Featured 2020

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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