The Auckland Folk Festival will be back this summer with an interesting, both ethnically and gender diverse line-up of local and international artists. New Zealand’s biggest annual grassroots folk music gathering will take place again at the Kumeu Showgrounds, over Auckland Anniversary Weekend, January 25-28, 2018.
Featured in the second line up announcement:
- Finn Andrews (The Veils)
- The Maes (Aus)
- Sophie & Fiachra (Ireland/Canada)
- The Jews Brothers Band
- Tui Mamaki
- Nigel Parry
- Rough Town
The family-friendly festival showcases folk musicians from around New Zealand and the world to entertain guests of all ages. Festival goers can enjoy a full weekend of concerts, dances and educational workshops, all within the boundaries of the Kumeu Showgrounds, situated just a short drive northwest of Auckland city.
Get your tickets to the festival here.
With a new breed of NZ folk artists enjoying international attention the festival has also been evolving in recent years, drawing in a younger generation of fans who appreciate those authentic modern songwriters, as well as more traditional folk and dance.
The Auckland Folk Festival provides opportunities for the artists and attendees alike to share their own music and celebrations with like-minded people from all cultures.
Sustainability is at the forefront of festival organisers’ decisions with recycling stations and a no-rubbish policy. Set in a spacious rural environ, the festival supports local businesses by using their services where possible. All tickets include camping.
Get to know the artists!
Since signing a record deal at the tender age of 16, Finn Andrews and his band The Veils have released 5 albums together. Andrews took some time out to begin work on his first solo album, 'One Piece At A Time', right here in Auckland.
Award-winning Melbourne duo The Maes are sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby.
The Maes present their startlingly fresh take on Australian contemporary folk music, incorporating intricate instrumental arrangements on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar, through powerful original songs and breathtaking harmonies.
Described as “invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra's sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie, the uilleann piping and Banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan from Ireland. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.
With deep roots in klezmer music, over time the Jews Brothers have turned towards the fun and comedy schtick that has always been a part of Yiddish-American music and theatre. With jazz-style improvisation and swing rhythms added to the mix and an emphasis on interesting and charming vocal arrangements the band is in a sense re-inventing the genre.
Tui Mamaki is a vocal explorer, performer, composer/arranger, born in France, raised in Aotearoa/NZ and currently residing in Bulgaria. She can thank her musically adventurous troubadour family for giving her a taste for sounds from far-away places. In following her voice, she has travelled to Pay Basque, India and the Balkans to study traditional vocal techniques and repertoire.
Fables are a musical ensemble from the outskirts of Auckland. Fronted by Jess Bailey and accompanied by a cast of many talents, Fables produce a gentle and heartfelt indie-folk sound which could warm even the coldest of hearts.
RhodeWorks are an award-winning bluegrass folk band who play fast-paced, high-energy folk music, presenting a set of traditional and well-loved bluegrass alongside their original material. Brothers Laurence (17), Sam (15) and Nate (12) present soulful vocal harmonies and fiery instrumentals. Largely self-taught multi-instrumentalists, they love nothing more than heading to the workshop to craft their own instruments.
Described by a radio presenter as "one of the finest traditional folk artists in NZ", Nigel Parry's unique mix of contemporary, traditional and early music relies heavily on his vocal arrangements. An award winning songwriter, Nigel’s music connects intimately with the 'folk' - people, their lives and struggles, their causes and stories, ties with the land, links with the past and hopes for the future.
Originz are a 15-piece fusion band, featuring an array of instruments from bagpipes, bass and percussion to trumpets and voice. Their sound has to be heard to be believed: Imagine African rhythms meeting Celtic music, mixed up into a wild sound that is loud, proud and unbowed.
Rough Town is a new project formed especially for the Auckland Folk Festival. Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Tim Chia, Caleb Chia, Adam Ogle and Emily Roughton, who coincidentally all have been past recipients of the Frank Winter Memorial Award, Rough Town have joined forces to explore a fresh and vibrant side of folk music, combining the traditional style with an exploding beat and unmistakeable flair.