2011 Festival

Held 11th & 12th November, 2011
With a full Moon! The festival had a Full moon! Aaaooooo werewolves of Oparau, aoooooooo!”

Friday night, 11th November
The festival began Friday with a blackboard concert, where anyone keen to make music is welcome on-stage.

Saturday 12th November – was a great day
Gumboot swim at high tide – famous stream race for a pair of coveted Red Band gumboots! In the afternoon there was a wonderful Kids concert and the “Double Dangerous” workshop. Folk will also be rambling around camp enjoying the Oparau air, relaxin and probably jammin. 7.30pm main concert – info about featured guests below… followed by bonfire and random jamming.

“Double Dangerous” songwriting workshop
The songwriters workshop is now gonna be Double Dangerous with Sarita Murdoch teaming up with Paul Symons! These guys are both amazing songwriters! Who knows, there may be some magic and they’ll write one on the spot!

Featured guests Saturday concert

Dave Alley & Dave Khan

The Two Daves
Our loved Dave Alley and Dave Khan.
Playing a wide variety of music but mostly of a bluesy, bluegrass, folksy nature. Both Daves sing. Khan plays guitar, violin and mandolin while Alley plays slide guitar, standard guitars, harmonica and stomp box.

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

Hamilton singer/songwriter who has recorded with such luminaries as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Dave McArtney (Hello Sailor). He also played guitar for well known Californian folk singer Julie Felix, and toured with Stevie Ray Vaughan.
http://www.amplifier.co.nz/artist/29122/chris_thompson.html and http://www.expdev.net/htownwiki/index.php/Chris_Thompson

Melanie Lina
Melanie LinaPianist Melanie Hadley Lina arrived from the United States just under one year ago to marry her husband, a native New Zealander. Praised for her ‘lyrical sound, refined nuances, and poetic depth of performance’, Melanie has appeared as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician across the US, as well in Russia, Germany, Eastern Europe, and Portugal.

She is a prizewinner of numerous competitions, and has been awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion by President Clinton, for Achievement in the Arts. Prior to moving country, she lived in Los Angeles, where she maintained a private piano studio of 35 pupils. Melanie continues to teach in New Zealand, both privately and at St. Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton. Her 2012 season includes soloist engagements with the Hutt Valley Orchestra, Northland Sinfonia and Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra of Hamilton, in addition to recitals across the North Island.

For her Oparau Festival appearance, Melanie will be presenting an appealing program of classical works and popular American piano music, finishing with the Four Hand arrangement of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, performed with pianist Kevin Hanna.

# Once again, Kevin Hanna, local piano restorer, will be donating a fabulous acoustic piano for the Festival. Look for Kevin to make a cameo appearance during the performance by Melanie Lina (those who attended 2010 will know they won’t wanna miss this!)


All New Zealand Silver Medal Barbershop Quartet will be shaving eardrums as part of the Saturday evening main event this year. Sure to please.

What a great show!



Other stuff that was great at Oparau Acoustic Festival 2011…



2011 Bonfire

The awesome bonfire

Two Daves

Hangin with The Two Daves


Swimming for gumboots!


Lott’s fantastic parachute stage backdrop

The good-looking, great sounding Gridlocks

Camping with friends


Music by bonfire