Smoke and Ashes to open Kiwigrass

Expect a party atmosphere on the Friday evening opening of Kiwigrass as headline guests The Lonely Heartstring Band release their new album, Smoke and Ashes.

If you saw them play last year, you might still have their mind-blowing debut album Deep Water on infinite repeat.   Still seeing them premier a whole new album will be very very special.

The band says they are very excited to get this music out into the world as they believe it captures the fresh sound that they’ve been working into their performances for the past couple years.

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Another reason to go to Kiwigrass: Custom van der Gaag mandolin

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Mandolin in progress, just about to start working on the neck.

In a major coup Kiwigrass have scored a custom Kiwigrass van der Gaag mandolin, made from all New Zealand native timbers. Johan is hard at work right now creating this unique masterpiece and it looks beautiful as it emerges from raw wood.

This will be going into a fundraising raffle to help get Kiwigrass a step closer to the goal of a sustainable, ongoing festival for all of bluegrass-loving New Zealand.

Second prize will be a Trenwith practice banjo, or quiet banjo. Made of all timber, this little banjo allows you to practice your mad bluegrass licks without driving your neighbours, partner, kids, or flatmates crazy. A must-have for all keen banjo players!

You’ll be able to buy raffle tickets online prior to the festival, or at the festival itself.

Crooked Road to appear at Kiwigrass

Together and as members of various other bands, the members of Crooked Road have made 13 albums, many TV and radio shows and several national and international tours. Bluegrass, folk, country, gospel-their influences all come out in harmony-driven originals and pieces by favourite musicians.

Formerly known as Old South Bluegrass, Crooked Road are Phill Parker (Guitar) Andrew Hook (Mandolin), Leonard Cohen (Dobro) and David Taylor (Bass).

Phill sings in the folk, country and bluegrass traditions, playing with The Bill Chambers Band, Country Comfort, Shut Up and Deal, Highly Strung and The Bridgland Brothers. His song “To Keep You Near” won the 2018 SCALA lyrics award out of 200 entries world-wide.
Andrew immersed himself in the bluegrass genre playing professionally with The Rank Strangers, Paul Wookey, The Buckshot Boogie Band, Dingo Ridge and Grass Roots.
New Zealand born-and-raised Leonard was a member of the original Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and then played professionally with The Skillet Lickers.
Dave grew up on a diet of Beatles, Stones, Pacemakers, 60s pop, Daddy Cool, Chain, and Axiom. He played in community choirs ukulele group Savior Plunk, and now plays country/folk, bluegrass and retro pop.