Here’s a selection of reviews of Bob’s performances over the years:
“Bob Bickerton may not have the Gaelic but he’s certainly got the blarney – and a load of talent to boot.The Nelson based Celtic musician had the 80 plus strong crowd eating out of his hand at Tuatapere’s Waiau College on Sunday night. Instrumentals, song and humour were interlaced with informative – if not at times tall – stories of the tunes’ origins. Bickerton had his audience spellbound as he pulled out whistles, harp, flute, bodhran, uilleann pipes and guitar. The fiddle and mandola, which he also plays, were left at home. He made the transition between the differing fingering and blowing techniques seem effortless. His own composition Jimmy o’ the Hielands, usually reserved for school performances, was requested by a large group of children. He obliged donning kilt and baring legs, all the time apologising to the adults who were enjoying it as much as the kids. He might as well have been the Pied Piper of Hamlin. Jigs, reels and hornpipes set toes tapping furiosly but it was his soulful slow airs that won hearts. Regardless of the instrument, he played with depth and feeling and sent us all floating home with a beautiful harp encore.
“If talent and virtuosity equated to material wealth, Bob Bickerton would be a rich man. An enviably gifted musician, proficient in as many instruments as he has fingers, and blessed with a strong voice, Bickerton made his Palmerston North debut on Saturday night to an appreciative crowd……”
“The Irish pipes, eloquently played by Bob Bickerton, sounded just right……..”
Nelson Evening Mail
“The instruments, bagpipes again, flute and harp played by Bob Bickerton, and the drums and piano-accordion were played with such skill, exuberance, subtlety, as never to be obtrusive and always enjoyable.”
Nelson Evening Mail
“A highlight was the very special talents of Bob Bickerton……”
“It is difficult to single out the highlights from a performance which was of a uniformly high standard. But one of my favourites was the delicate air The Wild Geese, which featured a traditional Irish harp accompaniment by Bob Bickerton…….”
“Bickerton quickly had toes tapping with his traditional jigs and reels, ably played on a selection of instruments……..”
Otago Daily Times
“The concert opened with an entertaining 40 minutes of the good voice and multi-instrumentality of Bob Bickerton”.