steel guitars."
String Things - Rob Joass

Hobnail has journeyed far and wide in their 20 years of performing - trips which have seen them take their Kiwi-flavoured songs and stories not only all over New Zealand, but also to the United States, Canada, Ireland and Europe.

Festival favourites around New Zealand, their live performance has been variously described as "spellbinding", "captivating", "incendiary", "rousing" and "highly spirited and entertaining".

Hobnail has featured at Sounds'n'Nature at Raumati, Tauranga's Blues, Brews and BBQ's Festival, the Hokonui Moonshine Festival in Gore, Taranaki's Festival of Lights, the Wellington International Festival of the Arts, Masterton's Golden Shears, the Foxton Easter Festival, the Festival of the Elements in Porirua, the Huntaway Festival at Hunterville, the Nelson School of Music Winter Festival, the Tauranga Acoustic Music Festival and the Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch Folk Festivals. Hobnail has also made appearances on tv's Good Morning and National Radio's Friday afternoon Live show with Jim Mora.

Featuring "Jo Moir's barnstorming fiddle", the award-winning songwriting of Rob Joass, spectacular harmonies and over 100 years of collective performance experience, the Hobnail live show is one not to be missed.

"when The Hobnail Boots take the stage, they tear into their set with mucho gusto, injecting volume and energy into the evening with their illustrious blend of bluegrass, Celtic folk, pop, and rock'n'roll."
-Nelson Mail

For more information, pictures or interviews contact Rob Joass 0274 500615 or robjoass@gmail.com


Baggage Album Review

Our 2012 album "Baggage" got reviewed on a Dutch website - below is a translation of the review.

Although pop rock formations Crowded House with Do not Dream It's Over and Split Enz 'I Hope I Never at the international music for goosebumps moments made and garage rock sounds of The Datsuns and The D4 on this side of the earth reasonably have been successful remains music from New Zealand regularly to our country pass.

With his film adaptation of Tolkien Books In The Ban Of The Ring and the recently premiered judicata first part of the Hobbit movie producer Peter Jackson makes sure that we still talk about the country with breathtaking scenery.

The fertile musical ground far from exhausted proves the five piece band from Wellington Hobnail for years with their self-released records.

Five years and a marital separation between two band members more, the new acoustic folk rock album "Baggage" the opportunity to let you carry against a backdrop of a rich Irish musical tradition, where you also can drown in the fine harmonies between singer and multi-instrumentalist Rob Joass and violinist Jo Moire.

It is a source of emotional inspiration with the mind of Rob Joass, the creative brain behind Hobnail, a bungee cord.

On "Baggage" he wiebeligheid his mental and emotional issues in a divorce situation plays speak.

A depressing plate? Earlier uplifting and inspiring album, which also is dominated by Robs fiftieth anniversary and self-mockery with a dash of black humor as weapon relativism serves. "Baggage" is pleasant to listen to and feels like a warm coat.

An album with songs like Position Vacant, The Old Me and the eponymous album title musically quick secrets and which singer Rob Joash terms with the past and simultaneously makes a step towards a new future.