Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

2018 Festival Guest Artists

Jessie Fenton

We are thrilled to reveal the depth of talent that will shine as guest artist this year – firstly the dynamic and energetic performance poet Jessie Fenton from Auckland

Mark and Cindy Lemaire

Announcing our second guest artists from the USA, Mark and Cindy Lemaire

Neil Copeland

Neil Copeland, stalwart of the Dunedin Folk Club, will be balancing his breadth and depth of expertise in folk lore alongside a sense of humour to shine on stage delightfully sharing music from his diverse and eclectic tastes.

Andrew Lockwood

Andrew is a UK based solo artist performing mainly acoustic originals; songs of life, love and the human condition inspired by his time within the Melbourne musical community and travels on the road.


Hailing from Auckland, this alternative folk trio has a distinctive style of catchy melodies, poly-rhythms, and tight-knit, complex vocal harmonies. Their vintage sound is reminiscent of CSN and Joni Mitchell.

The Wilding Pines

The Wilding Pines are a Dunedin string band featuring the song writing of Richard Dingwall and the instrumental virtuosity of Steve Barkman, Read Hudson and Lawrence O`Callaghan.

Dave Flynn

From Ireland guest artist Dave Flynn – Guitarist/Composer

Described as ‘a masterful guitarist’ in Sing Out! Magazine, Flynn’s unique style draws on his experience in many different styles including classical, folk, jazz and popular music.


From Australia we bring you Lux Nomad

UKE NOMAD play original and contemporary Jazz/Folk/Soul featuring a Barron River Tenor and Bass Ukuleles.

Lisa Tui, Jillie Toogood and Alastair Wallace

Lisa merges genres from her broad background in music from African American Gospel, Pop, Jazz, Blues to Music Theatre and Country – composing each song with its’ story and characters voice at the core. Her festival ensemble delivers a arrange of moods from epic to reflective, catchy to transporting and gutsy.

Joining Lisa Tui for the folk festival is vocalist Jillie Toogood and double bass player Alastair Wallace.

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska, Hamilton will be bringing their cool groove to share with us as the last guest artist announced for the 2018 festival.

Like two weary vagabonds hitch -hiking along the open road with nothing but a guitar and a suitcase of songs and wayward memories, pop-folk duo Looking For Alaska are ready to set the folk scene alight

Important Dates:
Pre-weekend bookings close on Tuesday 27 March, following this cash door sales are available. If you have a booking inquiry please email
2018 Performer applications are now closed.

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Thank you for your interest in the Canterbury Folk Music Festival. If you require any additional information about the event or how to apply, please contact us:

Canterbury Folk Music Festival
P O Box 964, Christchurch 8140
ph: 027-454-3885