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Whitestone Winter Folk Festival

Whitestone Winter Folk Festival

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  • Fri 1 Jun ’12, 3:00pm – 12:00am
  • Sat 2 Jun ’12, 12:00am – 12:00am
  • Sun 3 Jun ’12, 12:00am – 12:00am
  • Mon 4 Jun ’12, 12:00am – 1:00pm


Camp Iona, Tulliemet Rd, Herbert, Oamaru


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $75.00
  • Child: $45.00
  • Day pass (adult): $30.00
  • Day pass (child): $15.00

The Whitestone Winter Folk Festival is held at Camp Iona, Herbert, North Otago and is a great occasion for performers of all ages and skills. The friendliness and fun experienced by all of the 120 or so maximum participants is valued by many who return year after year.

Guests 2012:

The Moroney Family
In the 28 years of their existence, the Moroney Family have played together formerly a mere handful of times. With over 30 years of involvement in folk music, Mike and Bernadette are regularly seen in organising roles while each appearing variously solo, in duos and in a range of bands. Bernadette and daughter, Siobhan were one half of the acclaimed Rhonda and the Ravers while Bernadette was convener and singer with the all-woman Celtic ensemble, Teud. Siobhan was one half of the country/folk duo The Two Cuppucinos and Mike played for many years with The Pioneer Pog 'n' Scroggin Bush Band, and is currently active with Catgut and Steel and The Chaps. This is the first time the three of them come together as a formal festival act.

Catgut & Steel
Catgut & Steel (named for the strings on their instruments) have a sound bigger and fuller than two musicians would normally command - yet they play all their own instruments and use no backing electronica of any kind. Their repertoire is amazingly eclectic from Celtic tunes to contemporary covers, klezmer to country; but always with the strong vocals, harmonies and swinging rhythm styles for which they are renowned.

The duo can often be found in backup roles with other fine artists, both recorded and live; Chris Penman of the Penman family, the award-winning Ben the Hoose, singer/songwriters Bob McNeill and John Egenes and Dunedin acoustic rockers The George Street Patsys to name just a few. Always exciting and unpredictable, Mike and Anna are renowned for their ability to entertain young and old whether it be festivals, concerts, schools, wedding dances or called barn dances. The duo has travelled extensively playing in regularly in Europe as well as around New Zealand.

With over 50 years of playing experience between them (and it's probably only fair to point out that most of those belong to the old fella) Mike and Anna come from diverse musical and geographical backgrounds. Anna was a student of classical violin in Holland where she lived until she emigrated to Australia and eventually, to New Zealand. Mike is Dunedin-born with a background of classical piano, brass and singing and a lifetime of playing in rock bands (which he still does). He's been involved in the New Zealand folk scene since the early eighties playing solo and accompanying countless others. Mike and Anna teamed up through their involvement in the now defunct Pioneer Pog 'n' Scroggin Bush Band. Mike also plays in the internationally renowned acoustic show band, The Chaps

Craig Smith
Craig first picked up the guitar when he was 12. Initially wanting to play the tunes he grew up with it wasn’t long before he was playing the songs of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and various blues artists. This folk, basic rock and blues background still influences his original music today as well other contemporary music. He loves to sing/play the classics and has committed himself to continue to learn and cover more of them. His passion however, to write and perform his original music, continues to grow. His songs are a real eclectic mixture. Lyrical, thought provoking, from the heart and are sometimes humorous. He plays them in a mixture of styles too. Generally they are played in an easy listening, contemporary, folk, blues or even country style. In 2005 he released a self produced album with 13 originals. Recently, he has started to write and perform music for kids. He saw that a lot of kids were going from nursery rhymes to teenage music as they hit the ages of 6-12 and decided to do something about it. He is excited to see how far he can go with my music and indeed see if he can make a living from doing something that he loves to do.

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