Wellington Folk Festival goers enjoy good weather video

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Music, sunshine and plenty of jamming at the Wellington Folk Festival in Wainuiomata.

Folk music has found a comfortable home in Wainuiomata.

The Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre in Moore's Valley Rd hosted the 52nd Wellington Folk Festival over Labour Weekend, with performances from Jo Jo Smith, Bill Morris and the Hinterland Band, and the Goodland Trio, among many others.

President of the festival committee Sue Harkness said after "walking around" a number of venues for many years, the outdoor education centre had been the festival's home since the late 1990s.

Getting ready for the show at the Wellington Folk Festival in Moore's Valley, Wainuiomata, on Sunday.
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Getting ready for the show at the Wellington Folk Festival in Moore's Valley, Wainuiomata, on Sunday.

"Jam sessions happen wherever musicians want to join in and we are watching the kids of past performers now, so the tradition is being passed on," she said.

"The quality of some of the folk music today is in a completely different league, but you're seeing it on an amateur stage."

Although Friday night was wet, sunny weather brought the crowds in on Saturday and Sunday.

Frank John, from New Plymouth, with his Gretsch resonator guitar. He said of the festival: "We know most of these people ...
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Frank John, from New Plymouth, with his Gretsch resonator guitar. He said of the festival: "We know most of these people really well, we see them at various festivals around the country. It's like a big family, and it's just jam time!"

More than 1000 people were expected to attend over the three days.

The festival was to wrap up on Monday with a three-hour masterclass with festival favourite and fiddle and mandolin maestro, Lindsay Martin.

The masterclass was aimed at those wanting to improve their fiddle and mandolin playing, learn new techniques and improve tone and control.

The Remarkables play on the main stage on Sunday morning.
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The Remarkables play on the main stage on Sunday morning.

Martin, who was attending the festival for the third time, said he loved attending because "it is a fantastic community who gather together and share music".

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