Skiffy fine print for the Bunker 16 November 2020 8pm

If we look at little manic – well, it was an intense song, we were giving it everything.

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
The Bunker
Monday 16 November 2020
Two-set concert begins at 8pm
$20 cash

The alert among you may have picked up that this event was deferred from 17 August due that sneaky virus.

Rafters Friday 20 September 2019 8pm

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.

Levin Folk Club Friday 11 October 2019

The Skiffy Rivets at BareBones Folk Club
LTR Sue, Holly, Pete

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

The Fold, Wellington Saturday 12 October

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

Wellyfest Guest 26 - 29 October 2019

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.

Find out more about the Wellington Folk Festival

East Coast Christmas Friday 6 Dec 2019

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.

One2One Cafe Saturday 4 May 2019 7pm

Sue, Holly, Pete at Barebones Folk Club

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
Cafe One2One
121 Ponsonby Road

House concert Greytown Friday 22 February 2019 7:30 pm

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  and pay at the door ($15).

Facebook Event:
75 North St, Greytown 5712, New Zealand

House Concert Palmerston North Saturday 23 February 2019

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 or phone her on 0274515486. 
17 Waldegrave St, Palmerston North

Facebook event:

House Concert Plimmerton Sunday 24 February 2019 3pm

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 
To book phone or Text Annie on 0274599376

21 Gordon Rd, Plimmerton, Wellington 5026, New Zealand

Devil's Paintbrush Road @ Whanagateau

Wellyfest Balladeer spot Friday 19 October 2018

It’s shaping up to be another great WellyFest at labour weekend. The guest list includes some of our favourite musicians and bands, just check out the Wellyfest website and look for 2018 Festival>guests.

At Wellyfest they have the Balladeer tent where you can grab a bite to eat and listen to some of the other musicians who are ready to entertain you. This is our big chance to shine with a half hour spot at 9pm on the opening night, Friday 19th.  Although Steve can’t make it, Sue, Holly and Pete, will let fly with the redoubled energy, and if you are there you will surely enjoy it.

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

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