Nestled among the picturesque valleys of North Canterbury, New Zealand..
situated alongside the stunningly beautiful Waipara River…
vineyards, sun, food & music.. a weekend of relaxation & enjoyment..
you will find.. nestled amongst the trees..
people of all ages, who gather to sing, chatter & share their common love of music
some even dress up for the occasion..
sign up to perform in one of the blackboard concerts
there are people of all age groups performing together..
enjoy performing under the watchful eye of our professional sound man Russ..
there’s music from all genres, from New Zealand musicians playing Eastern European music
to our talented kiwis who are world renowned for their musicianship..
workshops to enlighten us all and challenge even the most expert technophiles among us
overseas & local groups captivate the crowd and rev up the groove..
a mix of both international musicians & well travelled folk with music to play & stories to tell..
come and be part of the ‘blind date’ concert..
there are many choices of flat camping sites available..
here, there is adventure for the whole family…
there are multiple kitchens, bathrooms & utilities… all sparkling clean..
families enjoy sunshine, song & a love of music & the children’s programmes for the smaller ones..
you can provide your own food or use the catering services provided.. places to gather, eat & chat..
serene surroundings, bush walks & swimming in the clear river waters..
only 5 minutes walk from Mudhouse wines.. their restaurant & tasting rooms
and when the sun goes down…
musicians & guests gather to sing, share and jam, ‘till the wee hours..
Guest Artists 2014
18th - 21st April 2014
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..
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.
GUEST ARTISTS 2013
International Performer Stuart O'Connor has been described the 'incredible, soul songing, techno / folk musician & songwriter,
a one man band who never wears shoes'!!!
ONE WORKSHOP ONLY IN CHRISTCHURCH.. held at Festival 2013!!
LOOPING WORKSHOP: Sunday 31st March
Starting at 1pm in the Training Centre. .
CONCERT: Saturday afternoon 30th March
& Sunday Evening 31st March.
1300 shows in 6 years and counting as a full time touring musician.
6 tours in Japan, 5 in New Zealand, 3 in Australia, 2 in Italy aswell one off tours in Thailand and Holland and numerous tours in the UK.
Stuart has carved a living internationally with 4 albums under his belt as a psychedelic folk singer/songwriter and has attracted attention from record labels but as things stand has remained independent. www.stuartoconnor.com
Go Forth Bright Scenic is a four album project released at the same time across four formats from British singer songwriter Stuart O’Connor. It does get a little complicated so pay attention there at the back, but each album contains its own unique collection of songs and themes to stand alone or as part of the overall project, and to equally together or individually, if the CD release which we will focus on shortly is anything to go by, capture the imagination and fire up strong pleasure.
Go is a twelve track release which concentrates upon the electronic side of music and comes on a 4GB USB pen drive presented in a unique storage pouch. Limited to just 44 it also comes with an additional 4 albums of secret material unique to this version. The album is produced by Chris Hollisand O’Connor as is the CD.
Bright offers thirteen tracks recorded through various sessions between 2008 and 2012. Produced by Craig Harris alongside O’Connor, the release searches for a more direct singer/songwriter sound and comes on, again limited to 44 copies, Tape Cassette. Containing additional unique bonus material unavailable anywhere else, the album also offers the track Recordeddirecttothiscassettewhich the artist recorded 44 times in 44 different locations with various musicians in attendance to make each performance and release very unique and personal.
The self-produced album Scenic is a Double Gatefold 12″ vinyl release which like the CD is released in a limited batch of 444 copies. The first disc is ‘the album as it was intended’ whilst the second is a live collaboration with Avant Guard Japanese composer Haco recorded in Kobe, Japan and once more solely available to the vinyl edition. All releases feature an array of musicians who contributed along the way to a release which was four years in the making and are all available in download form for the princely sum of £1 each but e without any of the bonus material.
The project follows three well received albums which saw great acclaim and label interest go the way of O’Connor, but fiercely independent to allow his creativity to breath he has forged his own path with this release the pinnacle to date.
