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Get the most out of the Auckland Folk Festival 2020

The Auckland Folk Festival 2020 is next weekend and it is going to be stunner. However before you leave home, here are some tips to help everything go smoothly. Packed programme The programme timetable is up on the website, and the programme booklet –  your complete guide to the festival – is also available for online viewing or [...]

Auckland Folk Festival 2020 map

Auckland Folk Festival 2020 map Download a pdf festival map Meet on the village green To create a real family atmosphere this year the food vendors, market stalls and a stage are centred around a village green near the kids area towards the main marque.  This will be a great new place to hang out, meet your friends, eat, and listen [...]

Auckland Folk Festival 2020 programme guide

Auckland Folk Festival 2020 programme guide Auckland Folk Festival 2020 programme booklet pdf Auckland Folk Festival 2020 map Auckland Folk Festival 2020 timetable pdf Auckland Folk Festival 2020 online timetable   Programme booklet The Auckland Folk Festival 2020 programme booklet –  your complete guide to the festival – is viewable or downloadable by clicking the [...]

Double Grammy winner Tim O’Brien to headline festival

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 [...]

Three Tui finalists but sadly, only one winner

Two-time finalist Mel Parsons is up again to win Best Folk Artist | Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa against strong competition from Kiwi songstress Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin and husband-and-wife duo Paper Cranes. The Tui will be awarded at the 2020 Auckland Folk Festival on 26 January. Mel Parsons Recorded in Los Angeles with legendary [...]

Scholarships and awards to reward young talent

Two exciting world music scholarships on offer An exciting and innovative traditional world music and cultural experience is set to open the eyes of young musicians from all over the world as they gather on Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island over summer. Ethno Global runs a series of international music camps, workshops and concerts, in over [...]

Images: 2020 guests (print resolution)

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Media release: Stellar lineup bagged for summer weekend of music

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 [...]

Auckland Folk Festival 2020 full line up poster download

Download his res jpg of poster    Download print res PDF of poster  © 2020 Auckland Folk Festival Inc. Poster may be downloaded and reproduced for media or purposes consistent with Auckland Folk Festival objectives.

Bracing ethos of Montreal-based band

  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 [...]

Edgy Irish tradition

  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 [...]

Flying home from Nashville for a gig

Tattletale Saints Cy Winstanley (guitar/vocals) and Vanessa McGowan (bass/vocals) live and play in the musical stratosphere, Nashville Tennessee. Now they are coming home for us and we will whistle and marvel at their success and we will know they deserve it. For both Winstanley and McGowan, a career in music was always on the cards. [...]

Authentic road poet’s world odyssey to include Auckland

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) [...]

Power house English folk band brings new material

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. [...]

Straight-talking, keenly observant roots balladeer

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 [...]

One of the great Irish singers to boost 2020 festival line up

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 [...]

Rich musical pan-European heritage

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 [...]

Images: 2019 festival (print resolution)

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Energetic pop-up world music

Ethno New Zealand gathers young musicians from Aotearoa and the rest of the world for ten intense days of music, friendship and workshops culminating in a spectacular and heartwarming Auckland Folk Festival performance. Two exciting scholarships to Ethno NZ on offer from Auckland Folk Festival and [...]

Masterful display of technique and taste from one of our own

  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 [...]