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44th Canterbury Folk Music Festival Easter 2019

44th Canterbury Folk Music Festival Easter 2019

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  • Fri 19 Apr ’19, 1:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sat 20 Apr ’19, 9:00am – 11:00pm
  • Sun 21 Apr ’19, 9:00am – 11:00pm
  • Mon 22 Apr ’19, 9:00am – 11:00am


Waipara Riverside Park, 137 Darnley Rd, Waipara


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird Registration - adult: $125.00

Another spectacular family-friendly folk-fiesta is planned, you are invited to attend. The annual event is open to the public, for Cantabrians to come along, relax, share, perform and enjoy a festival of acoustic music.

The Easter event has an emphasis on promoting Canterbury local and upcoming musicians including: The Swan Sisters, Adam McGrath, Yurt Party, The Songsmiths, (Christchurch based artists), Polly and the Minstrel, Nelson and Fables, Auckland and International musicians - Himmerland, Denmark; Mairi Campbell, Scotland and Diane Ponzio, New York who are chosen to add a unique cultural and educational experience for festival attendees.

We honour folk music by embracing the evolution of folk while also staying true to the traditions of our forty four year festival. We are again fostering both the youth and ukulele elements which were well supported and appreciated last year, alongside the much loved traditions.

The new and old sit comfortably together. We hope that there is something on the programme that offers you a new challenge, that you try something new and widen your potential.

The music festival provides concerts performed by invited professional guest musicians, and also multiple opportunities for festival attendees to perform while using professional equipment, guided by a professional sound technician, and in front of an appreciative listening audience.

This provides encouragement and experience for younger Canterbury musicians and artists, and a lifetime experience for many small children, who are encouraged to perform.

The sound of the next folk generation – Youth band workshop
Over the years, we’ve worked with youth, who have blossomed in the youth band project, a supported opportunity to utilise creative initiative and get involved in music. Three sessions led by our team of experienced musicians will help with instrumentation, arrangements, songwriting and band development. There will be a dedicated room for the youth band for ongoing practice sessions.

Workshops that festival attendees can enjoy include:
How to Write Easy-to-Read music charts for (almost) Everyone with Charlotte Crone from Yurt Party
Vocal techniques Workshop - how to properly warm up your voice, and vocal performance tips – led by Diane Ponzio

Harmonica for Beginners led by Pete Royle
Straight from the Soundie's Mouth a Microphone Workshop led by Steve Barkman
Jess Bailey of Fables will present a workshop on songwriting including tips for beginners
Intermediate Fingerpicking: a general workshop with an accent on blues with Eric McEachen
Tales from a Working Musician with Adam McGrath from The Eastern

Eskil Romme from Himmerland will present a woodwind workshop for wind and brass instruments
Making Melodies Workshop join award winning vocalist and songwriter Sarah Conlan
Diatonic Harmony for String Plucker's Workshop with Nate Torvik

Uke Choir Workshop Come and join The Swan Sisters: Amy Grace and Amiria Grenell to learn a couple of wonderful uke songs

Communication within a rhythm section with Tom and Thomas from Yurt Party
Bass Workshop with Emil Ringtved Nielson, suitable for U bass

Improvisation with Bowed Instruments with Mairi Campbell Campbell (Himmerland) and Lorenz Weston-Salzer (Yurt Party)

Irish Dancing with Argene Flack all ages welcome, absolutely no experience necessary!

Song Writing Workshop with Gerard Manley
Steps, movements, clap, hand drumming and voice with Ayi Solomon, from Himmerland
String & Rope-making with kouka/cabbage tree leaves - Diana Hinterleitner

Other activities:
- "It's Life Jim; But Not As We Know It!" This year the Festival Parade goes Sci-Fi!
- Open Mics
- Storytelling and Poetry Reading Session led by Mairi Campbell, Scotland
- Blind date concerts
- Jam sessions
- Yoga sessions
- Ceilidh
- Late night dance party
- Children's programme, including open mics, Easter egg challenge, face painting, story-telling

Photos from the 2018 festival can be viewed at

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