Turkey the Bird set to charm Taranaki at Tūpare Gardens

Sunshine, food and music will take over Tūpare Gardens for a free family event on 11 February.

Performing is 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 picked up the banjo after watching the film Deliverance as a kid and is looking forward to introducing Turkey the Bird to local audiences at Tūpare.

“Although we live in Taranaki we don’t play here often and when we do it's usually $30 to $40. It’s going to be cool to play for free to people who haven't heard us before.”

The diverse trio, who met through Singer Songwriters New Plymouth includes Swiss musician Andre Manella, Irishman Adrian Whelan and Coulton.

Manella, who is a part of four other bands around the region, always had a dream of creating folk music that focused on singing and harmonies.

Taking influence from Mumford and Sons, Manella promises a varied repertoire of music that people can dance to.

“We perform mostly original music and do a few covers as well. We have a bit of a quiet side, some upbeat fun ones to dance to and some folk songs about love and life.”

Along with music, people will be able to grab a bite to eat from food trucks at the Tūpare tennis court before making their way down to the river flat.

Taranaki Regional Council Gardens Manager Stuart Robertson wants people to make the most of it and enjoy 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 will be the first live music event at the garden in more than two years so there’s no better time to head to the garden.”

Turkey the Bird + Food Truck Fiesta will take place at Tūpare Gardens on Sunday 11 February from 11am to 2pm. Entry is free. Tūpare is located at 487 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth.