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Coming to Kauaeranga Hall for the very first time are bluegrass band The Pipi Pickers.
Often simply referred to as The Pipis, they play a blend of contemporary and traditional hard driving bluegrass with solid instrumental chops, and an engaging performance style that puts a smile on everyone’s face and infuses even the most dreadful of murder ballads with a sense of joy and energy.
The Pipis bring a love of the genre and a desire to share that love with as many people as possible. Nat Torkington is New Zealand’s best 5-string Scruggs-style banjo player, and is ably supported by Barry Torkington on guitar, Garry Bigwood on mandolin, and Jenine Abarbanel on double bass and vocals.
The Pipis have become favourites at New Zealand and Australian music festivals through their vibrant performances, open and inclusive jam sessions, and slow jam workshops.
2018 has seen the release of their second album, "With A Spade" which is getting very positive reception in the bluegrass communities both here and in Australia. The album is highly varied in terms of feel and subject matter, with remarkably few references to trains, whisky or murder, a noticeable departure from their debut album "As Is, Where Is" released in 2013.
WHAT: The Pipi Pickers
WHEN: Saturday 26 May @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames
Door sales $22
Pre-book $20 at 021912993 or Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com
or Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames.
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