Hard-working band’s Arrowtown slot

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Members of Lyttelton string band The Eastern are no strangers to hard work – and it’s finally paying off.

The hugely-popular group, which plays in Arrowtown for the first time on Friday night, play close to 200 nights a year around New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

The four-to-five piece band’s passion for music and dedication to touring has led them to play with big music names like Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jimmy Barnes and Fleetwood Mac.