Ladies sing the ‘‘bluegrass’’ with a retro flair
New Zealand’s only female bluegrass band, Hot Diggity has been around since 2014, but its members delight in vamping it up in fashions from earlier eras such as the 40s and 50s.
‘‘Our two band leaders Heather Carrigan and Deborah Mackenzie are very fond of 1950s fashion and styles,’’ lead vocalist and string bass player Jenine Abarbanel said.
The effervescent ensemble, wearing delightfully retro outfits plays the Hokowhitu Bowling Club on Saturday night.
As an exclamation of joy and
‘‘Our two band leaders are very fond of 1950s fashion and styles’’ Jenine Abarbanel
delight ‘‘hot diggity’’ had been around at least since the 1920s.
‘‘We called ourselves that because that’s how we felt when we played together.’’
The female five-piece mixes traditional with original songs written by Carrigan (mandolin, guitar and vocals) and Mackenzie (guitar and vocals).
Abarbanel said her voice had been likened to Natalie Merchant and Gillian Welch.
Banjo plucking Sue Drake had played guitar since childhood, but bought a banjo on impulse six years ago and hadn’t looked back. The band’s fiddle player Krissy Jackson from New Plymouth Abarbanel said is one of the finest fiddle players in New Zealand.
Entry to the 7.30pm Hokowhitu Bowling Club performance is $20.
The Hot Diggity bluegrass band - Sue Drake, Deborah Mackenzie, Heather Carrigan, Jenine Abarbanel, and Krissy Jackson