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Directory of New Zealand Folk and Acoustic Clubs


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NZ Uilleann Pipers Association
President: Greg Waite, 38 Calder Ave., Northeast Valley, Dunedin
Phone: 03 473 6967
Email: greg.waite@stonebow.otago.ac.nz
Alternative contact: Sean Connolly, 11 Duke Street, Riverhead, Auckland 1250
Phone: (09) 412 2104
Updated: 13/3/2007

See also:
Guitar Association of New Zealand
NZ Morris


North Island


Kerikeri Folk Music Club
Contacts: Richard and Denise Nawisielski
Phone: (09)407 8839
Email: Nawisielski@xtra.co.nz
When: 1st Tuesday each month 7:30 pm.
Where: Bishops Wood Boutique Distillery, 1329 SH 10, Kerikeri
Updated: 15/8/2009


Whangarei Folk Music Club
Contact: Dave Smith
Phone: (09) 436 3003
Email: bodhran.dave@gmail.com
When: Every 3rd Friday each month; 7.30pm
Where: Kamo Soccer Club, 595 Kamo Rd, Kamo, Whangarei.
Updated: 21/4/2013

Whangarei Acoustic Music Club - WHAM
What: Folk, bluegrass, . Informal session for first hour, then ingaround.#39;Showcase' by arrangement. Free admission - musicians and listeners all very welcome.
When: 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month 7pm
Where: The Corner Bar, Kamo Hotel, Kamo
Contact: Ella and Ian Goodsman
Phone: 09 437 6461
Email: lynnbearsall@gmail.com
Added: 15/9/2013


Whangateau Hall Folk Music and Social Club
What: "Because I'm a bluegrass musician, our club nights lean pretty heavily in that direction, but we are certainly open to all music that follows under the folk umbrella."
When: Once a month. See website for details
Where: Whangateau Hall,531 Leigh Road, Whangateau.
Contact: Jenine Abarbanel
Email: jenine@torkington.com
Phone: (09) 422 6715
Mobile: 021 428 568
Website: http://www.whangateau.co.nz
Added: 7/7/15


Hibiscus Coast Folk Music Club
When: Third Tuesday, each month from 7:30 pm.
Where: Orewa Tennis Club building in Victor Eves Park at the north end of Orewa; entrance to the park is near 87 Florence Avenue, Orewa.
Who: Paul Jonson
Phone: 027 561 9876
Email: singnuke@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.hcfc.co.nz
Added: 11/5/2014


The Auckland Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Club
Contact: President: Keith Hollis
Email: bluegrass@slingshot.co.nz
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday Wednesday every month at 8pm (except January)
Where: The Bunker, Mount Victoria, Devonport
Webpage: http://www.AucklandBluegrass.co.nz
Updated: 30/8/2010

Thirsty Dog Acoustic Folk Club
Contact: Swigger (Al Stacy) 021 042 0819
Where: The Thirsty Dog Tavern and Cafe - 469 Karangahape Rd (corner of K. Rd & Howe St) Ponsonby, Auckland. Ph 09-377 9190.
When: First and third Sunday of the month 3 - 6pm Put your name down to perform (2 songs) in the first half. Booked guest act in the 2nd half.

City of Auckland Morris Dancers
Contact: Andy Smith
Phone: 09 361 2133
Address: 39 Wood Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1011
Email: andysmith@clear.net.nz
Meets Thursdays 7:30pm
Where: Anglican Church Hall, 169 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie
Web page: http://www.geocities.com/aucklandmorris
Updated: 2/8/2007

Devonport Folk Music Club
Contact: Hilary Condon or Roger Giles
Phone: 09-445-2227
Email: realmusic@xtra.co.nz
When: Monday nights weekly, and some Sundays
Where: the Bunker, Mt Victoria, Devonport
Website: www.devonportfolkmusic.co.nz
Updated 28/7/2016

Titirangi Folk Music Club
Who: Ian Bartlett
Phone: (09) 813 2305
Address: P O Box 20176, Glen Eden, Waitakere 0641.
Email: secretary@titirangilivemusic.co.nz
Web Page: http://www.titirangilivemusic.co.nz
Where: Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Rd.
When: Usually 2 x Saturdays and 1 x Friday per month
Updated: 15/9/2013

East Coast Folk Club
Where: Torbay Senior Citizens Social Centre, behind main Torbay shops at 37 Watea Road
When: 8:00 pm, first Friday of each month - except January
Admission: General admission $7.00; College students $5.00; Performers $5.00
Format: Casual performers during first halt with featured guest in the second half
Notes: No alcohol permitted at this hired venue.
Web page: https://sites.google.com/site/eastcoastfolkclub/home
Contact: Bob Uhe
Phone: (09) 426 3588
Email: r.uhe@xtra.co.nz
Added: 12/10/15