Forth, the CD version is quite dazzling at times and in others evocative but always compulsive. The varied songs often throw up unexpected delights but also at times just lay on the senses merging their thoughts and emotion with those of the listener with ease. The first full track is one of the former and sets this particular album with one of its biggest highlights. Set up by an intro instrumental which is over before you have the chance to absorb its purpose Squeaky Doors immediately has the ear drawn its way through the opening guitar strokes and the soon to follow smouldering harmonica of O’Connor and delicious ‘wonky’ double bass prods, the mix a sizzling taste of the orient and the dusty West. As the impressive vocals of O’Connor tells the impassioned tale, the track suddenly lurches into a dramatic stand through thumping keys and staccato energy. It is wonderful, adding extra excitement and intrigue to the track whilst provoking deeper emotive shadows to emerge from within song and listener. The song slips through many soundscapes as it makes its way to its final, blazing horns, mariachi kissed guitars, and Latin American passion just part of the thrilling ride.
Arguably the album never reaches such heights again but it certainly comes close, the likes of the hypnotic Default: Escape with its melodic teasing and grace, Varit with an air which is a swirl of feelings, and the mix of sultry persuasion and heated passion Note That Says, all leave one enthralled and lost in the infectious engagement of songs and album. 1-2-Seppuku is another which ignites the strongest fires to complete the album part, the track a perpetually evolving and raging torrent of sonic mastery. From its opening whispers and soothing touch it eventually twists into a storm of primal energy and pulse racing imagination, the track burning with a fire of passion and musicianship which leaves one breathless.
The CD also gives four bonus tracks, which match and in some places bypass other tracks on the album with ease. The live cut of Misfit Theatre is outstanding, O’Connor easily showing why he has such a great live reputation after performing over 900 shows in 4 years across the likes of the UK, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and many more places. The track is powerful and captivating, the musician transferring his uniqueness on record to the live setting with accomplished ease. The other tracks are demos, of which the funky Kpamlogo and the coarse treat that is Kindred Fallsstand out.
WORKSHOP: Vocals & Body Percussion.
10am, Saturday 30th March, Training Centre.
CONCERT: Saturday March 30th Evening.
& Sunday 31st March Afternoon.
With their World-ribbed sounds, precise arrangements and a catalogue of songs Pacific Curls – make music that is both worldly and enthralling. Over the years the three members have accumulated an impressive instrumental collection featuring the ukulele, cajon, fiddle, Taonga Puoro - traditional Maori instruments, guitar, stomp box, kalimba, various percussive instruments and vocals with lyrics in Te Reo Maori, Rotuman and English.
Kim Halliday (Rotuman/NZ Scottish), Ora Barlow (Te Whanau-a-Apanui/English) and Jessie Hindin perform music with depth and originality that touches the inner essence of their musicality. With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative Maori instrumentation and lyrics, Pacific Curls have pioneered a fusion sound that seamlessly blend their indigenous roots. Classifying their sound is a challenge. Their use of jazz chordal transitions, traditional Celtic tunes, expressive vocals, political and moving lyrics in Maori and English, their use of world instruments with Pacific style beats and moods, shakes and bakes it all into a contemporary intriguing edginess.
With an international audience rapidly growing particularly after appearances at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games celebrations, WOMAD NZ, WOMAD UK, WOMAD Earth Station, City of London Festival, Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival, Winnipeg Music Festival, Ulsan World Music Festival (Sth Korea) and extensive touring throughout Canada, Australia, South Korea, New Caledonia, Europe and Aotearoa (New Zealand) this is a band that creates a window into the global sounds of the Pacific to the World. ‘Music is universal, and to discover the music of a culture is to discover the culture as a whole.’ So if you want to put your finger on the pulse of a global sound, check out the Pacific Curls experience.
VIOLIN WORKSHOP: Sunday 31st March 11am.
CONCERT: Saturday 30th March Afternoon.
& Sunday 31st March Evening.
Violinist and composer Fiona Pears started performing as a soloist with orchestras at the age of twelve. Now based in both London and New Zealand, she has forged a career as an international soloist and recording artist.
Fiona started the violin at the age of five after hearing a performance by Carl Pini where she fell in love with the sound of the instrument. In an interview with the Otago Daily Times she said, “Apparently I stamped my feet and cried ‘I want a violin’, and I got one in my Santa stocking that year!”
