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Wellington Folk Festival 2018

19 Oct 2018 to 22 Oct 2018
6pm Friday 19 October to midday Monday 22 October
Love live music and dance? Come see what's on offer this Labour Weekend! Play, sing, jam, dance, learn, listen.
Event type: 
Cultural, Dance, Music
See website for prices
Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre
562 Moores Valley Road Wainuiomata Hutt City Wellington
National, Wairarapa, Wellington


2018 sees the 54th Wellington Folk Festival featuring guest acts from Ireland, England, Scotland, Australia and throughout New Zealand.  Guest acts include:

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman – “Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique…”  Harp and guitar to die for.

Ungus Ungus Ungus – described as Australia’s “premier peddlers of vaudevillian psychedelia”.

Terence Blacker – from the UK, whose quirky off-beat songs have been compared to Jake Thackray and Tom Lehrer.

The String Contingent – acoustic chamber-folk trio from Australia and Scotland, who wowed the Festival audience  with their musicianship and non-stop energy when they last visited in 2011.

Donna Dean – keeping you rooted to your seat with her guitar and honest lyrics that may raise the hair on the back of your neck.

OrigiNZ – this 16 piece fusion band, has taken traditional New Zealand and Celtic music and mixed it up into a sound that is loud, proud and unbowed.

RhodeWorks – our favourite youth band is back, leading the youth progrmme for another year.

Muggeridge & Murphy – the combination of renowned blues guitarist Dave Murphy and Janet Muggeridge brings a fresh approach to familiar and favourite tunes.

The Wooden Box Band – local Wellingtonians play “urban folk music”.

Downunderdogs – local three-part vocal/instrumental blending features bluegrass, old-time, country, swing and originals.

Vic Folk – set up in 2017 with the aim of giving students at Victoria University access to opportunities to learn, play, dance and listen to traditional music, the club is particularly focused on participatory events.

Opprtunities to meet the guests, jam, play in open mics as well as learn from guest workshop presenters.  Weekend tickets available through the website - www.wellingtonfolkfestival.org.nz.  Day/evening tickets available at the gate only.




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Wellington Folk Festival

5 Sep 2018