“The best newgrass band in New Zealand … They always have an interesting and high quality show – doing songs no one else in the bluegrass world does. Never get bored at a Pipi Pickers show.” –
Mike Kear, Music from Foggy Hollow Continue reading The Pipi Pickers (New Zealand)
Tui Award winning Wires & Wood is a four piece band inspired by the sounds of traditional and modern bluegrass music. This versatile band plays a hard driving punchy style of bluegrass right through to heart melting slow waltzes. As well as striving for instrumental excellence the songs are infused with multipart harmony singing.
Banjo picker extraordinaire Bryan Christianson will be one of the few musicians at Kiwigrass was at the original 1970 Banjo Picker’s Convention at Claudelands, Hamilton and that’s where he says he fell in love with the 5-string banjo. Continue reading Wires & Wood (New Zealand)
Hot Diggity is the only all female bluegrass band in New Zealand. They play original songs by Heather Carrigan (mandolin, guitar and vocals) and Deborah Mackenzie (guitar and vocals) along with plenty of bluegrass favourites. Backed up by Jenine Abarbanel (bass and vocals), Sue Drake (banjo and vocals) and Krissy Jackson (fiddle and vocals), they put out a powerful, lively sound with hot instrumentation and tight harmonies. Continue reading Hot Diggity Bluegrass Band (New Zealand)
RhodeWorks are an award-winning bluegrass folk band who play fast paced, high energy folk music, presenting a set of traditional and well-loved bluegrass alongside their original material. Rounding the package, the three brothers present soulful vocal harmonies and fiery instrumentals. Continue reading Rhodeworks (New Zealand)
Based in Sydney, Australia, the Joy Givers are a newgrass band of experienced musicians who like working on vocal harmonies while sampling vintage craft cheeses. Inspired by Aubrey Haynie, Uncle Earl, The Jaywalkers, The Stanley Brothers, The Straybirds, The Johnson Mountain Boys, and Kenny Baker Continue reading Dr. Coocachoo’s Joy Givers (Australia)
Jean-Luc Leroux is a guitar and mandolin picker from residing in New Caledonia, a small French Pacific Island, lost 20 000 km from the French metropolis, 1800 km east of Australia. He started playing music at the age of 14. Jean-Luc hosts a weekly country music radio show called “Route 66.” Continue reading Jean-Luc Leroux (New Caledonia)