By the age of twelve, Fiona was performing concertos with local orchestras on both piano and violin. In the same year she went on to lead the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and co-lead the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra where she won two national music competitions, one in piano and the other in violin. Fiona then joined the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra at the age of fourteen.
"Pears passion for music impossible to resist" The Christchurch Press 2011
By the time she was eighteen, Fiona had formed an interest of many different kinds of music and started to explore Jazz, Gypsy, Latin and Celtic styles. She spent several years playing in a swing jazz group which recorded for Radio New Zealand and appeared at festivals nationwide.
In her early twenties, Fiona started to write her own music. She wanted to create something fresh and to fuse together the styles of music she loved to play. Since then Fiona hasn’t looked back. She has gone on to release five CDs and two DVDs of her own music. Her 2008 release Fire and Light saw the realisation of a long held dream. Fiona wrote twelve of the fourteen tracks and arranged them for band and full orchestra. She took the compositions to the Czech Republic and recorded them with the City of Prague Philharmonic.
Her brand new 2012 CD Feeling features some of Fiona’s most beautiful compositions to date. As with all of her pieces, people and places have influenced their creation. On the liner notes of the new album Fiona says, “All of my compositions have stories. I don’t think I would be able to write if it was not for the stunning people in my life and also the wonderful opportunities I have had to travel to so many interesting places around the world.”
Since being in the UK, Fiona has composed and arranged the music for her performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra and has gone on to write and arrange music for recording artists such as Hayley Westenra, Libera, Aled Jones and Lee Mead. She was also asked to arrange and perform her own version of Schindler’s List for BBC television and her music videos have been played on Classic FM TV in the UK and Europe.
In recent years Fiona has toured extensively and has performed and recorded with artists such as Dave Dobbyn, Hayley Westenra, Bic Runga, Heather Nova and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She has also opened for artists such as Tony Bennett, Ottmar Liebert and the late Victor Bourge.
WORKSHOP: Eastern European Music.
Sunday 31st March. 3pm
CONCERT: Saturday March 30th Afternoon
& Sunday March 31st. Evening.
Footspa plays a diverse and exciting range of music from all over Europe, including Bulgarian horas, Scandinavian polskas and French waltzes.
Playing guitar, Irish bouzouki, flute, pianoaccordion and violin, Sean Manning, LouiseFrampton, Marcus Turner and Anna Bowenpresent a diverse and exciting repertoire includingBulgarian horas, Scandinavian polskas, Frenchwaltzes, Galician dantzas, Romanian invirtitas,Irish reels and Klezmer freylekhs.Four highly-experienced musicians from bandsas diverse as The Chaps, Catgut and Steel, andThe Half-legendary Men have joined forces tolearn a new repertoire of songs and tunes fromall over Europe, as well as music from the JewishKlezmer tradition and some Turkish music.
ALEX VAN DEN BROEK & NAOMI FERGUSON
WORKSHOP: Contemporary Style Singing.
Saturday 30th March 1pm
CONCERT: Saturday 30th March Evening
& Sunday 31st March. Afternoon.
Husband and wife duo Naomi Ferguson and Alex van den Broek make beautiful music together. Fresh from a year in Holland where they played concerts the length and breadth of the country, they have a fresh take on 60s folk luminaries like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. They combine this repertoire with their own heartfelt and beautiful original songs. Witty, soulful and entertaining their performance will take you from laughter to tears and back again.
Ferguson is a superb musician with a gorgeous, golden voice. Every song is beautifully sung with complete assurance and stylistic control. She seems to have a real affinity with Leonard Cohen's songs and her performance of 'Suzanne' was a highlight for me. She rises to the challenge of representing multiple characters with some believable and often very funny characterisation.
GUEST YOUTH ARTIST 2013
CONCERT: Laura will be performing in the
afternoon concert on Saturday 30th March
Laura is a year 12 from Marian College, 16 years of age and a guitarist. Laura has always had an interest in music but it was developed further in the past year when her guitar skills improved and she took music as a subject in year 11. She has now developed a keen interest in writing her own music and her preferred genre is country/folk.