Ticket sales are live!

Ticket sales for 2018 are now live.

Prices are listed here, along with the link to the ticketing system.

Be in quick, especially for masterclass tickets and for bunks as these are limited.

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Special film screening

While we wait for the last bugs in the ticketing system to be hunted down, here’s another great piece of news.

The Festival will be showing The Groove is NOT Trivial – a documentary that follows well-known Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, in his personal journey in search of self expression, digging deep into his Scottish musical roots. Produced and directed by Tommie Dell Smith, and premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, we have the opportunity to share this great documentary with the Wellyfest audience as the New Zealand debut.

Screening in the Maire Hall on Friday evening.  Find more information on the film here.

Masterclasses and ticketing

Festival tickets will go on sale later this week – there will be a mailout when the site is ready to go.

To sharpen your appetite, we are announcing three masterclasses that will be held on the Monday morning.  This is your opportunity to learn from world class experts Maire Ni Chathasaigh (harp), Chris Newman (guitar) and Holly Downes (double bass).

To get the most benefit from the class you will need to be a capable player already – these are not introductory sessions.  Each session will last two and a half hours and will be strictly limited to 20 people to allow for personalized tuition.  Book and pay early to avoid disappointment.

Please note that there is an additional charge to attend the masterclasses.

Another overseas guest and more…

We have fantastic news to share about the last of our overseas guests! Doyenne of the Irish harp, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, will be with us, along with her long time musical partner and collaborator, Chris Newman. Described as “Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique…” They play harp and guitar to die for.

Plus, no less important, we have more fabulous local acts to announce:

Donna Deana woman, her guitar and honest stories to share
OrigiNZCeltic/New Zealand fusion, with bagpipes
Downunderdogstrue Americana, now based in Wellington
Vic Folkthe rise and rise of traditional music and dance in the university

Click on the guest names above or go to the 2018 Guests page under the 2018 Festival for more information about each act.

More 2018 Guest Announcements

Our second guest announcement for 2018, in no particular order (other than what went out in an email earlier this week). This time featuring some of this year’s more local guest artists…

  • RhodeWorks – our favourite youth band is back, leading the youth programme again. 
  • Muggeridge & Murphy – bringing a fresh approach to familiar and favourite tunes. 
  • The Wooden Box Band – local Wellingtonians playing “urban folk music”. 

Click on guest names above to go to individual pages or head to our 2018 Guests page under 2018 Festival, in the menu above, for more information.

And there are more announcements to come, as and when we get confirmation. It just keeps getting better and better!

 

Guest Announcements for 2018

In case you missed it the first time… we are delighted to announce our first confirmed guests for 2018…

Click on guest names above to go to individual pages or head to our 2018 Guests page under 2018 Festival, in the menu above, for more information.

More announcements will be made as and when we get confirmation. Hang on to your hats folks, it’s gonna be another great festival!

 

Guest Announcements for 2018

We are delighted to announce, our first confirmed guests for 2018…

Click on guest names above to go to individual pages or head to our 2018 Guests page under 2018 Festival, in the menu above, for more information.

More announcements will be made as and when we get confirmation. Hang on to your hats folks, it’s gonna be another great festival!