Narrows Park, Hamilton, 1-3 February 2019
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.
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.
Kiwigrass is the New Zealand Bluegrass Festival.
Kiwigrass is being organised by a keen group of bluegrass lovers in New Zealand. Their goal is to raise the profile of bluegrass in New Zealand, promote New Zealand based bluegrass musicians to the world, and bring the joy of the American bluegrass festival experience to New Zealand.
We love the idea and many of our members will be heading down there to take in the line up of great overseas acts, and may even camp a few days earlier to attend master classes if they eventuate.
Dates: 1-3 February 2019. Kick off Friday evening, wrap up late Sunday afternoon.
Venue: Narrows Park. Hamilton, New Zealand.
Narrows Park is a great venue with good camping and bunk facilities, with lots of space and rooms for jamming an performances.
There are 120 cabin beds, 24 powered camping sites, and acres of unpowered camping available.
All four sing, three write original material, and they are all masters of their instruments. They’re great festival guests – the life of the party at any jam session, a delight to watch on stage, and generally excellent to have around.
We’re talking about Nine Mile Creek the Melbourne bluegrass band, who are another international headline act coming for Kiwigrass 2019.
Formed up in 2013, Nine Mile Creek play traditional and original bluegrass. Not only are they talented musicians and performers, but they are also strong contributors to the bluegrass scene in Victoria, having had roles in organising multiple bluegrass festivals and bluegrass clubs. Kiwigrass is very excited to be hosting them on their first ever visit to New Zealand.
Australian bluegrass royalty Bluegrass Parkway are set to appear at Kiwigrass 2019, putting the event on to the international calendar. This is no hereditary title, it is a hard earned-accolade given after 30 years hard work, making them the longest continuously performing bluegrass band in Australia.
This is a band that plays classic bluegrass with an authenticity and skill that makes Bill Munro smile in his grave.
Like the classic bluegrass band they dress proper, and play around a single on-stage microphone, as was the norm for the pioneers of the genre during the 1940s.
They are frequent presenters of harmony workshops, as their skill in this area is beyond compare, and each band member is a skilled harmony singer and teacher. The Band features Paul Duff on mandolin, Maria Duff on bass, Wayne Perry on guitar, Mick O’Neill on banjo and Donal Baylor on fiddle.