Wellington Folk Rock Band Turns 21

String Things is our 21st Birthday celebration album, featuring songs from our entire career - some old favourites that deserved to be re-recorded, some new songs, and some cover versions we've made our own but have never recorded. This is the album that many fans have been asking us to make for years.

Songs include Haunted, Where The Wild Things Are, Goodnight, String Things, Like A Hurricane, Ride On, Pot Of Gold and more.

A Little History....
Take yourself back to a wet windy Wellington night in 1994.

Rob Joass, Jo Moir and Gwyn Reynolds step onto the stage at Molly Malones for the first time. Hobnail (then Hobnail Boots) soon expanded to a 5 piece, and have expanded and contracted regularly over the years. They have travelled the world, released 5 albums, raised families, lived lives and through it all have maintained their love of performing together. Rob (vocals and guitar) and Jo (vocals and violin) have been the mainstays from the beginning, with multi instrumentalist Hamish Graham joining not long after. Caroline Easther (drums and backing vocals) has been with the band for so long that nobody can remember exactly when she joined. Guests on this album include previous collaborators Wayne Mason (piano) and Alan Norman (accordian) as well as new friends Kim Bonnington (vocals) and Dusty Burnell (mandolin).

Hobnail performs regularly all over New Zealand. They have appeared on Friday Live on National Radio several times, and have previously been finalists for Best Folk Album and Best Country Song at the New Zealand Music Awards.

"Original songs with the authenticity of folk and the spirit of rock'n'roll"

Nick Bollinger, The Listener

"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.