Athena Group (Greek Dancing)
Who: Ann Dugmore 07 5781919 or Gabrielle 07 5433229
Phone: (07) 579 9903
Where: Gate Pa School, 900 Cameron Road, Tauranga
When: Mondays 7 - 9 9m
Added: 9/2/2018

Tauranga International Dance Group
Now defunct.
Added: 9/2/2018

Tauranga Acoustic Music Club (formerly Tauranga Folk Club)
Contact: Paul Lethbridge
Phone: (07) 5792346
Email: paul.plm@xtra.co.nz
When: 2nd Tuesday 7.30pm and 4th Sunday 1pm each month. Jam every Tue
Where: The Otumotei Trust Bar Bureta rd, Tauranga
Web page: http://www.tamc.org.nz
Updated: 24/10/2012


Dance Folkus International Folkdancing
Contact: Fiona Murdoch
Phone: 07 843 7127
Email: fionamurdoch@paradise.net.nz
Address: PO Box 528, Hamilton.
When: Thursdays 7:30 - 9:30 pm.
Where: St. Stephen's Hall, 2 Mahoe Street, Melville, Hamilton
Updated: 14/3/2007

Hamilton Acoustic Music Club
Contact: Mikee Cameron-Walker
Phone: (021) 262 4810
Email: hamc.announce@gmail.com
Address: PO Box 359, Hamilton.
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 8pm
Where: Nivara Lounge, 266 Victoria St. Hamilton
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hamiltonacousticmusicclub
Updated: 19/3/2015

"Celtica" Dance Club (Ceilidh Dancers)
What: Social evenings with a celtic flavour
Where: St Stephen's Hall, 2 Mahoe Street Melville, Hamilton
When: 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:30 pm
Contact: Fiona Murdoch
Phone: (07) 843 7127
Address: PO Box 528, Hamilton.
Email: fionamurdoch@paradise.net.nz
Updated: 14/3/2007

Te Aroha Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Where: The Old Courthouse Arts Centre, Rewi Street, Te Aroha
When: Contact to confirm.
Contact: Phil Garland
Email: pgarland@xtra.co.nz
Added: 15/7/15


Katikati Folk Club
Where: Bowling Club, Park Road (Off beach Road)
When: A Friday each month (a moveable feast - so check first)
Contact: Christine Donehue
Phone: (07) 549 1652
14 Church Street, Katikati 3129, Bay of Plenty
Email: camellia@pcconnect.co.nz
Webpage: http://katikatifolkclub.co.nz
Updated: 15/9/2013


Acousticity Rotorua
Murray Clark
Phone: 07 347 1872
Mobile: 0210 274 1639
Where: Pheasant Plucker Pub, 1153 Arawa St., Rotorua.
When: Every Tuesday evening 08:30 pm
What: "Open mic". Name on the whiteboard to have a go.
Updated 2/9/2008


TRAAMPS (Three Rivers [Almost] Acoustic Music, Poems Society)
Where: The Band Room, Childers Rd (next to Tyre General)
When: Every second Saturday, 2:00 pm.
Who: John Newsham
Phone: (06) 868 9658
Email: mailto:newshamj@xtra.co.nz
What: Acoustic music, and occasional poems.
Updated: 21/4/2013


Heart of the Sun Morris
Contact: Gordon Hills
Phone: (06) 875 0129
Address: 28 Kuku Street, Te Awanga, Hawkes Bay
Email: gordon@ncs.co.nz
When: Thursdays 7 pm.
Where: The homestead at Keirunga Gardens, Pufflett Road, Havelock North.
Updated: 14/3/2007

The Paper Mulberry Café and Art Gallery
Phone: (06) 856 8688
Email: GLAD@xtra.co.nz
When: Occasional concerts
Added: 14/3/2007



Phoenix Morris
Contact: Janet Fleury
Phone: (06) 758 4709
Address: 15 French Street, New Plymouth 4310
When: Second Sunday of each month, 5 pm. (Phone first.)
Where: West End Scout Hall, Bonithon Street
Updated 14/3/2007


Palmerston North Folk Music Club
Contact: Lesley van Essen
Phone: (06) 355 9076
Email: palmyfolkclub@gmail.com
Where: Theosophical Hall, 304 Church Street
When: Every Friday 8pm.
Web page: http://pnfolkclub.weebly.com/
Updated: 15/9/2013

The Bent Horseshoe Cafe Sunday sessions
Contact: Steve Tolley
Phone: (06) 329 8808
Email: rob_steve@xtra.co.nz
Where: The Bent Horseshoe Cafe, Horseshoe Bend, Tokomaru,10 minutes from Palmerston North.
When: Sundays, 4:00 pm.
What: "At about 4pm a few musicians turn up and have a bit of a play and a sing. Anyone is welcome to come along either to just listen or to participate.Any style of music is ok but it does seem to be mostly Folk at the moment."
Added: 2/9/2008

