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The Paper Collar Pickers


The Paper Collar Pickers are Rod Vervest and Craig Sinclair, two musicians hailing from WA’s south coast, who share a common love for ragtime guitar, close harmonies and Albany’s granite coastline. Rod is a seasoned fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, fronting a series of successful musical projects, alongside his current role as Artistic Director for the Albany International Folk & Shanty Festival. Craig is an award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist and dobro player, who plants his storytelling lyrics in the rich riverbed of old-timey and contemporary folk styles. This likely pair came together in 2010 to provide the rhythmic engine room for popular WA acoustic quintet the Pepperjacks, honing their tasty dual thumb-picking arrangements and single microphone technique. Now on opposite sides of the country (they are both inter-generational and inter-jurisdictional) they reunite in happy moments to celebrate the old stories, the old tunes and the mighty right thumb of old Big Bill Broonzy.


Fri Jan 12th - Sun Jan 14th - Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS). Tickets online.

Fri Mar 22nd - Denmark Arts House (WA). Tickets online.

Sat Mar 23rd - Albany House Concert (WA). Tickets online.

Fri Mar 29th - Bridgetown House Concert (WA). 


The Paper Collar Pickers are soon releasing their debut album! 'Peddling Rag' was recorded in the Blue Mountains with the help of Dave Robertson and features 10 tracks that span cheeky ragtime, Appalachian waltzes and story songs, all with the signature twined duet guitar sound that has turned heads and attracted attention at venues and festivals around Australia during 2023. Sign up to the newsletter or follow on social media to be the first to get your hands on this new music!

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Craig Sinclair and Rod Vervest live at the Picture Factory (April 2023)

Craig Sinclair and Rod Vervest live at the Picture Factory (April 2023)

Craig Sinclair and Rod Vervest live at Illawarra Folk Festival Jan 2023

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