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Canterbury Folk Music Festival


Fri 25 Mar 2016, 12:00pm–11:55pm
Sat 26 Mar 2016, 9:00am–12:00am
Sun 27 Mar 2016, 10:00am–12:00am

Where: Waipara Boys Brigade Camp, 143 Darnley Road, Waipara, Hurunui

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • All weekend adult: $140.00
  • All weekend child 15 -18y with adult: $50.00
  • All weekend youth 16 -25y unaccompanied: $80.00
  • Friday night Ceilidh Dance only Adult: $15.00
  • Friday night Ceilidh Dance only Child: $5.00
  • Saturday Evening concert only adult: $45.00
  • Saturday Evening concert only child: $15.00
  • Sunday Evening concert only adult: $45.00
  • Sunday Evening concert only child: $5.00
  • Day pass adult: $85.00
  • Day pass child 5 - 18y accompanied: $50.00
  • Day pass youth 16 - 25y unaccompanied: $50.00
  • All weekend child 15 -18y with adult: $50.00
  • Children under five free all weekend: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: rachelbayliss336

What is a Folk Music Festival?
Folk Music clubs exist all around New Zealand and enjoy a calendar of festivals up and down the country with many avid- folkies planning their year around travelling to the different festivals to enjoy the rich atmosphere of live acoustic music, good company and friendly socialising. Many have been doing this for years which provides a stable, safe, family environment that all new comers can enjoy. The music ranges from that influenced by Scottish / Irish / English heritage and now more American Folk styles are becoming more apparent. There is a good New Zealand / Australian feel too. You can expect a lot of guitars, fiddles, harps, pipes, maybe a harmonica, banjos, maybe an accordion, lots of singing....

What's it like?
This great camping site in Waipara (North Canterbury) at the Boys Brigade Camp is on Darnley Rd which is an hour north of Christchurch. While we can't promise beautiful weather, the last four years have been wonderfully sunny and it's hard to imagine a better way to spend a long weekend than listening to and playing music, catching up with old friends and making new ones.

The site is on several levels - grassed and treed with ample camping and caravan / house truck parking spaces. There are bunk rooms and kitchens and a big performance hall. There is a coffee cart :-) Campers set up makeshift jamming spaces to play music amongst the trees and there is a river and swimming hole to play in.

The festival is very family friendly and there is a children's programme and also many opportunities for children to participate in performing, dancing, making art, listening to stories and playing with other kids in the idyllic surroundings.

The Music.
In terms of music- there are all performances running throughout the festival and there are workshops to get involved in. You can send your time listening, or playing, wandering between performance spaces and listening to others playing together in informal groups. One highlight of the Canterbury Festival is the opportunity to participate in the "blind date concert" where you become part of a band by putting your name in the hat- a great way to get to know people and to feel part of things. Or you can just sit under a tree and play your banjo, or write some poetry.

The Guest Artists.
As always, this year's festival boasts an amazing number and variety of quality performers who are a mix of local and international talent. One great boon of folk music festivals is that the performing artists are participants in the festival. This means that they are available to play alongside, chat, and learn from. Many will run workshops to offer their insights into songwriting / musical technique / etc.
This year we have:
-Eskil Romme and the Himmerland Band from Denmark
-Clair Hastings from Scotland
-Ruth Wyand from USA
-Nick Charles from Australia
-The Ukes from Auckland
-Hobnail from Wellington
-Barry Saunders from Kapiti
-Erin Manu and Frank Jon from New Plymouth
-Joseph Balfe from Oamaru
-Hyrem Ballard from Dunedin
-Dave, Dave and the non Daves based in Christchurch
-Vikki Grant based in Christchurch
-The Incredible Ceilidh Band based in Christchurch

The event begins on Friday afternoon as campers arrive and set up. On the Friday evening everyone is welcomed with an all ages barn dance ( Ceilidh) the event ends on Sunday evening with a final concert, leaving Monday for a leisurely pack up and depart.

While the event does run for three days- you are also able to come just for the day, or for the evening, or for the barn dance etc and there are different prices for these options on the website. Also -an earlybird price exists for those who pay by 29 February 2016.

Please see the official website for more info re:
-different pricing options
-catering options
-the programme
-accommodation options
-how to get there

You'll also see more about other ways you can participate:
-festival choir
-poetry reading
-blind date concerts
-blackboard concerts