The Dargaville Museum proudly presents
Christmas Joy
the 17th Afternoon of Music
with Kevin Friedrich & Friends

Dargaville Museum, 4 December 2022, New Zealand
Accordion Gems by Kevin Friedrich, ...A Master Collection of Accordions through Time...

The Lighthouse Function Center in Dargaville, New Zealand was filled to capacity for the 17th Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends, a Variety Show featuring accordionists and entertainers from different parts of New Zealand.

Accordionist Kevin Friedrich hosted his popular fundraising concert called ‘Christmas Joy’, on 4 December 2022 at 1:00 PM. Presented by The Dargaville Museum - Te Whare Taonga o Tunatahi, the 17th Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends featured a variety of traditional and lighter themed Holiday music.

Guest artists included the North Shore Accordion Orchestra, Anna Collins, Paul Jonson, Lionel Reekie, Jone Yelcich, Take 6, Linda Emmett Litt, Thomas Koloi, Rivertown Singers, Roslyn Gilmour, Alanah Jones, Maurice Jones, Kaipara Ensemble, Sonja Whitehouse, Ian Bartlett and Jean Reid.

The popular annual Holiday Shows Concerts, which have been added to the annual regular season concerts, are a wonderful Variety Show for all ages, bringing the community and guests together for an afternoon of music and friendship. All proceeds are donated to the Dargaville Museum in support of their efforts to showcase the history of the community for future generations to enjoy.

The Dargaville Museum hosts the only public accordion exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere “Accordion Gems, A Master Collection of Accordions Through Time”. Established and curated by Kevin Friedrich, the 140 instruments on display showcase the fascinating evolution of the instrument over its nearly 200 years.

Concert photos by Harley Jones and Paul Randal.

The Lighthouse Function Centre was once again filled to Capacity for the 17th Afternoon of Music with Kevin Friedrich and Friends
North Shore Accordion Orchestra (NSAO) - Christine Johnstoner
Kevin Friedrich, Christine Johnstone, Alanah Jones, Harley Jones, Maurice Jones,
Amber Masefield, Grayson Masefield, Heather Masefield, Andre Samotoi & Annalise Verrall
- God Save the King

New Zealand is unique for having two National Anthems of equal standing - God Defend New Zealand and God Save The King. While Canada has a National Anthem and a Royal Anthem, the only other country to have two officially recognized National Anthems of equal standing like New Zealand, is Denmark. Both Anthems are always sung at this concert series.

Grayson Masefield (CIA Vice Chair of the Music Committee and World Champion), Kevin Friedrich (CIA Ambassador) a
nd Harley Jones (CIA Public Relations Manager) as members of the North Shore Accordion Orchestra
North Shore Accordion Orchestra (NSAO) - Christine Johnstoner
Kevin Friedrich, Christine Johnstone, Alanah Jones, Harley Jones, Maurice Jones,
Amber Masefield, Grayson Masefield, Heather Masefield, Andre Samotoi & Annalise Verrall
- God Save the King
- Jingle Bell Rock by Joseph Beal & James Boothe
- Glen Miller Medley, arr. Gary Daverne

Anna Collins (Vocals) with Thomas Koloi (Piano)
- The Lord is My Shepherd, Psalm 23 and Howard Goodall
- Do-Re-Mi from the Sound of Music by R. Rodgers & O. Hammerstein

Kevin Friedrich (Accordion)
- Mister Santa by P. Ballard and   Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer by R.  Brooks
          with Linda Emmett Litt (Percussion)

- Carol of the Bells by M. Leontovych (Ukraine) with Lionel Reekie (accordion)

Roslyn Gilmour and Jone Yelcich (Vocalists)
- The Prayer by D. Foster, C. Sager, A. Testa & T. Renis

Take 6 and Rivertown Singers
Rivertown Singers: Allan Mortensen, John Bennett, Ian Stoddart, Ming Ming Edgar, Ray Sofio,
Geoffrey Prentice, Take 6: Hilary Herd, Pat Mortensen, Anneke van der Putte, Lynley Clements, Mariann Warne and Rachel Kidd
- Run, Run to Bethlehem by Jay Althouse
- I’ll be home for Christmas by Walter Kent & Kim Gannon


