Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

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. Members Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard offer up a sound rooted in country – style guitar and soaring harmonies woven together at their very fibre, intensified by their on -stage chemistry.

The duo’s familiarity, closeness and authenticity is fuelled by their real life romance, creating a magnetic performance style that captivates their audience time and time again, and has seen them open for the likes of Fly My Pretties, Herbs and Tiny Ruins, and as a featured act at the Auckland Folk Festival.

Having performed together extensively since they bonded during a recording assignment at music school in 2012, Aaron and Amy embarked upon their newest musical endeavour, Looking For Alaska two years ago, and have since worked tirelessly to create a collection of original material, ranging from thigh-slapping, foot-stomping folk sing-alongs, to poignant heart-rending ballads drenched in melancholy.

“Loving, warm and authentic folk that at times makes you want to sing along and dance with an armful of friends –
or sit down in solitude, reminisce and let the music fill you”
Sam Vegar, NZ Musician Magazine

“From upbeat, toe-tapping hooks to warm, wistful harmonies, Looking For Alaska is hard to get out of your head, and for good reason.”
Natasha Thompson, The Gisborne Herald

44th Canterbury Folk Festival, 19-22 April 2019 - a family-friendly weekend featuring the best in acoustic/folk music at the Waipara Adventure Centre, North Canterbury

2019 performer applications have now closed.

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Canterbury Folk Music Festival
P O Box 964, Christchurch 8140
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