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Wellington Folk Festival

Fri Oct 25th, 2019

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The Wellington Folk Festival is 55 years old this year, making it the longest running festival of its kind in the country, and it’s still going strong.
It will run over Labour Weekend, from Friday October 25 to Monday 28, at Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre, in Moores Valley, near Wainuiomata.
Wellyfest 2019 will have a jam-packed programme of concerts, workshops and dance events, and has attracted an impressive line-up of performers from here and overseas.
They include the New Zealand-Australian duo Victoria Vigenser and Lindsay Martin, who as “We Mavericks”, play wild, original folk.
Coming from the UK is singer-songwriter, Richard Grainger, whose songs reflect the rich maritime and industrial heritage of North Yorkshire, including the story of navigator and explorer, Captain James Cook.
From Australia, the festival will feature The Good Girl Song Project and The Bearded Cat.
Award-winning New Zealand song writer, Jenny Mitchell, will be there, with her own blend of alt-country, folk and Americana, and the Wellington-based trio, Across the Great Divide, will perform its unique fusion of Celtic, American and Scandinavian music.
The Chaps, from Dunedin, are a highly entertaining and energetic band who describe their style of music as “cowboy lounge” and The Skiffy Rivets from Auckland deliver harmonies with a swing.
Songwriter Alan Downes will bring his mostly true tales from the back country and the rising young New Zealand poet, Jessie Fenton will also be performing.
And for those who like their music to rock, there’s local band Grumblewood, who combine baroque, jazz and traditional folk elements in a vintage rock setting, influenced by electric folk and progressive rock of the early 70s.
There is a strong focus on participation at Wellyfest, with blackboard concerts, singarounds,the big Saturday dance with the hot young musicians from Vicfolk, a full youth programme and plenty of opportunity for jamming.
Festival-goers can book for the whole weekend or come for a day, afternoon or evening. There are plenty of camping spaces and facilities and there are also bunks available.
The full programme and ticketing information is on the website:

acoustic/solo, blues, country/folk, world, We Mavericks, Richard Grainger, Across the Great Divide, The Chaps, Jenny Mitchell, Skiffy Rivets, Alan Downes, Jessie Fenton, The Good Girl Song Project, Bearded Cat, Vic Folk, Grumblewood

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