Big crowd tipped for music festival

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 07:12 21/01/2014
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STAND-UP ACT: Andrew Scott, of Lyttelton, plays an accordion during a blackboard concert at the Waihi Bush Music Festival.

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Hundreds of revellers are expected to visit Waihi Bush for three days of folk, dance and relaxation.

The Waihi Bush Music Festival, on from February 6 to 9, is in its 17th year.

Organiser David Musgrave said the festival began after his son got into the folk music scene.

"He introduced me to the music, and the festival circuit ... I felt I could do something of my own," he said.

"I don't think it has changed much in its style over the years, but as far as folk music goes, I tend to prefer music that deals with the present day, rather than more traditional stuff."

Mr Musgrave said about 300 to 500 adults were expected to attend, and "countless numbers of kids".

"I always make sure the kids get in free ... the weekend is as much for them, as it is for the adults," he said. "Waihi Bush is a pretty special area, we let the kids run around where they please."

Mr Musgrave said he tried to pick new or up-and-coming artists. New Zealand Music award finalists Into the East made their festival debut at Waihi Bush last year.

"They hadn't performed at anything like that and they've since gone on to bigger things," he said. "They loved it so much they're back this year, but as punters.

"They could put on an impromptu set, we have a little area which allows for that. The festival is about bringing people together. I pick a different lineup each year, it's the discovery that I enjoy."

This year's lineup includes Hannah Harding, Jesse Brand, folk duo Catgut & Steel, Rob Ten Broeke and Anna Groves. Acrobatic clown Olli Ricken will also perform.

However, Mr Musgrave said most people enjoyed the wide range of makeshift workshops and activities.

"People come out of their shell and do things they wouldn't ordinarily do. We had people balance themselves on each other . . . or learn juggling.

"It's a great atmosphere, and I'm able to do my own thing with it. I'm not one for committees - I just put it all together myself,"he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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