Weddings, Functions and Events

"The reception was fantastic I don't even remember how many people, both young and old, told me how fantastic the music was! Thanks so much for helping to make our wedding day a day we will remember forever."
- Thankyou note to the Gypsy Pickers

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The Gypsy Pickers
Dance music & shows for your wedding or event

"The Gypsy Pickers have a solid reputation as a top live band for weddings and events. They have years of experience performing for weddings and events in NZ, Australia and USA, and tour regularly. The Gypsy Pickers have a huge repertoire of hits and a diverse mix of styles to suit all tastes and ages. This is an exuberant, multi-instrument duo who, as fans say, sound way bigger than two people - with their engaging energy and tasteful musicianship. The Gypsy Pickers' music can move from a quality dining or concert show, to a night of floor-shaking dance music."

Welcome to our Gypsy Pickers weddings and events page. We find that each wedding or function is unique with it's own flavour. We see our job as working in with the occasion, to help bring everyone together to have a good time.

We provide live music for all age groups and love getting everyone together on the dance floor. We're open to requests if we know them.

We provide a full 2400 watt live performance sound system, including set up and pack up, and stage extras for presentation. We also provide a mini-jack iPod/phone cable connection to our system for if there's a special song you'd like to play as part of your celebrations.

Besides the reception, we can also provide acoustic music for the wedding ceremony - instrumentals and songs with beauty and soul. This needs to be organised separately to the wedding reception.

Visit our biography page to read more about the Gypsy Pickers. You can watch live performances on our videos page. Take into account that our original music is usually quite different to the music performed for weddings, functions and events. We have a sample repertoire for weddings and events at the bottom of this page.

Visit our Nelson Bays Entertainment page on Facebook for more about our services for conferences and events - Nelson Bays Entertainment

Both Ron Valente and Lindy Valente are also available as solo performers.


"Thankyou so much for your amazing music at our wedding. You were absolutely amazing and knew how to get the guests up and moving. We will definitely recommend you in the future!"

- Newly-wed couples' thankyou letter

"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We had so many comments on how great you guys were and everyone loved it. We can not thank you enough as the music adds a huge part to the day, so a big THANK YOU. We will not be hesitating in recommending you to friends."

- Newly-wed couples' thankyou letter

"Thanks for the live music. You guys rocked!!! it was by far the best live music we have ever danced to."

- Newly-wed couples' thankyou email

"We were at the Wine & Food festival yesterday and we got such a buzz listening to your music! You sounded great and we can't wait for you to play at our wedding!"

- Wedding planner and Event Marketing Manager

"I just wanted to say thanks again for such a fantastic night. Everyone has commented on how awesome you guys were. You have amazing energy and incredible talent."

- Event co-ordinator

"Thank you so much for helping make Saturday night so much fun, I've had nothing but positive feedback and everyone loved your music - even people I've never seen dance before were up there going for it. Thanks again, we had so much fun!"

- Newly-wed thankyou letter

"Just wanted to quickly touch base again to thank you so much for such a great performance last night! You guys did such a good job! You really set the tone for such a fun night. We received so many good comments and people asking how they could get ahold of your music! Thank you so much again."
- Newly-wed couples' thankyou letter

"We had a really awesome time, everyone especially enjoyed the hoe-down. You really know how to bring the best out of people, hit the nail on the head every song."

- Newly-wed couples' thankyou letter

"Ron and Lindy, we wanted to thank you very much for the fantastic music you played for us at our wedding. Our guests are still talking about it!"

- Newly-wed couples' thankyou letter

"Just wanted to give you both a very big thank you for Saturday night... You were fantastic, we had lots of great comments and I would highly recommend you."

- Event co-ordinator

"It was a great night! Perfect for the audience and great to see everyone dancing. Thanks again for your awesome music."

- Event co-ordinator

"The reception was fantastic I don't even remember how many people, both young and old, told me how fantastic the music was! Thanks so much for helping to make our wedding day a day we will remember forever."

- Newly-wed couples' thankyou letter

"Thanks again for making last weekend such a ripping party!! You guys were fantastic!!!! Really appreciated your set list - everyone thought you guys were brilliant!"

- Party planner's thankyou letter

"I just want to say a very big thank you from us and from all of our guests for the fantastic entertainment you provided at our wedding. Everyone had such a great time and we had so many positive comments about your music. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did."

- Wedding couples' thank you email

"It was wonderful having you here and so thrilled to hear we will be lucky enough to experience your music performances again so soon! We all loved your choice of music for our celebration, it was so appealing to everyone who came. You made [our] party such a success and [we] really appreciated how beautifully organised you were, helping every aspect of planning come together seamlessly."

- Party planner's thankyou email

"Lot's of people have asked who the band is and we've had some great comments when we've mentioned your name. Can't wait!"

- Wedding planner

"I want to say thanks for a great night, you guys were great, everyone was up dancing at one stage or another!"

- Newly-wed couples' thankyou letter

"THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, FOR GIVING IT TO ME!" on my birthday! What a FABULOUS night we had. I think it was my best birthday ever. We all LOVED your music"

- Birthday event planner's thankyou letter

"Thank you for the great and lively music; everybody enjoyed it. I also appreciate the way you communicate; very professional"

- Event planner's thankyou email

I just wanted to say a huge thank you! You were absolutely wonderful. From the jazzy set at the start, to getting everyone on the dance floor and knowing just when to call it a night. [The bride and groom] were so excited to have you come along and I can see why.

