Full Line Up For Southern Fork Americana Fest Announced!


The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork is proud to announce the return of the Southern Fork Americana Fest 2018, back for its fifth year in Auckland! Today, The Tuning Fork are thrilled to share the stellar line up for New Zealand's biggest Americana fest!

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This year's line-up features our favourite Americana/blues and folk artists from around the world including; rising Nashville star Margo Price, blues legend Tony Joe White, NY-based singer and guitarist Steve Gunn, folk traditionalist Willie Watson, country singer Courtney Marie Andrews, Tui-Award winner Reb Fountain, psychedelic-folk troubadour Arthur Ahbez, NZ's favourite string band The Eastern, Christchurch treasure and fellow Tui-Award winner Holly Arrowsmith, introspective alt/folk songwriter Emily Fairlight and folk wordsmith Tom Cunliffe.



Margo Price

"One of the most compelling country talents to come out of Nashville" (Vulture). Margo Price's most recent release, All American Made was written alongside partner/husband Jeremy Ivey and unapologetically depicts the trials of ever day life, politics and sexism. It was hailed as "a potential classic," by Pitchfork and Rolling Stone praised its "amazingly vivid songcraft". Passing up on a more slicker, polished sound, Price has been lauded for her commitment to the grit and honesty in her music.

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Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White's new blues-based album, Bad Mouthin', comes straight from the swamps with its blend of classics and five White originals, including two of the first songs he wrote just before penning his breakthrough hits Polk Salad Annie and A Rainy Night In Georgia in 1967. The Jody White produced album is a testament to the 75-year-old artist's versatility and deep southern roots.

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Courtney Marie Andrews

Courtney Marie Andrews played her first NZ show in July 2017 following the success of her album Honest Life. The crowd described Courtney's performance as "exquisite", and "utterly brilliant". Earlier this year, Courtney revealed May Your Kindness Remain a record dedicated to the people she met on the road. UK's Guardian gave the album 5 stars, describing it as "a brilliant record, proof that old forms can still be timeless."

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 Steve Gunn

Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. Close listening reveals the influence of blues, folk, ecstatic free jazz, and psych in his continually unfolding output. In 2016 Steve released, Eyes On The Lines, his first album for Matador Records which the Washington Post called, "so intimate and so mysteriously distant all at once".
Willie Watson
For nearly 2 decades Willie Watson has been making modern folk music rooted in older traditions. Folksinger Vol. 2, produced by David Rawlings, carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs.
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Friday, Oct 5 - Willie Watson + Holly Arrowsmith

Saturday, Oct 6 - Steve Gunn + Arthur Ahbez

Wednesday, Oct 10 - Tony Joe White

Friday, Oct 12 - Reb Fountain + Tom Cunliffe

Saturday, Oct 13 - The Eastern + Emily Fairlight

Wednesday, Oct 17 - Margo Price + Courtney Marie Andrews

Southern Fork presale: Thursday, August 16
Southbound presale: Friday, August 17
Ticketmaster presale: Monday, August 20
General Public: Tuesday, August 21

To once again offer enthusiasts the chance to see more acts and to encourage music fans to discover new artists, the festival will have a special ticket pricing scheme, enabling them to receive discounts on multiple ticket purchases.


The Tuning Fork, 95bFM and Undertheradar present
Southern Fork
Americana Fest 2018
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster HERE
Written By: Radio13