Across the Great Divide


In September 2022 – as New Zealanders were sampling a newly restored freedom to gather, following a spate of Covid 19 lockdowns – folk fusion trio Across the Great Divide travelled over 4000 km in Aotearoa, performing 23 concerts in 27 days.

Composer and band co-founder Tony Burt was joined by band members Karen Jones (co-founder and Burt’s partner in life and music) and Hanna Wiskari Griffiths. The tour was supported by Arts on Tour, which has brought artists and musicians to small communities and towns since 1995.

Across the Great Divide - Beyond Shadow album cover (2020)
Auld Lang Syne by Across The Great Divide (2021)
Across the Great Divide in 2018 (L-R): Tony Burt, Karen Jones, Hanna Wiskari Griffiths
Photo credit: Bob Zuur
Karen Jones - Celtic Harp (2015)
Across the Great Divide with Hanna Wiskari-Griffiths. Excerpts of live performances from 2018.
Across the Great Divide - Uncommon Ground album cover (2018)
Across the Great Divide with accordian player Jonathan Burkahn performing Vyssa Lulla in 2021
The Snapper Sandwich documentary trailer (2013)
Karen Jones from Across the Great Divide in 2018.
Photo credit: Bob Zuur
Karen Jones from Across the Great Divide in 2015.
Across the Great Divide in 2018: Tony Burt, Karen Jones, Hanna Wiskari Griffiths
Photo credit: Bob Zuur
Karen Jones from Across the Great Divide in 2018.
Across the Great Divide - Both Sides of the Tweed (2021)
Across the Great Divide in 2022 (from left): Tony Burt, Karen Jones, Hanna Wiskari Griffiths
Across the Great Divide - The Sleeping Tune (2021)
Excerpts of Tony Burt and Karen Jones playing at the Bunker in Devonport, Auckland (2016)
Highlights from Across the Great Divide's September 2022 tour
Across the Great Divide, 2018: Tony Burt, Karen Jones, Hanna Wiskari Griffiths
Across the Great Divide in 2021: Tony Burt, Hanna Wiskari Griffiths, Karen Jones
Across the Great Divide - Arts on Tour, September 2022 (L-R) Tony Burt, Karen Jones, Hanna Wiskari Griffiths.
Photo credit: Across the Great Divide Facebook
Tony Burt playing White Cliffs of Dover on his resonator at Urenui Beach (2013)
Karen Jones and Tony Burt from Across the Great Divide in 2016.
Tony Burt from Across the Great Divide in 2018.
Karen Jones and Tony Burt from Across the Great Divide on Valentine's Day in 2021.
Across the Great Divide - Arts on Tour, Lake Tekapo, September 2022 (L-R): Tony Burt, Hanna Wiskari Griffiths, and Karen Jones.
Photo credit: Across the Great Divide Facebook
Karen Jones performing at a private event in 2015.
Across the Great Divide on the Interislander, September 2022 (L-R): Hanna Wiskari Griffiths, Karen Jones, Tony Burt
Karen Jones and Tony Burt from Across the Great Divide in 2018.
Photo credit: Mary Livingston
Lockdown Lullaby by Across The Great Divide (2021)
Across the Great Divide in 2022. From left: Hanna Wiskari Griffiths, Tony Burt, Karen Jones
Photo credit: Mary Livingston
Across the Great Divide rehearsing for the final concert of Hamsterfest, 2021. From left: Tony Burt, Karen Jones, Hanna Wiskari Griffiths.
Karen Jones and Luke Lovegrove perform Both Sides of the Tweed at Waharau Music Festival (2013)
Members:

Tony Burt - Dobro guitar

Karen Jones - harp, acoustic guitar

Hanna Wiskari Griffiths - soprano saxophone

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