We’ll be letting you know about our 2014 guests as we receive official confirmations with t’s dotted and legs crossed… You’ll also find more information about the guests on our 2014 guest artists page, found in the 2014 Festival menu above.
So, without further delay, it is our pleasure to announce that Bohemian Nights and The Windy City Strugglers will be guests at Wellyfest 2014.
Ernie Gruner (violin, mandolin) and Phil Carroll (vocals, accordion, ney ) play Gypsy, Klezmer, Middle-Eastern, French, Italian, Russian, jazz and tango music which ranges from soulful to wild.
They’ve played at festivals around Australia and New Zealand, studied overseas in Montreal, Istanbul, New York, Cracow and Budapest, and recorded 2 CDs.
The Windy City Strugglers
They have been playing together since they formed in Wellington in 1968. With founders Bill Lake, Geoff Rashbrooke and Rick Bryant still at the helm, and mid-70s additions Andrew Delahunty and Nick Bollinger completing the five-piece line-up, they have released a series of albums and performed throughout New Zealand and in Europe.
Though initially acclaimed for their authentic interpretations of historic Mississippi blues and jug band music, they have evolved into a truly unique ensemble, combining the folk forms they love with original songs that reflect their South Pacific roots.