Turkey the Bird charm Taranaki at Tūpare Gardens

Tūpare came alive to the sound of folk music, as about 1500 people packed the river flat for a free concert last month.

Performing was local folk trio Turkey the Bird who have made a name for themselves on the New Zealand music scene for their unique sound and comedic personalities.

‘Token Kiwi’ band member Sol Bear Coulton was looking forward to introducing the band to local audiences at Tūpare.

“Although we live in Taranaki we don’t play here often so it was cool to play for free to people who haven't heard us before.”

The food trucks set up on the tennis court were kept busy serving up hungry families, while others spread out their own picnics on the river flat.

Taranaki Regional Council Gardens Manager Stuart Robertson was happy with the turnout and glad people got to see what Tūpare has to offer.

“Tūpare is such a special place and it’s great to be able to put these free events on for Taranaki. This was the first live music event at the garden in more than two years and we will definitely be having more in the future.”

The garden echoed original music and a few notable covers, prompting families to dance in the Taranaki sun during the early hours of the afternoon.