Barebones Acoustic Folk Club 5 August 2018 3pm

Triple layer vocals, vigorously wielded stringy thingies, and some plausible anecdotal evidence will be on trial Sunday, as the Skiffy Rivets unravel musical tales brazenly stolen from bluegrass, folk, old timey, and swing.

Tuneful stories will be put before you: sometimes amusing and sometimes serious, happy and sad, tales of trains, radios, chains, white horses, elbow room, altitude, flowers, paint brushes, daughters, lovers, bosses, memories, thunderstorms, neon signs, too much gravy, too much coffee, dreams of wide open spaces and hearts we never won.

The band is worth seeing, with Holly Carrington, Sue Tearne and Pete Parnham on vocals, and Pete and Steve Gerrish animating the stringy thingies. All sung, plucked and strummed purely for your listening pleasure while sipping – so we’ve heard –  a truthful and very reasonably priced ale.
Barebones Acoustic Folk Club
Auckland Irish Society

Rocky Nook Ave, Fowlds Park Mount Albert, Auckland 1022

Sunday 5 August 2018 3pm.

Rafters Folk Club Friday 16 Feb 2018 8 pm

We’re in for a real treat. Here’s the recipe: take a measure of Americana, Texas swing, folk and bluegrass, and mix with rich harmonies for forty minutes on the Rafters stage to produce satisfying, authentic and entertaining music. What better way to start the weekend than with a meal of live music!


The first half of the evening brings musicians old and new to warm us up before supper and our main guests. We welcome new performers. See Graham at the door if you want to perform, but you will need to be there before the 8pm start.

The Unitarian Church 1a Ponsonby Road
every 3rd Friday of the month at 8 pm.


East Coast Bays Folk Club Friday 1 December 2017

Always a pleasure to play at this great folk club. This will be the last night before Christmas so bound to a bit of extra fan fare and we promise to learn a Christmas song or two for the occasion.

Venue:           Torbay Senior Citizens’ Social Centre (behind main Torbay shops at 37 Watea Road)
When:            8pm, first Friday of each month (except January)
Format:         Casual performers in the 1st half with a featured guest in the 2nd half.
Web:              East Coast Bays Folk Club

Cafe One2One Ponsonby Saturday 25 November 2017

We always have fun at cafe One2one and although Pete is usually seen playing bass, when Holly and Sue came over recently, suddenly we had enough of Pete & the Skiffy Rivets band to let fly with a few songs. After a couple of songs at full  throttle harmony, there was loud calls for more, so naturally we obliged.  That’s why we look at bit weird in this Facebook post – we are providing some vigorous visual cues for audience participation.

It was such fun we were invited back to play a set at guest for Mark Laurent.

Mark Laurent and friends
Cafe One2one, 121 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011
Saturday 25 November 2017 7pm
Koha jar


Whangateau Hall Monday 27 August 2018 8 pm

We’re excited to bring our music to the Whangateau Hall up near Leigh.

When you’ve got a beautiful wooden 110+ year old hall near Leigh with amazing acoustics what can you do but  invite talented musicians to come play there? So asks the Whangateau Hall Folk Music and Social Club.

These guys know how to run a folk club:

There is no committee. There is no plan.

* Acoustic musicians only, please. No drum kits or keyboards. And definitely no laptops. We will have microphones and a rudimentary PA, but no amplifiers. If it can conceivably be played at a campground, it’s probably OK.

Yes this is our kind of place!

Original art work Scott Bowers

Kauaeranga Hall 20 May 2017

Soon we’ll be joining the illustrious list of artists who have played at the historic Kauaeranga Hall, a short drive from Thames up the Kauaeranga Valley road into the Coromandel Forest Park.

Waikato times story about the gig.

There is a vigorous music scene based around gigs at this wonderful venue.

Facebook -Kauaeranga Gigs
Facebook – Kauaeranga Valley Community Hall


Shed concert 19 May 2017 Tauranga 8pm

We’ll be on a few pallets and you’ll be on old sofa, cushions or leaning against the old tractor at this charming avocado orchard shed concert near the Wairoa river in between Te Puna and Bethlehem.  What a great atmosphere!

CD Launch Thirsty Dog Saturday 13 May 2017

Don’t miss our Elbow Room official CD launch party at the Thirsty Dog Tavern.

Come to this event and one day you’ll be able to regale your grand kids. “Did I ever tell you about the night of the Elbow Room CD Launch?”

