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Manuela Centanni and Rob Zielinski Live In Concert

February 4 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm NZDT


Rob Zielinski & Manuela Centanni

Robert Zielinski (Western Australia) and Manuela Centanni (Italy) met in New Zealand three years ago. They have performed many concerts since, becoming known for their tone and uncanny unison playing, weaving lively jigs and reels, haunting slow airs and Rob’s original compositions inspired by the remote Great Southern region of WA.

Robert grew up in the Perth hills, learning traditional Irish music since he was eight years old, first with Sean Doherty and later Mick Doherty. Mick was a member of a family of traveling fiddle players, storytellers and tinsmiths from Co. Donegal. Mick’s uncle was the iconic fiddle player Johnny Doherty, featured on many recordings and the documentary “The fiddler on the road”. At seventeen years of age, Robert moved to Ireland, where he spent 14 years living on the West coast. He has toured in the USA, Europe and Australia. He taught for three years at the Galway School of Traditional Irish Music and in 2000 he won Ireland’s Michael Coleman Traditional Fiddle Player of the Year Award. Robert is also a violin maker and performs on a violin he made himself.

Manuela has a bachelor degree in flute performance from Bologna Conservatoire. In 2014 she moved to New Zealand, where she found a vibrant traditional music scene in Dunedin. It was here she was able to pursue her lifetime dream to play traditional music. Between local sessions, festivals, ceilidh and the Dunedin Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, this nurturing and friendly environment enabled her to quietly explore many aspects of this music. In 2018 she bought a wooden flute from Chris Norman from Nova Scotia, a copy of a Rudall Rose flute. She has since specialised in the wooden flute with a special interest in the music of blind 17th century Irish harpist Turlough O’Carolan.

Our kitchen is open from 5pm for main meals and snacks.
Book at table and come early for some delicious dinner before the show!
Show dinner specials will be on offer.
Phone 03-377-4787 for table bookings.


February 4
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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A Rolling Stone
579 Colombo Street
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011 New Zealand
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03 377 4787