11 May 2024: Turkey the Bird and Hot Diggity

It’s finally here! The concert we’ve all been waiting for! This lineup wowed the crowds at Wellington Folk Fest last year so much that I had to bring it here to Leigh.
Hot Diggity is a hard hitting, sweet singing, all-female bluegrass band. They play original songs by Heather Carrigan (mandolin vocals) and Deborah Mackenzie (guitar and vocals) along with plenty of bluegrass favourites. Backed up by Jenine Abarbanel (bass and vocals), Sue Drake (banjo and vocals) and Louise Evans (fiddle), they put out a powerful, lively sound with hot instrumentation and tight harmonies. All five members are veteran musicians having played with numerous other bands in a variety of musical styles for years. Lovers of bluegrass tradition and the time period of its birth, the Hot Diggity ladies perform while kitted out in the finest vintage styles.
Turkey The Bird will remind you of the famous Margarita cocktail infused with a hint of “Simon & Garfunkel,” 2 ounces of “Mumford and Sons,” a splash of banjo and served on ice on a sunny day. Hailing from the New Zealand left coast town of New Plymouth, this uplifting band will hit you with beautiful three part harmonies and toe tapping rhythms. Brilliantly interpreted covers enhance their funny, funky, stunning originals. This show also features release of their hot new single, “Lady who?”
Check out this delightful video from the boys: https://www.instagram.com/p/C6mzP16S3Ci/
Tickets are only $30, and for once I’m glad we’re at Leigh Hall instead of Whangateau because there’s room for everyone. Don’t miss this very rare opportunity to see two great bands in one night with the Whangateau Folk Club!
Turkey the Bird with Hot Diggity
11 May 2024, 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Leigh Hall, 4 Cumberland Street, Leigh
Email to reserve your spot or rock on up on the night. Payment by cash at the door or bank transfer only.

April ’21 Updates

Hot Diggity at Beach Hop 2021

Upcoming show summary:
18 April 2021, Whangateau Hall, 2pm.  $15.
7-9 May 2021, Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival.  Tickets.

And now for the news:

In March Hot Diggity was finally fortunate enough to play the Beach Hop in Whangamata.  We had the best time!  What an amazing event that is.  The cars!  The music!  The people!  It was a fantastic opportunity to branch out into some new material, which we really enjoyed.  Feedback on our performances was good, and fingers crossed we’ll get to go back next year!

Looking forward, we have material for a whole new album queued up and ready to record, and we’ll be going into the studio in late July of this year.  We will be running a pre-order PledgeMe campaign to raise money for the printing and packaging, so keep an eye out for that!

Details on the upcoming shows:

For those in the Auckland and Northland areas, Hot Diggity will be playing Whangateau Hall at 2pm on Sunday, 18 April.  Doors open at 1:30pm, and it’s only $15 on the door.  The Whangateau Hall is a beautiful venue that simply comes alive to acoustic music.  We’ll be playing 2 hour-long sets with a break for tea and bikkies in between.  Feel free to BYO food and beverage and make a little picnic of it. 

In May, Hot Diggity are playing another festival for the first time, the Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival!  We are so excited about this.  Diggities will be performing on the streets and venues of Russell and Paihia on Saturday and Sunday.  Check the website for locations and times!  It will be so great!

Drop us a line if you have any questions, and we hope to see you soon! 


The program for Kiwigrass has been published, and Hot Diggity will be opening the festival on Friday afternoon, February 1st, at 6:30pm.  We aren’t scheduled to play again because Jenine is also running the entire festival, and Krissy is off to play with the Eastern in Tauranga on the Saturday. It is going to be an amazing fun festival and you should definitely come. 

Purchase tickets to Kiwigrass.

If you can’t make it to Kiwigrass, Hot Diggity will be playing two shows in the Auckland region later in February.  We will be at the Rebel Round-up in Pukekohe on Saturday, February 16th, and at the Meatstock Music and BBQ Festival at the ASB Showgrounds on Sunday the 17th. These are both insanely fun events and we can’t wait to play at both of them. 

Later in the year we will be roaming further afield with a show at the Wellington Bluegrass Society on 30 March and at the Packard and Pioneer Museum in Whangarei on the 13th of April. 

Devonport Bunker Concert

Hot Diggity will be playing the guest spot at the Auckland Bluegrass Club on Wednesday, 14 June. Doors open at 7:30pm. Members are $8, and non-members $10. You can get more info from their website: http://aucklandbluegrass.co.nz/.

Upcoming album

Hot Diggity has committed to recording our first album in 2017. We have booked in studio time and a producer, and we're working on perfecting our sound. We will be running a kickstarter campaign soon for preorders.

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These will help us cover the costs of the recording! Please watch our website or Facebook page for updates and information!

Hot Diggity at Home

Where is Hot Diggity’s home? We live all over the North Island, where is home? We aren’t really sure, so we’ll build a virtual home here, on the web.