2015 Festival

Oparau Acoustic Festival 2015 – another rip-snorter.

November 13 and 14, 2015


Saturday night concert

Three fabulous acts for our listening and dancing pleasure Saturday night!

Skiffy Rivets

OAF2015-SaturdayConcert-SkiffyRivetsWhat are SKIFFY RIVETS you ask?
A rich Americana stock which varies enormously in consistency and taste in different regions. Each meal is unique and you’ll never get tired of it.

* Americana – generous dob
* Folk – big handful
* Swing – spoonfuls
* Bluegrass – according to taste
* Country – for garnish
* Blues – for garnish

Pete Parnham, Sue Tearne, Holly Carrington, and Steve Gerrish.



OAF2015-SaturdayConcert-JahnaJahna are an Acoustic duo consisting of two NZ songwriters Pete Fountain and Mark Tupuhi. 20 years of gigging, recording and songwriting have seen both artists develop as spectacularly engaging, honest and heartfelt performers in their own right, once you add the two together in the same place with instruments, well, thats where the magic happens.

Both began their careers as songwriters in Hamilton and have since gone on to critical acclaim and have extensive back catalogs as both Jahna and in their own individual solo work. Pete Fountain is now based in the Bay Of Plenty and gigs with his band “A Beautiful Thing” and Mark is in Hamilton currently producing music for Mutchison Hiller Records.

Both feel most comfortable as Acoustic Folk artists and that is really only something you can experience by seeing them live.

You might like to visit their soundcloud page for music and info and find video and various details at the Facebook page:

Township KwelasOAF2015-SaturdayConcert-TownshipKwelas

Township Kwelas pays homage to the beautiful sounds of Kwela music and other african styles.

‘Kwela’ comes from the zulu word meaning ‘get up’. It is used to describe the irresistible blend of jive/swing that developed in the South African townships during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and the traditional penny whistle melodies.


Ruth – clarinet and Baritone saxophone, Libby – Alto saxophone, Thabani – Tenor saxophone, Bob – Trumpet, Jeremy – Drums, Tristan – Guitar, Eamon – Bass




2015 festival pics

Friday night blackboard concert… Saturday campsite … childrens’ concert … drum making workshop … gumboot swim … Saturday night concert …

Photos by Carol Knutson.

There are also photos on Facebook – www.facebook.com/oparaufestival