2016 Festival

Our 2016 guests …

The Frank Burkitt Band2016-guest-frank-burkitt-band

Playing a range of contemporary Bluegrass and original songwriting songs Frank draws on his Celtic Heritage fused with American musical traditions to create his own unique sound.

The Frank Burkitt Band consists of a 5 piece string band with Singer Songwriter Frank Burkitt on lead Vocals and Guitar, Kara Filbey on backing Vocals, James Geluk on Bass, Cameron Dusty Burnell on Mandolin and Krissy Jackson on Fiddle. 

Have a listen … Frank Burkitt Band music
See what they’re up to Frank Burkitt Band on Facebook
Frank Burkitt Band website



WAI.TAI is a collective of musicians under the direction of Robyn Kamira who writes and arranges songs and tunes in both Te Reo Maori and English, and fuses them with World music.

Musicians for each concert are selected from around the country to ensure that the best mix of instruments and styles come together for the occasion. They’re the same sets with musicians bringing their own beautifully different flavours!

Oparau’s lineup is Robyn Kamira (guitar and banjo-uke), Krissy Jackson (fiddle) and Janet Muggeridge (mandolin).

Listen to their latest track “Hoea” here: https://youtu.be/4fkE_ZOdWjg
Listen to snippets of their EP here: http://www.waitaimusic.nz/music
See their website here: http://www.waitaimusic.nz/
Go to their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/waitaimusic/


2016 Festival pics

Friday night blackboard concert… meal times … childrens’ concert … gumboot swim … Saturday night concert …


Photos by Carol Knutson and Simon Travaglia (see more of Simon’s photos on Facebook).

Photos also at www.facebook.com/oparaufestival