Rosewood Morris Dancers
Contact: Rob Freeman
Email: Rob.Freeman@fire.org.nz
Phone: (06) 353 6697
Mobile: 021 101 9315
When: Thursdays, 8:00 pm.
Where: Cook Street Firestation.
Notes: We welcome musicians interested in playing for live performances.
Updated: 14/3/2007


Levin Folk Music Club
When: 2nd Friday of each month, 7:30 pm (except January)
Notes: Acoustic Circle 4th Friday each month (Scottish Hall)
Where: Horowhenua Scottish Society Hall, Cnr Bartholomew Road and Middlesex Street
Contact: Dale Webb
Phone: (06) 368 6001
Email: dalewebb@clear.net.nz
Web Site:
Updated: 7/7/15


Wairarapa Folk Club
Contact: Jenny Freemantle or Remco de Ket
Phone: 06 370 1021
Email: wairarapafolkclub@paradise.net.nz
What: Informal Singaround Session
Where: 251 Falloon Settlement Road, RD8, Masterton 5888 (Second Friday of each month)
And: The Lounge Wine and Tapa Bar, 83 High Street North, Carterton (Fourth Wednesday of each month)
Updated: 10/3/2009


Acoustic Routes (Wellington Folk Centre Inc.)
Contact: Pamela Nunn
Phone: (04) 5504912
Email: president@acousticroutes.org.nz
Where: Roseneath School, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath
When: 4th Thursday of the month. Gigs start at 7.30 pm and entry charges vary.
Web page: http://www.acousticroutes.org.nz/
Updated: 12/5/2014

Britannic Bedlam Morris Gentlemen
Contact: Keith Riach
Phone: (04) 298 3821
Mobile: 022 383 4123
email: squireofbedlam@gmail.com
When: Wednesday 8pm (Meal on 1st Wednesday of month)
Where: Tawa Pipe Band Hall, Redwood Station, Tawa
Web page: https://sites.google.com/site/nzmorrisdancing/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Britannic-Bedlam-Morris-Gentlemen/170407959663743
Updated: 19/03/2015

Tawa Folk Club
Contact: Peter Appleton
Address: 77 Campbell Street, Karori, Wellington 6012
When: Wednesday 8pm (Meal on 1st Wednesday of month)
Where: Tawa Pipe Band Hall, Redwood Station, Tawa
Updated: 14/7/2015

Ceol Alba (Scottish Music Group)
Contact: Lynne Scott
Phone: (04) 565 0164
Email: lynne@scott.gen.nz
When: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, 7:30 pm
Where: School House, Chilton Saint James School,Lower Hutt

Kapiti Live Music Club
When: 1st Wednesday of the month (except December and January) 7:30 pm
Where: 13 Ihakara St Paraparaumu
Who: Gary Allen
Address: KLMC Inc., c/o Dean Murray P.D.C, Manakau, Horowhenua 5573
Email: enquiry@klmc.org.nz
Web page: http://www.klmc.org.nz
Updated: 15/9/2013

Mainly Acoustic Upper Hutt
Contact: Kevin Meehan
Phone: (04) 970 4008
Email: harrier@paradise.net.nz
Where: Mayfair Cafe, 116 Main Street, Upper Hutt
When: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Updated: 11/5/2014

NZ Morris Dancing Web Sites and Email Directory
Who: David Barnes
Email: david.barnes@xtra.co.nz
Address: PO Box 56 086, Tawa, Wellington 5249
Website: http://www.morrisdancing.org.nz
Updated: 20/3/2015

Pukerua Bay Folk Club
Contact: Murray and Julie Kilpatrick
Phone: (04) 239 9951
Email: julmur@paradise.net.nz
When: 1st Thursday of month, 8 pm. (not January)
Where: 9 Donlin Rd., Pukerua
What: A sing around, often with a guest performer during the second half. Very informal and low key.
Updated: 14/3/2007

Capital Blues Inc. - A Roomfulla Blues
Where: Hotel Bristol, 131-133 Cuba Mall, Wellington
When: Every Thursday night
Gig guides: http://captitalblues.co.nz
Club contacts: http://capitalblues.co.nz/contact-us/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Capital.Blues.Inc.Roomfulla.Blues
Notes: No cover charge for your weekly dose of blues and roots music.
Updated: 12/10/2015

Wellington Bluegrass Society
Contact: Andrew Bicknell
Phone: (04) 477 0069
Address: 36 Beazley Avenue, Paparangi, Wellington 6037
Email: bluegrass@paradise.net.nz
When: 3rd Friday of the month, at 8.30pm
Where: 54 Richmond St, Petone
Website: http://www.wellingtonbluegrass.net.nz
Updated: 31/5/2012

