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Harvest Moon

Sounds like Magic

About the Band

Harvest Moon is a six-person Wellington-based band that comprises multi-talented and well-known musicians who have been playing together for the past four years.

Their signature style is synonymous with a diverse collection of American music broadly within the country genre.  Featuring covers from such great songwriters and artists as Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Neil Young, Beatles, Marshall Tucker and Mandolin Orange.

Their music is timeless and features a dazzling array of country genre instruments including, pedal steel, mandolin, guitars, banjo, accordion, dobro to name a few. Harvest Moon is on the rise!  

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The Players

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Rob Reid

Lead Vocalist - Guitar - Ukulele - Harmonica

As the band’s front-man, lead vocalist Rob Reid provides a powerful and smooth singing style combined with a nice crowd-friendly interaction. On the instrumental side he also supports the band’s sound with acoustic guitar, harmonica, and occasional ukulele. Rob is also one of the vocalists for another popular Wellington covers band, Short Term Memory.

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Garrett Evans

Pedal Steel - Dobro - Guitars - Vocals

Garrett Evans is a multi-instrumentalist and music aficionado whose roots go back many years on the Wellington music scene. He was an original founder of the Harvest Moon band and provides the signature unique pedal steel sound that is so often heard in American country music He also plays dobro and acoustic guitars and provides backing vocals. He has strong links to and supports country and bluegrass music across the region.  He founded the popular Dixie Lix bluegrass band that played many venues in the 1990s. He also played dobro with the Jim Perkins bluegrass band.

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Dave Allen

Lead Guitars - Banjo -  Vocals

Dave Allen is Harvest Moon’s lead guitarist and banjo player. Like others in the band, Dave has been on the Wellington music scene for many years having performed in several well-known pub and café bands. He plays several styles. Currently he is a member of Salty Hearts, and the hugely popular Hogsnort Bulldogs Goodtime Show. In Harvest Moon, he adds to his guitar skills with lead vocals for a number of songs performed by the band. Dave’s guitar artistry combines great feel with spectacular technical skill to deliver solos and riffs that speak to the soul.

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Wayne Mills

Keys - Accordion - Bass - Vocals

Wayne Mills was also an original member of Harvest Moon, helping to carve out the Americana / country music genre that is central to the band’s style. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, fretless bass and accordion in the band. He also provides backing vocals to support the band’s focus on smooth harmonies. Wayne's been around the music scene for several decades too, and has most recently played with bands including Dixie Lix, Jim Perkins Bluegrass Band, and Hogsnort Bulldogs Goodtime Band.

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George Packard

Upright bass - Mandolin

George Packard, has a jazz background and is hugely well-known in the Wellington region, having played bass with a wide variety of bands and orchestras both locally and nationally over the years. He’s also a gifted music educator, having tutored at Whitireia School of Music in the 2000’s alongside other great Wellington musical stalwarts. Mandolin playing is a more recent pursuit evolving with the Jim Perkins bluegrass band. George’s archtop mandolin provides great rhythm and solos for the band’s repertoire.

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Robert Antonio

Percussion - Vocals

An Americana country band wouldn't be complete without its drummer.  Robert Antonio, is another well-known personality in the close-knit Wellington musical scene. With an early background in jazz drumming, Robert is frequently called upon to provide percussion to a range of musical acts and backing bands locally and nationally. He’s also the drummer for Short Term Memory in which both Garrett and Rob play. Along with smooth backing vocals, Robert provides Harvest Moon’s essential pulse combining his tasteful touch with dynamic rhythm..