Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

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.

Neil describes himself as a survivor from the Late Jurassic Period of Dunedin Folk Music, with diverse tastes in folk(ish) music, ranging from Arlo Guthrie to Flanders and Swann. Also a fan of Tom Paxton, The Corries and Fred Dagg, all of whose songs he has been known to attempt in public. And he has written the odd song and poem himself. He will sing something in Russian if he has a heavy enough cold at the time.
The emphasis is very much on humour, with occasional forays into the thoughtful and the romantic.


In recent years he has taken up the English concertina, on which he plays Irish and Scottish music at sessions. He doesn’t normally play it on stage, though he was startled at last year’s Waimate Folk Festival to find himself thrust into the role of lead player for the ugly at the Saturday night dance. And he has been the accordionist for Dunedin’s Jack Frost Morris side over the last seven or eight years.

He lives with Sandra in a 3-storey house near Lookout Point in southwest Dunedin, along with their daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren, two cats and five chooks.

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
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