Let them be the ones to sigh. “Yes poppa and nana,” they’ll say, “you’ve told us that one before.”

And under their breath they’ll whisper, “You told us that story hundreds of times, how you sang along, danced on tables, and actually met the band.”

Don’t be a chump. Get along to a great evening at The Thirsty Dog pub which is just the right size and atmosphere for an evening’s Americana, swing, bluegrass, country, and whatever other acoustic music we get into for fun.

Call ahead to book a group table, or get there early for a seat.

Launch special: double admission and CD for just $30.
Usual price: tickets $10 each + $20 for a CD.
Saturday 13 May 2017 8 pm
Thirsty Dog Tavern, Corner Howe St, 469 Karangahape Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1010, New Zealand. Get directions.

(If you have one of our special advance CD copies bring it with you and get double entry for just $10)

Back Porch Bluegrass Sunday 26 Feb 2017


We’ll be heading to Hamilton, the home of bluegrass in New Zealand in February. The Backporch Bluegrass club is run by Paul Trenwith, master banjo player and host of a popular radio show and podcast also called Backporch Bluegrass.

The club always gets a a good crowd, and meets at Silverdale Normal School Common Room on the forth Sunday of the month.

Silverdale Normal School Common Room
62 Silverdale Rd, Silverdale, Hamilton 3216

Sunday 26 February 2017
2:30 pm – 5 pm, floor spots first half
Entry $5 – includes coffee, tea, bikkies and great music.

Bluegrass Concert 29 January 2017

The Auckland Folk Festival bluegrass concert is an annual tradition, and this year we were part of it, performing some of our more bluegrassey tunes.

Since Jayne and Steve weren’t at the Auckland Folk Festival we got Jenine Arbarbanel to help with her some solid bass lines, and Nat Torkington to lends us some of his extraordinary a banjo skill for the set. The result was some great bluegrass and was a lot of fun!

Corelli's Cafe, Devonport Tuesday 14th Feb 2017

Corelli’s has become more than just a popular café over the last few years it has become a favourite haunt for live music and entertainment in Devonport. Now we are going to join the long list of great musicians who have entertained the crowd over some great food and a welcoming atmosphere. But a word of warning, you’ll need to book if you want to be sure of a table.

Corellis Cafe, 46 Victoria Rd Devonport, Auckland
ph 09 445 4151
No cover charge

Thirsty Dog folk Club 16 October 2016


Cookin’ at the Thirsty Dog
Special guest Jayne Burt on bass

* Americana – generous dob
* Folk – spoonful
* Swing – generous handful
* Bluegrass – according to taste
* Country – for garnish
* Blues – for garnish

Take the Americana and remove any misogynist lumps. If contaminated by dirge, discard the whole piece and get a fresh one. Add to the pot and warm, stirring all the while.

Pick the folk carefully, removing any fiddle pegs made from the fingers bones of drowned women, as they will give a somewhat bitter taste to the dish.

Add a liberal dose of swing.

Take the bluegrass and slice thinly. Add too much and the whole set will taste of bluegrass, not enough and it may seem to lack spark.

To garnish the set take any spare country or blues you have lying around and sprinkle lightly to taste. Don’t overdo it or the dish will taste bland.

Stir and mix until you get the right balance and consistency, and serve in a relaxed casual atmosphere to bring out the best in the dish.

Date: Sunday 16 October 2016
Time: 3 pm
Admission: $10
Floor singers first half
Venue: Thirsty Dog, corner K’ road and Home Street, Auckland.

Private Function 28 May 2016

Sorry you can’ t be there…

Darn it

There’s is a bit of travelling going on in June and July so the band is taking, well, a holiday.  See you in August!

Auckland Bluegrass Club 13 April 2016

It’ll be great to get up to the bunker and perform for our friends at the Auckland Bluegrass & Traditional Old Time Country Music Club. Yes folks we do bluegrass and Traditional Old Time Country music – not the whole repertoire you understand, but enough to keep everybody happy.

When:  Wednesday 13 th April 8 pm

Location: The Bunker On Mt Victoria, off Kerr St, Devonport
You can find us by taking the summit road (off Kerr Street) to the carpark at the top. Walk past the Ports of Auckland Signal Station, down the steps to the grass track with the statue, and you will find the Bunker nestled in the side of the mountain, overlooking Devonport and the harbour.

The Bunker was built in 1891, as a command post to watch for possible Russian invasion!

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