Programme information added to the website

To give you some additional reasons for coming to the Festival we have just added to the website pages covering:

Some details have yet to come in from the presenters and we will be adding to these pages as more information becomes available.



We’ve had several enquiries about whether or not bunks are still available – yes, they are!

If you want to come to the Festival but have been looking at the tent and wondering if it’s still warm, cosy and waterproof or not, you don’t need to worry – there are still dry, waterproof and comfy bunks available for the weekend.

See the Ticketing page for costs and the link to the booking system.

Monday Masterclasses

There’s a special opportunity for Festival goers this year – two and a half hour instrumental masterclasses on the Monday morning with three of our international guests:

  • Harp – Máire Ní Chathasaigh
  • Guitar – Chris Newman
  • Double Bass – Holly Downes

This is your opportunity to be personally tutored by expert professional musicians.  Classes are strictly limited to a maximum of 20 tickets to ensure that those attending get the maximum from the class.  Don’t miss your chance – book online through the ticketing page.

Attention young musicians!

Acoustic Routes (the Wellington Folk Centre) is partnering with the Festival to run the Joan Prior Award in 2018.

Open to young musicians aged 15 to 25 on 30 September 2018 and resident in the Wellington region, the award is judged on performance in a special concert at the Festival and has a prize of $500.

For more information see

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.