“As Is, Where Is”
On the horizon for the Pipi Pickers:
- 12 October 2013 Matakana Farmers Market. Back in our local, mingling with our peeps. See the “Upcoming Shows” page for more info!
- 22-24 November 2013 MountainGrass – Australia’s National Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Festival. Harrietville, Victoria. Plenty of accommodation in town, but it will fill up. Book now!
From the seaside village of Leigh in New Zealand, the four piece bluegrass band The Pipi Pickers have been laying down their energetic, contemporary, “full-bodied” style of bluegrass to audiences since 2007. They have played the main stage at the Auckland Folk Festival, Wellington Folk Festival, Warkworth Kowhai Festival, Harrietville Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Convention and the Great Alpine Pick, both in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia, and the Redlands Bluegrass Festival in Queensland, Australia. They’re a regular feature at the Bunker in Devonport, playing for both the Folk and Bluegrass clubs. Residents and visitors to the Matakana Coast region will likely have run into them playing the Leigh Sawmill, Matakana Farmer’s Market, and other local events. Often praised as the “second best free band in Leigh,” they’re a favourite at such local fundraisers as the Leigh Fishing Competition and the Whangateau Hall annual country faire.
The Pipi Pickers are Barry Torkington on guitar, Garry Bigwood on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Nat Torkington on 5 string banjo, and Jenine Abarbanel on double bass and vocals. Jenine’s strong leading vocals have been compared to Natalie Merchant and Gillian Welch. Nat Torkington is considered one of the best Scruggs-style 5-string banjo pickers in New Zealand, and his licks will blow your mind. Barry and Garry lay down a solid wall of luscious rhythm guitar as well as each picking mind-bending solos. In 2010, Garry picked up the mandolin adding another delicious layer of sound to the ensemble.