The Skiffy Rivets express is waiting to transport you across the wide open spaces of Americana, along the way stopping at the small towns called Bluegrass, Old-time, and Western Swing.
Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining, the Skiffy Rivets is a trio that has even caused Kiwi men to join in on choruses.
At the Auckland Bluegrass Club there’ll be floor performers before Pete Parnham, Holly Carrington and Sue Tearne show just what can happen when three people sing together all at once.
This is going to be fun,
The Skiffy Rivets
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wed 9 June 2021 7:30 pm Admission $10 cash.
Cityside, 8 Mt Eden Rd, (corner of Burleigh St), Grafton, Auckland 1023
Floor spots first half
It’s was well before Covid that Skiffy Rivets last played for Barebones, and they are excited about coming back.
When the Skiffy Rivets play, the good-time energy and vitality is infectious and you can’t help but enjoy yourself. The zing comes from the trio of Pete Parnham on guitars and vocals together with vocalists Sue Tearne and Holly Carrington who make up the Skiffy Rivets. They only have three voices and a choice of guitars to work with, but thanks to their versatility and their material, a performance is a delightful journey through Americana, folk, bluegrass, and swing, that leaves you wishing it could be extended.
The band’s CD Elbow Room still provides great songs for the performances, jostling alongside new material for a spot on the set list. This is a harmonised performance that is well worth seeing and hearing.
The Skiffy Rivets
The Barebones Acoustic Folk Club
Sunday 1 August 2021 3pm
Auckland Irish Society, Rocky Nook Avenue, Mount Albert, Auckland 1022
Floor singers first half
But we’re working on new dates to play for you. Watch this space
You can dress it up in marketing metaphors, hyperbole, and poetic licence all you like, but we have consumer laws in New Zealand so here is the most important terms and disclaimer for the Skiffy concert at the Bunker on 16th November 2020. (Read aloud at high speed in chipmunk voice)
The Skiffy Rivets rely primarily on singing to achieve certain artistic and creative effects. These effects will constitute the entire show period. Entry is at your own risk and purely for your entertainment and no other purpose. Side effects may include, but are not limited to: rhythmic shaking of the limb extremities, issuing of involuntary musical sounds from vocal chords and flashbacks that may last for months in some individuals.
There! Now you are set…
The Devonport Folk Club
Monday 16 November 2020
Two-set concert begins at 8pm
The alert among you may have picked up that this event was deferred from 17 August due that sneaky virus.
Bluegrass Society founder Andrew Bicknell QSM says he saw us at last year’s Wellington Folk Festival, but the Wellington Bluegrass Society is a busy intersection of acoustic music and it took a year before he could fit us in.
Still, that’s given us time to learn new material – we’ve cleared the shelves for the new season’s fashion. While hardship songs are still here to remind us of stuff we should never forget, flippant songs about being ripped off/jilted/drunk/saved are as trendy as specially ripped jeans.
Meanwhile classic songs about love gone wrong never go out of style, while the range is topped off with a modest specialty line of songs that take the piss.
Much to our delight, Cathy Dyer has agreed to give us a bass boost for as much of the set as we can manage.
All this adds up to one thing – you just gotta be there.
Skiffy Rivets Concert
Wellington Bluegrass Society
54 Richmond Street, Petone
21 November 2020 8pm
On this particular Sunday there will be a good reason to stop in Ohau, that place just South of Levin you usually zip through. Just turn towards the hills and pulling for a waffle or coffee, and enjoy our Sunday afternoon acoustic set.
Country Kitchen Cafe serves good coffees, waffles, slices and meals and has provided the side room for acoustic concerts.
A big thank you to Dale Webb for organising this.
Country Kitchen Cafe and Waffle House
3 Muhunoa East Road, Ohau 5570
Sunday 22 Nov 2pm
Door sales – Koha of $15/$10 unwaged goes to support live music. Table bookings to firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 2079695. Many thanks for the support.
We are delighted to be back at Rafters this month with our own brand of harmonised singing that will not leave you sitting still for any more than a second or two.
We’ll be drawing on our rich repertoire of songs unashamedly borrowed from Americana, swing, bluegrass, folk and country traditions.
The first half of the evening brings musicians old and new to warm us up before supper and then we are into it.
At a Skiffy Rivets gig, harmonies are not something used just for choruses, they are a full time job for the three of us. Rather, it is the audience who are likely to find themselves beefing up the choruses, as we reach out with our unique blend of songs borrowed from Americana, bluegrass, folk, and swing.