White Rose of Wellington (Women's Morris)
Who: Amanda Longworth
Phone: 021 2422990
Email: whiterosemorris@gmail.com
When: Wednesday 7:30pm
Where: Redwood Hall, Redwood Ave, Tawa
Web page: http://whiterosemorris.wix.com/wr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/White-Rose-of-Wellington/129620670445896
Updated: 19/03/2015

South Island


Acoustic Routes
When: Concert, Second Sunday of the month (except January)
Where: Yaza's Cafe, Montgomery Sq, Nelson.
Format: Most concert nights involve an open mic section at the start and a guest spot in the second half. Guests range from locals to overseas acts and are booked quite well in advance.
Who: Anna Heinz
Phone: (03) 546 7262
Email: anna.heinz@ncg.school.nz
Cost: Standard cost is $10 or $7 for club members - sometimes cost rises to pay a particular act.
Updated: 15/9/2013

Ragged Crow Morris Dancers
When: Every Thursday at 7.15 pm
Where: Trafalgar Street Hall, Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Who: Pete Hall
Phone: (03) 546 9842
Email: pete@raggedcrow.org
Website: www.raggedcrow.org
Updated: 1/08/2017


Vintage Morris
Contact: Anne or Steve Vallance
Address: 82 Colemans Road, Blenheim 7201
Email: Vall.s@xtra.co.nz
When: Tuesdays, 7:45pm
Where: St. Andrews Hall, Henry Street.
Updated 14/3/2007


Canterbury Shetland Fiddlers
Contact: Chris Hoseason, Phone: 03 358-3100
46 Guilford St., Burnside, Christchurch 8002.
Meets by arrangement
Updated: 14/3/2007

Christchurch Contradance
Contact: Bill Baritompa
Phone: 03 328 8985
Email: staf186@ext.canterbury.ac.nz
When: First Saturday of each month, 7:30pm
Where: Addington School Hall
Cost: $5
Web: http://contra.baritompa.com
Comments: All welcome. No previous knowledge required.
Added 3/3/2012

Christchurch Country Dance Club
Who: Trevor Robertson
Phone: (03) 372 9400
Address: 6/39 Bolton Avenue, Spreydon, Christchurch 8024
When: Saturdays, 2 - 4:30pm, (March - October)
Where: St. Francis Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Stanmore Road
Updated: 14/3/2007

Christchurch Folk Music Club
Who: Martin Kraakman
Phone: 0211 493 933
Email: president@folkmusic.org.nz
Address: PO Box 964, Christchurch 8140
Where: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon, Christchurch
When: Sundays 7.30-9.30 pm.
Web page: http://www.folkmusic.org.nz
Updated: 7/7/2015

Nor'west Arch Morris Dancers
Who: Anne Griffithsh and Rhys Taylor
Phone: (03) 960 2656
Address: 5/83 Huxley Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023
When: Thursdays, 7:45 pm.
Where: Waimairi Road Community Hall, Ilam
Updated: 15/5/2008

Tussock Jumpers Morris Dancers
Who: Janine Hobby
Phone: (03) 313 4932
Address: 7 Auckland Street, Ashley, RD2 Rangiora 7472
When: Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. (but not 2nd Tuesday, each month)
Where: Summerfield Hall, 47 Studholme Street
Updated: 14/3/2007


Pembroke Folk Club
Who: Martin Curtis
Phone: (03) 443 8152
Email: curtismr@xtra.co.nz
Address: Cardrona, RD1 Wanaka 9831, Central Otago
When: Occasional concerts for visiting artists
Updated: 14/3/2007


The New Edinburgh Folk Club
Who: Mike Moroney
Phone: (027) 2272166
Email: info@nefc.org.nz
PO Box 6093, Dunedin 9013
Where: Embers Restaurant, 2 Manor Place.
When: 7:30pm every Sunday
Web page: http://www.nefc.org.nz
Updated: 19/3/2015

Dunedin Contradance Group
Contact: Bernadette Moroney
Phone: 03 471 0242
Email: bernadette.berry@gmail.com
When: Monday, 7:30pm
Where: Valley Baptist Church, North East Valley
Cost: $3.00 per night or $20.00 for 10 weeks
Comments: All welcome. No previous knowledge required.
Updated: 19/3/2015

Dunedin Fiddle Club
Contact: Anna Bowen
Phone: 03 473 0216
Email: anna.bowen1@gmail.com
When: Wednesday, 7:30pm
Where: North East Valley Community Rooms, North Rd.
Cost: Gold coin
Web page: http://kiwifolk.com/dfc/
Updated: 19/3/2015