Our goal with Kiwigrass is to create a sustainable, ongoing festival for all of bluegrass-loving New Zealand. Part of that means raising money for future festivals. Our primary fundraiser this year is our amazing raffle.
First prize is a custom made van der Gaag mandolin, worth $2,500 and made from all New Zealand native timbers. Johan has been hard at work creating a special masterpiece just for Kiwigrass.
Second prize is a Trenwith practice banjo, also known as a 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! Paul says he will have a variety of the little chaps for sale at Kiwigrass. They range in price from $250 for the plywood ones to $400 if it’s made of nice wood.
“They’re all different,” he says.