Friday Night



7.30pm – 10pm

A great experience for the whole family.

We open the night with a Ceilidh dance, which is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering with Gaelic music and dancing.

The Festival Band will include Russell Gillies, Sophia Bidwell, Tessa White, Simon Uprichard and Alex Bidwell on guitar, accordion, fiddle, bodhran and cello. However don’t be surprised to see other guests artists add their flair into the mix. The caller for the night will be Vic McDonald, a well established ceilidh caller who will lead us through some cheerful and lively dances.

A fantastic way to warm up the first night of the festival….. and stay on for more dancing with Secret Lives of Ukulele the ukulele extravaganza. A genre-busting Mash-up of everything
you ever hoped for in a Ukulele Big Band.


Late Night Concert

10pm – late.

Secret Lives of Ukulele are a Multi-Genre Ukulele Extravaganza from Otautahi-Christchurch.

A visual and audio spectacular; a funky-punky-folky party mix of the uniquely original and the surprisingly familiar. A Genre Busting Mash-up of everything you ever hoped for in a Ukulele Big Band!

The band could mention such recent “triumphs” at the Christchurch Buskers Festival kicking off the “Festival  Gala Event” at the Isaac Theatre Royal, however, you will have the chance to enjoy the hum at the Friday late-night dance as this ukulele extravaganza bring dance moving music where enthusiasm and passion meet the vibes.

Nothing if not eclectic “The Secret Lives of Ukuleles” play everything from Glam/Country/Reggae/Indie-pop and beyond!

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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

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