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Beside the Waipara river, on an early Autumn Dawn
Canterbury’s annual Folk Festival is born..

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The tents pop up, excitement’s abound. There are always flat tent-pitching-posys around…

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Autumn arriving.. We feel the chrisp air.
Friends gather, catch up, shoot the breeze & share…

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Musicians’ arrive
(this one makes his guitars)..
Via planes, campers or drive their own cars!!

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Bunk rooms avail, there are loos there are showers, & a cafe that’s open from the wee-breakie hours.

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There are concerts for all… A great place to be.
Fun to be had by the whole family…

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Ruth Wyand (US) plays jazz, slide and blue..
Runs a bottleneck workshop to suit all of you…

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Bottle-neck slides, she’ll arrive with a stash..
If you wish to buy one, come with some cash…

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The Himmerland Band from Denmark they come,
Sax, flute, song & percussion
Expertise with fun…

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Clair Hastings… BBC’s winner of the year,
from Scotland she’ll travel to perform for us here…

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Vikki Grant (Australia) A Rythmn guitarist ‘must see’..
Performs with stomp box, guitar & djembe..

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Nick Charles from Australia, blues, folk and jazz
World acclaimed talent
this musician has…

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Barry Saunders & Caroline Easther talents combine
Song writing , rythmn, in music & rhyme…

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Hobnail band (Wellington)
A vibe hard to beat.
Alt-Folk music to get you up on your feet…

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Sizzling instrumentals,
Banjo, guitar & song
The magical energy of Erin Manu & Frank John

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Hyram Twang of Twang Town fame, West Americana styled music (is from where he came)…

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Dave, Dave & the Not-Daves For 6 years have jammed Harmonious musicians… A Christchurch band.

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Due to popular demand as a Guest Artist this year.. Joseph Balfe
Young guitarist Extraordinaire !!!

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A Ceilidh dance on Friday night for all
With ‘The Incredible Band’ & Gary doing the ‘call’…

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Blackboard Concerts galore, are always good fun…

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Put your name up.. Perform..
and impress everyone…

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Steve our sound expert down to-the-core.
Will make you sound your best .. for sure!!

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Young artists are encouraged to
perform sing and play…

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even the wee tots, can have their day…

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For those who like learning, the workshops are great…

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(you could learn new techniques off your musician mate!!!).

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Blind Date Concerts are a ‘random’affair.
Put your name in the ballot, to be chosen, be there…

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It can be ‘quite impressive’ the song they play..
(the first practice was only the previous day!!)

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As musicians perform there’s heckling laughter and song, as we all give a cheer and all sing along..

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The choir is always a harmonious treat, come along, join in, newcomers they’ll greet…

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Dunedin folk set up ‘Beaver Lodge as their lair..
A ‘theme party’ they hold..

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Come dressed, bring nibbles,
all welcome, so be there !!!

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The days can be hot, the nights can be cold.
So wrap up warm as the evenings unfold…

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When the sun goes down…

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Jam sessions begin…
musicians and visitors all pitching in…

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Fun gatherings continue through the night…

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With ‘some’ who keep jamming, until morning light…

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Sometime it just nice to relax & converse,
about music, and life and whole the universe !!!

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Toss a haggis, build a raft, run a race, kick a ball…

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The ‘Teen games’ are great fun…
(and some ‘teens’ are ‘quite tall’!!!)…

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An experience to treasure…
A family treat… A time to remember that’s damn hard to beat…

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Guest Artists 




Guest Artist Application for 2017- Closed for 2016 - 


Everyone is welcome to come along
and be part of this unique
annual, family friendly festival of music.


40 minutes north of Christchurch City
50 minutes drive from the Christchurch Airport


The Christchurch Folk Music Festival Inc. is a Charitable Trust and is organised annually by a small group of local volunteers, and run by a volunteer selected committee.

This is a family orientated event, and open to the public, to come along, share, perform and enjoy.

The festival is traditionally run over the Easter period and guest performers - both local and international - are invited to perform at concerts and run informative, educational and fun workshops for al festival goers to attend.

There is an organised children's programme for the young ones, as well as plenty to do for the teens among the crowd.

Attendees share a common love of multi-genre music, and not all are musicians.

Many come just to enjoy the friendship, fun, music and friendly atmosphere this weekend brings.

Facilities Overview:

  • Camping sites, powered and unpowered
  • Bunk rooms available (heated and carpeted)
  • Clean bathrooms and kitchen facilities on-site
  • You can choose to provide and cook your own food, there will also be some meals available on site

Catering and Café available

It is advised you pre-order cooked meals with the caterers to ensure availability. Fresh baking / café coffees throughout the day.


  • You can choose to bring your own food & cook in one of the many kitchens on site. 

  • Catering facilities are available throughout the weekend.
  • Cafe style food / bakery & coffee also available throughout the day.

It is advised to pre order cooked dinners directly from the caterers to ensure availability..