42nd Cardrona Festival

This year marks our 42nd festival, the longest running festival at the same venue in New Zealand. As usual everything takes place at the historic Cardrona Hall and surrounding reserve, and runs from Friday 20th to Monday 23rd October 2017. This year our guest line-up features the return of one of our most popular UK guests ever, plus 2 other exciting acts from around the South Island.

Guest artists: Robin Laing (Scotland)
Sweet Hurricane (Dunedin)
Imogen Coxhead and Denis Gordon
Jonathan Le Cocq and Tessa White (Christchurch)

Begun over 25 years ago, this has become one of the most popular events at Cardrona and the idea of a bush poetry session has now spread to most other festivals around the country. Each year it is getting longer and better with most of it consisting of hilarious and original material.

This will take the usual format of a traditional “Big Ugly” band which will be fronted by Tessa and Jonathan, with your host Martin Curtis calling dances. All other musicians and dance callers are welcome to join in the evening’s fun – in fact it is absolutely essential that you do.

As always there will be a couple of blackboard concerts, so that all singers and musicians – and children – can get a chance to let us hear a couple of their songs or tunes. Our unaccompanied harmony session in the wee church on Sunday morning is always very popular, with contributions welcome from anyone who has a good chorus song we can join in with. There is always plenty of space and time for jamming sessions. Remember to bring earplugs if you don’t want to hear music in the small hours – after all, this is a folk music festival, and there is always time for “Just One More Chorus.
For further information and bookings contact
Martin & Kay Curtis, Cardrona, RD2, Wanaka.
Tel: 03 443 8152.