Ticket sales are open

Tickets for the 2019 Festival are on sale.

See the 2019 Tickets page for the prices and the link to the ticket sales site.

Early Bird discounts must be booked and fully paid for by 30 September.


More musical magic

Our last major guest announcements.

Richard Grainger (UK) – singer/songwriter from North Yorkshire who sings for and about the working folk of that region.

The Good Girl Song Project (AU) – presenting original song cycles raising awareness of women’s stories and histories from Australia.

The Chaps (NZ) – Iconic band from Dunedin bring back their “Cowboy Lounge” to impress and amuse people, and keep the legacy of Marcus Turner alive.

Vic Folk (NZ) – set up in 2017 to encourage the playing of (and dancing to)traditional tunes , this group has an ever changing membership of skilled musicians with a link to Wellington’s University.

The Story Tellers at Wellyfest 2019

This year’s festival has a distinct theme that showcases the traditional role of the folk musician. From the roving troubadours and ballad singers of the middle ages, the village tradition bearers of the 18th and 19th centuries, to the protest singers of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, to the thoughtful composers of today, folk musicians have always been the tellers of stories.

Our next four guests embody this tradition.

Jenny Mitchell (NZ) – 2019 Recorded Music NZ Country Artist of the year, previous winner of the Gold Guitar awards, Jenny creates music that follows no trends or genre expectations.

The Bearded Cat (Aust) – an acoustic duo writing songs within the confines of two voices, a guitar and a glockenspiel. This will be their first appearance in NZ.

Alan Downes (NZ) – the country boy who writes and sings songs about the ordinary and extraordinary people who don’t make the history books.

Jessie Fenton (NZ) – poetry slam winner, both here and overseas, Jessie uses humour and personal perspectives to explore difficult subject matter.

First guest announcements

The Festival is delighted to announce our first four guest acts for 2019:

Vigenser & Martin: New Zealand songstress Victoria Vigenser and Australian violin/mandolin virtuoso Lindsay Martin – they met at Wellyfest and now they’re back to show us what they’ve created.

Across the Great Divide: Take Celtic clarsach, Americana resonator guitar and Swedish saxophone for a new fusion of styles not normally found on stage at the same time.

The Skiffy Rivets: Swing, folk, country, Americana, bluegrass, with flowing vocal harmonies and classy picking.

Grumblewood: Blending baroque, jazz and trad folk in a vintage rock setting.

Ticket sales will be open shortly. Meantime, book the dates – 25 to 28 October 2019.

Guest artist announcements coming soon


The festival committee have started putting things together for the 2019 Wellyfest programme and will be making announcements soon about this year’s guest artists.

Once again we’re looking forward to a fantastic line-up to celebrate our 55th festival, with something for everyone.

Concerts, Dances, Workshops, the Youth Programme, Village Green stalls and more…

Looking for a new logo

2019 will see the 55th Wellington Folk Festival so the committee is looking to refresh our branding.
Our “dancing Wellington boots” have served us well for the last eight or so years but can have negative impressions – especially to anyone who remembers muddy festivals.
So, we’re looking for something to replace the dancing Wellington boots. Something that we can use on the website, Facebook, flyers, posters etc. Something that represents “us” and what the Festival is all about. Something that will hopefully attract the attention of potential new audiences.
We have a lot of talent within the folk community, so this is an invitation to all budding or fully blossomed graphic artists to design us a replacement.

Competition rules

1. Individuals may enter as many designs as they like – in standard jpeg or similar format.
2. All designs will become the property of the Wellington Regional Folk Foundation which runs the festival.
3. The Committee’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
4. The winning entry will be announced on the Festival website and Facebook page with the winner receiving a double pass to the 2019 Festival, with bunks if required.
5. Entries should be emailed to info@wellingtonfolkfestival.org.nz on or before Tuesday 4 June.


Notice of AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Wellington Regional Folk Foundation Inc

Date:    Sunday, 24 March 2019
Time:    3.00pm
Where: Upstairs room, Sprig & Fern, Tinakori Rd, Wellington


  1. Present
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the 2018 AGM
  4. Matters Arising (not covered elsewhere in the agenda)
  5. President’s report
  6. Treasurer’s report
  7. Election of the committee:
    • a. President
    • b. Treasurer
    • c. Secretary
    • d. Committee members (up to 7)
  8. Appointment of the Reviewer
  9. Setting of the subscription
  10. Proposed rule change
  11. General business

Note that if you wish to nominate someone for a committee role who is NOT able to be present at the meeting, you will need to bring with you written confirmation (an email will do) of their willingness to stand.

Notice of Proposed Rule change

Currently, the AGM sets the subscription fee that is payable for the current financial year.  Most members pay their membership fee at the AGM in order to enable them to vote.  However, since the setting of the subscription follows the majority of the AGM business, this can cause confusion and problems.

Rule 8 of the constitution currently says:


A   The Society’s financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December inclusive

B   Subscription rates for each year are set by the Annual General Meeting in that year on the recommendation of the outgoing Committee, though the meeting does not have to follow that recommendation.   They become due immediately they are set.

To clarify matters, it is proposed to amend section B as follows:

B   Subscription rates are set for the following year by the Annual General Meeting on the recommendation of the outgoing Committee, though the meeting does not have to follow that recommendation.   They become due on 1 January of the year following the date on which they were set.  Payment at any point between 1 January and the start of the AGM entitles the member to vote at the AGM.