Welcome to the Balcairn Public Hall

Across the Great Divide

Prepare your dancing feet, vocal chords and heart! Here come Across the Great Divide, featuring traditional, contemporary and original songs and tunes from Celtic and Americana roots.

Karen’s fiery accompaniments matches her blisteringly paced, guitar fuelled jigs and reels as Tony adds his relaxed dobro harmonies to add depth and splashes of musical colour and Hanna fills you with delicious unworldly vibration. Before you’ve caught your breath, they shift gear into a gentle Celtic air on the harp - and then the soft Scots burr of Karen’s voice breathes life into an achingly beautiful traditional song as Tony adds sensitive counter harmonies on the dobro.

Almost unknowingly you are drawn into and welcomed to their special Transatlantic musical world. Original and traditional tunes and airs; Americana original compositions all receive the same skill and passion in their delivery until you are no longer aware of their different musical roots, nor any divide at all. Only their infectious sounds.

An Across The Great Divide concert isn’t a quiet affair. Strap yourself in for a wild, toe tapping and emotionally laden journey, perfectly held together by their passion for their traditions.

The group comprises:

Tony Burt - well known sound engineer, film maker, guitarist and arguably NZ's finest dobro player

Hanna Wiskari-Griffiths - Ethno organiser, Internationally and nationally respected Swedish saxophonist

Karen Jones - music specialist and Tradition bearer of Scots songs and tunes, on harp, guitar, and vocals.

This quaint country hall sits alongside the railway at Five Corners, Balcairn on the Rangiora/Amberley Road, 15 minutes from Amberley or from Rangiora.

Built in 1926 this hall has seen it all! After years of neglect it has risen like the phoenix over the last 10 years as a result of love and commitment by its local residents, concert supporters and fundraisers and stands ready to welcome all comers and be of service to the community.


80 seated at tables, or 120 seated in rows, or 150 standing - 150 chairs, 10 tables,


Heatpumps, entry ramp and accessible toilets.

Staging, lighting, speaker system and floral decoration is available by arrangement

The hall has a well equipped kitchen including fridge/freezer, 2 ovens, microwave, vacuum cleaner, table cloths, cutlery, 150 cups, plates, First Aid kit, emergency light, fire blanket, 2 x hotwater systems, and much more...

It is the closest venue to the Balcairn Cemetery and ideal for funeral gatherings.

Bookings are essential click here for more.

A typical enthusiastic audience!