Gypsy Pickers

The South Island's touring legends

"World class, feel-good music with the power of soul!"

The GYPSY PICKERS are a multi-instrument, songwriting duo known for their engaging live performances that have kept them busy on the local and international touring scene.

These two lively entertainers have a captivating show and an extensive repertoire to suit any function or event. The Gypsy Pickers make music to move you and make you move - with rock, reggae, bluegrass, gypsy, celtic, popular, pacifika, latin, jazz, blues, roots, classics, originals, well loved hits, and fun novelty pieces to entice and entertain. For a quality concert experience or floor shaking evocative dance music, the Gypsy Pickers are known for consistently pleasing crowds of all ages.

Experts at their craft on hot guitars, mandolin, banjo, melodica, bass, rich vocals and percussion.

The GYPSY PICKERS (aka The Valentes) perform for venues, concerts, festivals, weddings, corporate events, functions and private parties, all over NZ. They're based in Golden Bay - Nelson region.

On this website you can read about the GYPSY PICKERS, songwriting and recordings, find out what they're up to, listen to music and buy CDs. Check out the Bio page for more band info. Or go to the Performances page to see what's cooking.
Go to the Contact page to book the Gypsy Pickers for your function or event.

"The GYPSY PICKERS really are a treat to see!"

Watch the Shaky Isles music video - the Gypsy Pickers' song for Christchurch, written after the February earthquake. With Francis E. Maxino on piano.

Shaky Isles Music Video

And here's a music festival video of Ron Valente and a band of muso friends performing his songs Gumboot Gal and Takaka.

Ron Valente and band

Check out our latest music video Possum Rap ...comedy alert!

LISTEN to Gypsy Pickers Music


Select a track below

Shaky Isles - Shaky Isles EP - (Original) Mama Don't Allow - Live in Port Douglas - (Cover)
Nikau Palm - Aurora - (Original) White Boy Blues - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)
Every Day - Shaky Isles EP - (Original) Fairytale of New York - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)
Wide Open Spaces - Aurora - (Original) Hit the Road/Walk On - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)
Bit of Magic - Aurora - (Original) Turn Me On - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)
Arizona Reggae Hoedown - Aurora - (Original) Brown Eyed Girl - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)
Dancing in the Light of the Moon - Aurora - (Original) Gypsy Jazz - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)
Baghdad Saloon - Shaky Isles EP - (Original) Voodoo Child - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)
Possum Rap - Shaky Isles EP - (Original) Duelling Banjos - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)
Waiheke - Gypsy Pickers and Friends - (Original) Just Like a Woman - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)
Big Yellow Taxi - Live at the Brigand - (Cover) Stormy Weather - Live at the Brigand - (Cover)

Watch a VIDEO

Gypsy Pickers Music Videos
Watch a selection of videos of the Gypsy Pickers performing their original music

This is the official website of the original and current



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