Applications for guest artists for the 2019 Festival are open.
Full information is on the website on the page 2019 Festival applications. Applications will be open until 31 January 2019.
If you would like to apply or know of artists that you think should apply to be guests, please pass this information on to them.
The committee is looking for feedback – from everyone who came to the Festival this year, on what you liked and what we can improve – and from those who didn’t, about why you didn’t come and what we can do to get you to come back again.
The survey has been emailed out to all those on our mailing list but, if you’re not on it and would like to respond, the survey can be found here.
It will be open until 16 November.
Thank you to everyone who was at the Wellington Folk Festival over the weekend! The guest artists were fabulous, the audiences marvellous, the Village Green stalls and weather were amazing.
The committee will be de-briefing (in the meeting sense) soon, after we recover fully, and looking toward the 55th festival. We will also be opening applications for Wellyfest 2019 before the end of this year and will let you know both on the website and through facebook when that happens.
Again, thank you all and see you next year!
Festival guest, Terence Blacker, performed his song for musicians with a (lengthy) past at Alastair’s Music this morning. See the video here.
If you’d like to see more of Terence and other guests, gate sales open at 3pm on Friday, with full weekend tickets and day/half day/evening passes all available.
To get to the Festival site, go to Wainuiomata, and then follow the signs to Moores Valley. Turn left up the valley road and drive approximately 10kms to Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre.
Make sure you tune into Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio NZ on Thursday, 18 October to get a pre-taste of the Festival. Guest, Terence Blacker, will be interviewed and play live on the show – around 1.10pm.
We’ve had a couple of changes to the programme.
Firstly, we’ve had no interest in Maire’s Hands on Harp class on Monday morning so, after consulting with her, we’ve cancelled it.
Instead, Maire will run a workshop on seventeenth and eighteenth century Irish harp music by composers other than Turlough O’Carolan.
Maire says – We’ll explore the beautiful legacy of music left by the lesser-known Irish harper – composers such as the Connellan Brothers and Cornelius Lyons, learn one or two of their tunes and discuss interpretation, harmonisation and accompaniment.
MUSIC READING PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED. RECORDING DEVICES WELCOME. WORKSHOP SUITABLE FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS
As there will be no personalized tuition involved, this workshop does not have an extra charge for it.
The second change is that we will swap over the location of Maire’s workshop with Chris Newman’s guitar class. The guitar class will now be in the Maire kitchen and the Maire’s workshop will be in the (very aptly named) Maire hall.
Our online ticketing system closes down just after midnight tonight.
After that, tickets will be available at the gate only. The Gate opens at 3pm on Friday, 19 October.