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Randall had started a couple of volunteer concert music series over the years, one in Leavenworth, Washington and years later in Sunapee, New Hampshire. The concept turned out to be quite popular and are still going active, with the basic formula of:

A) Listening room for musicians to be heard, This attracts great musos. Conversations happen during between set breaks where the community can catch up.

B) Pass the hat for the musos or cause, and a portion usually goes to the venue rental

C) Volunteers who help host, set-up and even provide and serve
D) Open mic  A portion of the event, or a dedicated event is for open-mic to foster new talent in a supportive and listening room environment. 


"I started The Community Coffeehouse, because I wanted a safe and supportive environment to perform my songs. I had been a back-up, and background pianist, but wanted to expand to guitar and singing. A venue to build community is also important, especially in these times."

Side Note

I recently happened to stumble upon this interesting definition of the term Coffeehouse, but never realised its origin when I created earlier coffeehouses in the states. Interesting how things turn out:
"GI Coffeehouses were a consequential part of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War era, particularly the resistance to the war within the U.S. military. They were mainly organized by civilian anti-war activists as a method of supporting antiwar and anti-military sentiment...Read more here 

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Our sound test for the Inaugural Community Coffeehouse, Randall singing a new creation "Voices" and VFF co-coordinator Olivia on Flute: Hear it here
Image/Video Credit: Garrick Cameron

Join Us

Inaugural Community Coffeehouse Sunday 7th Nov. 10:30, (weather pending) at Camphill Coffee hosted by the wonderful Leanne Harling at 546 Camphill Road, Hawea Flat, 10 min from Wanaka, Hot drinks and goodies for sale but you can bring your own as well. 
Songs to inspire and warm the heart with local musos, Sure to be a good time. 

Pop-up Coffeehouses

Takin to the streets:

The plan is to take the Community Coffeehouse on the road. Why not visit other VFF community groups on the South Island? To be clear this is not (yet) sanctioned by Voices for Freedom. Although Randall is a co-facilitator with a few others, helping our local facilitator Olivia here in Wanaka, he is doing this on his own, hopefully with the help of local volunteers. 

If you would like the Community Coffeehouse to come to your local VFF or similar group, get in touch, or I'll contact you soon. And have some musos ready to share their inspiration!

Music in Wanaka's VFF Group

Listen to the Music:

The silver lining of all this mess is the connections we're all making here in Wanaka. It turns out three of the co-coordinators, Olivia, Gerry and Randall, including one of our members, Phil, all are talented musicians. We set up after the pop-up demo on Saturday and ran through a few songs for the small group that stayed for nibbles and a chat.  We had a ball. We're still thinking of a name!