Cel­e­brate a year of mu­sic sounds

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The Katikati Folk Club cel­e­brates an­other year of good mu­sic and good com­pany, with many new mem­bers ar­riv­ing.

Ev­ery­one en­joyed the wide range of mu­si­cal styles, the high cal­i­bre sounds from vis­it­ing mu­si­cians and the friendly at­mos­phere at the Katikati Bowl­ing Club.

The club’s Christ­mas show on De­cem­ber 7 fea­tures The Pipi Pick­ers, pur­vey­ors of ‘banjo-li­cious’ blue­grass mu­sic, play­ing a blend of con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional hard-driv­ing blue­grass mu­sic. The solid in­stru­men­tal tal­ents and an en­gag­ing per­for­mance style puts a smile on ev­ery­one’s faces.

The Pipis have be­come favourites at New Zealand and Aus­tralian mu­sic fes­ti­vals through their vi­brant per­for­mances, open jam ses­sions and slow jam work­shops.

The band com­prises Barry Tork­ing­ton, Nat Tork­ing­ton, Garry Big­wood and Je­nine Abar­banel. Barry first heard blue­grass as a young lad when Ra­dio NZ would play their one Flatt and Scruggs record ev­ery day just as he was milk­ing the cows. Real­is­ing this was the mu­sic for him, he bought a five-string banjo and taught him­self to play it. He has since been forced to switch to gui­tar. Barry’s son Nat picked up — or, in Barry’s words, stole — the banjo at age 17, forc­ing Barry to switch to the gui­tar.

Nat has stud­ied with Pete Wer­nick and jammed with Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka and Tim O’Brien, and is widely con­sid­ered to be the best five-string Earl Scruggs-style banjo player liv­ing on Ti Point to­day.

“There are few greater joys than lis­ten­ing to Nat tear up Foggy Moun­tain Break­down seven ways to Sun­day.”

Garry comes from a blues tra­di­tion, formerly play­ing with the Leigh Buoys.

He thrashes his Duff man­dolin like he means it and brings a true bluesy groove to the Pipi Picker sound.

Although he switched from gui­tar to man­dolin as re­cently as 2010, Garry has be­come one of the pre­mier man­dolin blue­grass jam­mers in New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

Je­nine came to mu­sic late, learn­ing to play the stand-up bass in 2006 so the guys would let her hang out with them dur­ing jam nights.

A singer since child­hood, Je­nine’s vo­cals are most of­ten com­pared to Natalie Mer­chant and Gil­lian Welch.

Come along to the Folk Club’s Christ­mas show at the Katikati Bowl­ing Club on De­cem­ber

7 for a good time. Tick­ets at the door, adults

$20, mem­bers $15, school-aged free. Doors open at 7pm and the con­cert starts at 7.30. Bar avail­able with tea, cof­fee, bis­cuits and Christ­mas treats at a spe­cial sup­per.

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