- Bridesmaid's thankyou email

"However music organiser Co Ham had saved the best till last when on the Sunday night he introduced us to a new local duo the Gypsy Pickers who dazzled us with their energy and brilliant technique. I have never heard 'Duelling Banjos' played wlth such electrifying intensity. At 10pm after three hours of intensive playing none of us wanted them to stop. You could feel the love!"

- National NZMCA Rally 2015 entertainment review by Peter Gordon

Duo and Solo

The Gypsy Pickers are well known for their class act as a high-energy music duo available for venues, festivals, weddings, conferences, events and private functions. They perform all around NZ. Both are also available as solo performers.

LINDY VALENTE Solo artist: Sing, dance and be entertained with Lindys upbeat show of popular covers, world and originals.

RON VALENTE Solo artist: Ron is a high energy live act and versatile one-man-band.

Gypsy Pickers - Sample Repertoire

Here's a sample repertoire of some of the songs we perform for weddings and events.

Some of the artists covered in our repertoire:

The Eagles, Stevie Nicks, Johny Cash, Bob Marley, The Pogues, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, CCR, Old Crow Medicine Show, Steve Earl, Leonard Cohen, Crowded House, Tiki Taane, L.A.B., Tina Turner, Van Morrison, Jason Mraz, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton, Simon and Garfunkle and many more.

Sample Repertoire

Rock & Popular

Always On My Mind
Big Yellow Taxi
Bright Side of the Road
Brown Eyed Girl
Brown Sugar
Cajun Moon
Come Together
Copperhead Road
Dance Me to the End of Love
Dirty old Town
Dock of the Bay
Don't Dream it's Over
Drift Away
Eagle Rock
Have You Ever Seen Rain
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Hotel California
I'm Yours
In the Air
Is This Love
Lazing On a Sunny Afternoon
Leather and Lace
Like a Rollingstone
Little Lion Man
Long Train Running
Mrs Robinson
Mustang Sally
No Woman No Cry
One Love
One Of Us
Piece of My Heart
Save the Last Dance
Simply the Best
Steal My Kisses
Summer of 69
Sweet Home Alabama
Take It Easy
Tennessee Whiskey
The Boxer
Three Little Birds
Thinking Out Loud
To Love Somebody
Voodoo Child
Wagon Wheel
Walking On the Moon
Weather With You
What's Up
Where Do the Children Play
Yellow Moon

Celtic, Bluegrass, Folk & Country

Always Look On Bright Side of Life
Battle of New Orleans
Bobby Magee
Colours (Donovan)
Comes A Time
Copperhead Road
Cotton Eye Joe
Country Roads
Cripple Creek
Dirty Old Town
Duelling Banjos
Fairytale of New York
Fisherman's Blues
Folsom Prison
Friend of the Devil
Heart of Gold
Just an Old Hobo
Just Like a Woman
Mama Don't Allow
Midnight Special
Norwegian Wood
Pancho and Lefty
Ring of Fire
Rocky Top
The Gambler
Wagon Wheel
West Coast Bound
Whiskey in the Jar
Wild Rover
Wondering Where the Lions Are
Your Cheating Heart

Latin, Blues & Jazz

Aint Misbehavin
Barrelhouse Blues
Blue As A Violin
Blue Light Boogie
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Bring It on Home
Cab Driver
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Choo Choo Chi Boogie
Desperation Samba
Dont Know Why I Didn't Come
Down In Mexico
Fields of Gold
Georgia On My Mind
Hallelujah I Just Love Her So
Hit the Road Jack
Hoy Es Adios
Is You Is or Is You Aint My Baby
Key to the Highway
Love Me Like a Man
Minnie the Moocher
Minor Swing
Nobody Knows You When You're
Down and Out
Rum and Coca-cola
Smooth Operator
St Louis Blues
Stormy Weather
Sunny Side of the Street
Them There Eyes
Turn Me On
Walk On
When I Go Away
When I'm 64
White Boy Lost in the Blues
Why Don't You Do Right
Women Be Wise

40s-60s & Rock 'n Roll

Blue Bayou
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Bye Bye Love
Cab Driver
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Choo Choo Chi Boogie
Georgia on My Mind
Great Balls of Fire
Hey Good Looking
Hit the Road Jack
It Doesn't Matter Anymore
King of the Road
Route 66
Run Around Sue
Saw Her Standing There
Sea Cruise
Spirit in the Sky
Sunny Side of the Street
Walking After Midnight

Trafalgar Centre, Forestry Awards 2021


Nelson Bays Entertainment

Providing musicians for Weddings, Parties, Corporate Events, Functions and Festivals. We've been providing live music entertainment for events for 20 years, in New Zealand and Australia. We've had many insights into what makes an event successful. We use quality audio equipment and for bigger events we have contacts and experience with event contractor professionals for audio, lighting and all music related requirements for the Nelson Bays area. Contact us to talk about your event and for a free quote.

A few of the NZ Businesses the Gypsy Pickers have done conference and event performances for:


Some event venues the Gypsy Pickers have performed at for weddings, conferences and functions

including Nelson, Wellington, Auckland, Waiheke Island, Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch, Australia and USA.

Trafalgar Centre above. Shantytown Conference below