Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

Online Paypal bookings closed Sunday 9th April.

Registration for the weekend and day passes can be purchased at the gate at the festival, sorry no eftpos – cash only

If you have a booking inquiry, or wish to book a powered campsite or bunks please email

Festival Guest Artists

Jenny Mitchell

Overall Intermediate NZ Gold Guitar winner and winner of the MLT Songwriting Awards

Eric McEachen

Blues with personality, or rather, blues with irrepressible personality. That’s Eric McEachen, stalwart of the NZ folk music scene since the late 1960s and still going strong in his 7th decade.

Flora Knight and Sean Donald

Whether it’s a rip roaring ragtime fiddle tune, a mournful country classic, or a sweet and silly waltz played in an old dance hall, in a living room, on a street corner or by a bonfire, Sean and Flora will play til their fingers bleed for whoever will take a minute to stop and listen

The Secret Lives of the Ukelele

From out of the primordial swamps and fault lines of Otautahi-Christchurch The Secret Lives of Ukuleles bring you the future of ukuleles – and cigar box guitars too.


Anna Heinz and Carol Rose have been jamming and performing together for 20 years now, but mostly as two of the five members of the Nelson group Cairde. For many years they have talked about putting together a duo act and here they are, they’ve done it!

Molly’s Remedy

Christchurch-based “MOLLY’S REMEDY” are vibrant and soulful. They mix folk, country and Irish traditional music performing original songs and re-arrangements in an energetic yet sensitive way. Since forming , “Molly’s Remedy” has performed at the CBS Arena, Ingham Lazy Sundays, Greymouth Waitangi Picnic, House Concerts, Folk Clubs and Festivals around the country. Their musical influences include Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor.

Charlotte Yates and ShowPony

Charlotte Yates has recorded six albums of her own, studied contemporary music technology and composition in Australia, produced two Melbourne Fringe Arts Festivals, and was a finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll Award with her iconic song ‘Red Letter’.
Show Pony (Emily Clemett) is a music teacher and musician who has worked both in UK and NZ. Growing up with music, it remains a passion. Sharing her enthusiasm and joy of music and meeting countless incredible and diverse musicians around the globe is a constant inspiration along her musical journey.

All Day Breakfast Stringband

The Montreal-based All Day Breakfast Stringband plays old time music from the southern and midwestern USA. Fiddle, guitar, double bass, banjo, and voices join forces to confirm that the old music is still exhilarating. The band formed gradually through bourbon fuelled jam sessions in Montreal’s many public nature reserves, and solidified with recording sessions, as well as actual concerts for people who don’t spend all of their free time in parks.

John Sanchez-Lloyd and Phil Doublet

A healthy serving of boogie, blues & ballads with self-penned topping John Sanchez-Lloyd: Piano. Phil Doublet: Guitar
John and Phil both enjoy diverse and acclaimed musical careers. They met and began performing and writing as a duo in late 2009 before being introduced to a wider music audience at the 2010 Jazz and Blues Festival.
They released a live album recorded 2011 in concert – Live Ones from The Mussel Inn.

Important Dates:
The Paypal bookings close Sunday 9th April. If you have a booking inquiry after this date please email
2017 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