Creative Kōrero, Music

New York Americana duo performing February 7th at The Incubator

New York based banjo and fiddle Americana duo Richie and Rosie to tour Aotearoa in summer 2020.

With 8 New Zealand concerts, the duo will be performing as far north as Rawhiti and as far south as Wellington, bringing their genre-defying, high-energy Americana show to audiences across the North Island.

Richie Stearns (the Horse Flies) and Rosie Newton (the Duhks) are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. With their memorable original songs and entrancing, nostalgic harmonies, Stearns and Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of tradition. Richie and Rosie blend traditional and contemporary sounds, outrageous punk banjo, powerful evocative fiddle with beautiful vocal harmonies. Richie, is an innovator of 5-string banjo much loved for his “mantra-groove spooky-banjo style” Rosie is a ferocious fiddler who’s work spans many musical styles.

Richie earned himself a name with genre-bending band the Horse Flies and collaborations with Natalie Merchant and Donna the Buffalo. Having performed internationally with legends like Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, David Byrne, Billy Bragg & Wilco, and Joan Baez, his career spans decades. But when their paths crossed in the Ithaca old-time scene during Rosie’s freshman year, Richie & Rosie began touring together as members of the Evil City String Band, and were eventually drawn to pursue this more intimate duo project. Their music finds itself at a junction of Americana, old-time, and folk, bringing a new sound to traditional music with their signature trance-like, boundary pushing instrumental arrangements and angelic harmonies.

Tour Dates


30 Te Pahu – House Concert

31 Palmerston North – The Globe


1 Wellington – Bluegrass Society

2 Whanganui – Frank Bar

5 Rawhiti – House Concert

7 Tauranga – The Incubator

8 Kauaeranga – Kauaeranga Hall

9 Auckland – Cafe One2One


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