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581 words Download this release as a docx 9 October 2019 2020 Auckland Folk Festival bags stellar line up for summer weekend of music A stellar range of overseas and New Zealand performers are set to make the 2020 Auckland Folk Festival the biggest and most exciting in its 47 year history. Held every Auckland [...]
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Legendary American country and bluegrass musician and singer Tim O’Brien is set to charm us at the 47th Auckland Folk Festival over Auckland Anniversary weekend in January. For Americana music lovers it is a rare treat to see one of the greats of the genre to appear at a New Zealand festival. For his Auckland [...]
Folk music reminds us of where we came from and informs us about where we’re going –– or at least that’s the bracing ethos of Montreal-based band Rosier. A group who spent their formative years wrapped in rich, untouched musical traditions, they are just as attuned to the present and the future, challenging and [...]
Singer songwriter Pauline Scanlon galvanized the Irish music scene with her stunning debut album, Red Colour Sun, produced by John Reynolds over ten years ago. Deeply immersed in the tradition yet completely aware of the edgier developments within the folk and world music realm, Scanlon is capable of making the oldest ballads sound immediate and [...]
Tattletale Saints Cy Winstanley (guitar/vocals) and Vanessa McGowan (bass/vocals) live and play in the musical stratosphere, Nashville Tennessee. They are coming home for us and we will whistle and marvel at their success and we will know they deserve it.
International touring award nominated Canadian Gordie Tentrees will include Auckland Folk Festival 2020 in his travels. This authentic road poet travels North America, Europe, Australia, UK and Ireland, and with seven records behind him you will never find him repeating himself on stage. From Celtic Connections (Glasgow, Scotland) to the National Folk Festival (Canberra, AU) [...]
Powerhouse English folkies Faustus, spent much of the past two years researching and writing new material from the poetry of 1860s Lancashire Cotton Famine, resulting in powerful and moving new songs that they will bring to the Auckland Folk Festival 2020. The new material has already lead to acclaimed for the five-track EP, Cotton Lords. [...]
A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has managed to distill stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and elsewhere into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. He brings humour, a disarming honesty, years of roads, and a deep love of humanity to [...]
A Lifetime Achievement Award last year at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards gives a hint about how the Irish see the extraordinary 50-year career Andy Irvine. Hailed as a tradition in himself with a voice that reaches into the very soul of Ireland, Irvine will bring his talent to the Auckland Folk Festival to [...]
Keeva, are an Irish/New Zealand trio comprised of flute player and vocalist Alan Doherty, fiddler Tola Custy and guitarist Gerry Paul. Their music draws inspiration from the rich musical Pan-European heritage of Ireland, Brittany and Galicia; blending seamlessly personal compositions and edgy improvisations. The tunes showcase the virtuoso melody playing of Custy and Doherty, with [...]
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Mark Laurent has been a professional guitarist, and singer songwriter for nearly 40 years playing rock, blues, reggae, country, folk, and even dabbling in jazz. He can be found playing solo, in bands, and in duos, particularly with songwriter wife Brenda Liddiard. The Auckland Folk Festival 2020 will see Laurent on stage revealing his [...]
Sewn into a unique tapestry of poetic songwriting and dynamic delivery, Ebony Lamb's diverse sound sits somewhere between Nina Simone and Gillian Welch with a glimmering of Karen Dalton to boot. A deep honouring of the song as a form of cathartic outlet to understanding the human condition has always been her focus, along with [...]
LTR: Sam Frangos-Rhodes, Laurence Frangos-Rhodes, Nat Torkington, Kim Bonnington, James Geluk You, Me, Everybody is about gifting others their moment to shine, a celebration of the virtuosity of the individual and the camaraderie of coming together in a musical moment. Taking their inspiration from a range of musical styles, You, Me, Everybody start [...]
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A grawlix is a spiral-shaped graphic used to indicate swearing in comic strips, whereas Grawlixes are a Wellington-by-way-of-Dunedin indie-folk band intent on intelligent, infectious songs about relationships and not being invited to parties. Continuing the great lineage of artists who bring sadness to their melodies, Grawlixes’s music often deals in melancholy with self-deprecating honesty and [...]
Cricket Farm formed in 2016 – they say it was out of desperation – and they have stuck around for the LOL's. Frequenting folk clubs, house concerts and festivals these entertainers have gathered much love through their plucky little songs and amusing showmanship. Back in 2017 Cricket Farm released their debut album Bending Spoons. 2018 [...]
Claudia Robin Gunn’s warm, indie-folk melodies capture the golden essence of childhood, offering a sparkling and whimsical lens on to the child’s world that is as sweetly nostalgic for adult listeners as it is captivating for little folk. This is a songwriter well versed in the big questions that little people ask. As some [...]