This month we are delighted to give the Levin Folk Club a special preview show before we appear at the Wellington Folk Festival at Labour Weekend. As the set progresses, guest Cathy Dyer will also add her upright bass to the mix.
A Skiffy Rivets set never dwells for long in one place, as we tend shift gears and genres with songs that will move you, make you laugh, have you singing and tapping your toes and wishing you’d brought your dancing shoes.
Try out our Skiffy Rivets’ live studio CD Elbow Room – it has the same effect. We are told it has become many listeners favourite road trip CD – always making the miles go faster and putting a smile on their face.
Skiffy Rivets in concert at Levin Folk Club
Friday 11 October 2019, Doors open 7pm
Horowhenua Scottish Society hall, 155 Bartholomew Road, Levin
If you haven’t been to the Fold yet, you are in for a treat. Run by the amazing Julie Lamb, The Fold is an intimate theatre style space on the 5th floor of Ranchhod House at 39 Webb St. It has a fabulous sound system, and lighting good for film and photos.
The way it works is this: the Saturday show is from 6-8pm then you wander down Cuba St and have a meal at one of the quirky cafes.
Here’s what people say…
“What a wonderful intimate wee place it is, with good sound and comfy seating to relax in while being crooned in the cocoon by the band for the evening.” Mary Livingstone, photographer
“What a great atmosphere this space has! 😎 if anyone is looking for an intimate performance space check out The Fold!“ Emma Davey, Musician
Check out Julie’s work at www.julielamb.co.nz
It’s going to be a privilege to play at the venerable Wellington Folk Festival over Labour Weekend. Our acoustic music is borrowed from Americana, swing, bluegrass and God knows where, so it will fit right into the amazing vibe of Wellyfest.
You won’t be sitting still at one of our concerts no matter how late you stayed up jamming.
During the weekend Pete will also run a slide guitar workshop where what you learn may surprise you.
Come and get into the Christmas spirit with the Skiffy Rivets at the East Coast Folk Club.
We’ll be having fun as usual, singing our hearts out, with a set of Americana and other songs we flogged from bluegrass, swing, folk and Christmas.
And as the famous Rogers Giles is so fond of saying, “You don’t have to clap if you don’t want to.”
Skiffy Rivets at East Coast Folk Club
Torbay Senior Citizens Social Centre, 37 Watea Rd, Torbay, Auckland 0630
Friday 6 December 2019 8pm
Door sales $10, Casual performers $7
No Alcohol please. Floor Spots first half.
If Auckland had a Grand Old Opry, Cafe One2One on Ponsonby Road would surely be it. This is where the real musos play, it’s where legends are created – at least in this little fishpond we call Auckland.
Chris Priestley, in his quiet way, has created a community around this venue and now you can experience the Skiffy Rivets as the friends in one of the wonderfully entertaining Mark Laurent and Friends Saturday nights.
The Skiffy Rivets find all sorts of songs and blend them into a performance you’ll remember where you sang along, applauded loudly, and maybe even reached for a tissue.
Skiffy Rivets founder Pete Parnham often can be seen at One2One playing upright bass, but with band the One2One crowd are going to see a different side of his musical personality – that of a singer, harmoniser, guitarist, and slide guitarist. Sharing the microphones is the compelling US born and raised vocalist Holly Carrington, and the talented vocalist and top harmoniser Sue Tearne.
The evening kicks off with a set from the engaging Mark Laurent and Brenda Lydiard. Entry is free, but you should show your appreciation in the koha jar and buy a drink to support the cafe.
Mark Laurent and Friends
Saturday 4 May 2019 7pm
121 Ponsonby Road
Up Close and Personal Greytown hosts some great acts in their barn so we will be following in some mighty footsteps, as we let fly.
To get a ticket email Janette at email@example.com and pay at the door ($15).
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1068294463350582/
75 North St, Greytown 5712, New Zealand
We love house concerts because we can strip away all the fancy gear and we are not standing away we are right there playing music with you.
For a booking email Ruth firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 0274515486.
17 Waldegrave St, Palmerston North
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/426560938174528/
Up Close and Personal Plimmerton, is sure to be a fun event.
BYO drinks and a small plate to share for afternoon tea. Cost is $15.00 per head.
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/2150298015019799/
To book phone or Text Annie on 0274599376
21 Gordon Rd, Plimmerton, Wellington 5026, New Zealand