Thomas Koloi (Piano and Vocals)
- White Christmas by Irving Berlin
- This is Christmas by Thomas Koloi

Paul Jonson (Ukulele)
- Ukulele Blues by Paul Jonson
- Sister Kate by Armand J. Piron


Kevin Friedrich (Accordion)
- Te Harinui by Willow Macky
The Christmas Waltz by S. Cahn & J, Styne
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Eddie Pola & George Wyle


Lionel Reekie (Accordion and Vocals)
- Silver Bells Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Lionel Reekie, Take 6 and Rivertown Singers
- O Holy Night by Adolphe Adam
          with Kevin Friedrich (Accordion)


Part II

Alanah Jones (Vocalist) & Maurice Jones (Accordion)
- Bereite dich Zion from the ‘Christmas Oratorio’ by J. S. Bach
- Amazing Grace, trad, John Newton


Kaipara Ensemble, Sonja Whitehouse - Conductor
Andrew Ambler, Susannah Ambler, Jacob Dacres, Callum Liggett, Zak Liggett,
Douglas Lowe, Flint Mitchell, Liberty Mitchell, Bella Whitehouse & Joshua Whitehouse
- Brudenel Waltz by D. R. Bellwood
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Trad.
- Tango-Cha Cha, arr. by D. R. Bellwood
- In the Hall of the Mountain King by E. Grieg  


Jone Yelcich (Vocalist) with Kevin Friedrich (Accordion)
- Mother Machree by Ernest Ball

Ros Gilmour, Linda Emmett Litt and Kevin Friedrich
- Barbecue from Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas by P. Williams
- Cajun Xmas by Monty & Marsha Brown
Celtic Ferret (Jean Reid and Ian Bartlett)
- Mary and the Soldier by Paul Brady
- Seasonal Medley, Trad.


Kevin Friedrich (Accordion)
- Mele Kalikimaka by R. Anderson and Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling by P. Smith
with Linda Emmett Litt (Percussion)

Each year, to bring a lighthearted item to the Concerts, duo team Kevin Friedrich and Lionel Reekie perform a skit. This year's entertainment centered around a comical rendition of All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth. Much to the delight of the auience, Lionel costumed as a baby expressing his wishes for two front teeth from Santa.

Lionel and Kevin
left: Lionel attempting a task that was only possible with two front teeth, a 'whistle'
rigth: Much to the hilarity of the audience, in the absence of him getting two front teeth, a set of false teeth were offered by
an audience member as part of the skit.
left: as part of the skit, Concert organizer Margaret Tier reprimanded Lionel for
causing a scene at her concert, to which (right) Lionel reacted accordingly.
- All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by D. Gardner
after an item of comic relief and lots of laughs and fun, Lionel Reekie and Kevin Friedrich share a light hearted moment.
Sonja Whitehouse (Vocalist)
- The Holy City by Stephen Adams
Greetings from Ross Newlove, President - Dargaville Museum
Kevin Friedrich, Linda Emmett Litt with Take 6 and the Rivertown Singers
Santa (Lionel Reekie) hitching a ride on Rudolph while playing the accordion!
Cast members leading Feliz Navidad

Kevin Friedrich (Accordion)
- A Christmas Medley Overture, arr. F Klickmann & K. Friedrich
Introducing: Silent Night, Joy to the World, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear,
Jingle Bells, The First Noël and O Come All Ye Faithful!
- Silent Night by Franz Gruber & Joseph Mohr
- Here Comes Santa Claus by Oakley Haldeman
- Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano with all performers and audience

New Zealand Traditions

- God Defend New Zealand by John Joseph Woods & Thomas Bracken
- Now is the Hour by Clement Scott
- Auld Lang Syne, Trad. Scottish


Kevin Friedrich and Lionel Reekie at the conclusion of the Concert

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