Canterbury Folk Festival

A Family Festival of Music

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.

The sound is warm, played mostly on acoustic instruments with flashing instrumental embellishment from Read on Dobro, mandolin and even banjo, from Steve on guitar and mandolin and Lawrence on dobro and guitar. The songs themselves spring from the life and history of Southern New Zealand.

Let’s go racing like we used to
Down the back roads out of Gore
‘72 HQ Holden Kingswood

The band name derives from a satirical look at one of our more celebrated unwanted organisms.

Busted a leg on the Haast Highway
Got knocked flat at Rangipo
Nearly got buried alive at Clyde
When some fool tried to pour concrete in the hole I was digging
The Streets of Old Cromwell

The group emerged from Wednesday night sessions at Steve’s place. Read and Richard had both been members of the Dunedin bluegrass band Valley Bluegrass while Steve and Read are long time musical buddies having played together in many bands over the years. Lawrence fronts his own blues trio The Cartwrights.

Richard Dingwall (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Read Hudson (guitar, Dobro, mandolin, bass) and Steve Barkman (guitar, mandolin, bass) with Lawrence O’Callaghan (lead guitar, bass).

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
ph: 027-454-3885