Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

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.

Apprenticeship completed at Wellington’s famed Monde Marie Coffee House, Eric became a pillar of folk festivals and their after hours’ sing-alongs up and down the land – and still is within the South Island.

With a classically-trained voice, Eric the ex-choirboy (can you believe it?) has the tonal control to voice a palette as varied as British trad. to soft romantic (McTell’s Nana’s Song), bawdy songs populated with accents (Chastity Belt), sea shanties to folk blues without blowing out his voice.

And it is the folk blues of Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy lighting up the menu tonight, fingerpicked in 1960’s style with his own cadences and embellishments. The on-stage bonhomie and chord runs are all part of Eric’s getting into the zone of performance. And his lack of inhibition is all part of the fun for us!

Eric’s CD ‘Live by Request’ will be available for purchase over the weeeknd.

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