Plenty of music in the Bay

High time I wrote a little something about a music festival I was at recently – the Tauranga & Katikati Acoustic Music Festival, 21-22 Feb.

This is a totally relaxed event with just one smallish stage, set in a nice little lifestyle orchard just north of Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty. That doesn’t mean you’re short changed on the music front, and at just $25 its quite a bargain (WOMAD is five times the festival but ten times the price, and that’s before you get stung for the camping).

Speaking of camping (quite a few festival-goers do), you get to pitch up in the orchard within easy earshot (and if you are lucky sight) of the stage. Facilities are minimal (tap and portaloos) but a coffee cart and food stall popped up on the saturday.

On stage at the Tauranga Festival - photo Ian Barr

On stage at the Tauranga Festival – photo Ian Barr

The event starts friday night with a blackboard concert. Several hours entertainment from people I knew and others I didn’t, but a high standard. A nice mixture too, of solo performers, duos and more, from folk and early music to the odd country standard. The stage finishes after 9pm but the music doesn’t; for the stayers there’s plenty of time to jam around the camping, or better still join the circle in lovely hosts Paul and Penny’s garage. That went on for ages both evenings.

Saturday afternoon and evening was the time for day trippers and main acts. Quite a line up too; Owen Hugh, Rachel Dawick, Bev Young, Hobnail were all great and there were local performers in the gaps – also very good. The published programme was a little out though so I missed one performer who started earlier than I expected.

Hardly ever seen Lake Taupo so calm and peaceful - just had to go in for a dip.

Hardly ever seen Lake Taupo so calm and peaceful – just had to go in for a dip.

The music and the experience were great all weekend. The rain didn’t make any difference to us (although it gave the togs a rinse after swimming in Lake Taupo on the way up).

The jamming in the garage was great. Also it was nice to see guest Owen Hugh jamming with everyone so much, and even Hobnail for a while.

There is a nice mix of familiar faces from the folk festival circuit, new faces / friends and local attendees.

A lovely setting for a day and a half of nice acoustic music. One for next year’s calendar.

About Nigel Parry Music

Described by a radio presenter as; 'one of the finest traditional folk artists in NZ', Nigel Parry's unique mix of singer / songwriter, traditional and early folk music relies heavily on his vocal arrangements. Hailing from the UK, he was originally a rock singer and turned to folk music through friends, historical events and real ale. Nigel now lives near Wellington and in the last 4 years has performed at folk events and music venues around New Zealand, festivals and live on radio and in the UK, France and Canada.
This entry was posted in Festivals / events, Live performance and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

I would love to hear your comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s