Festival Performance ScheduleJune 3, 4pm – Ray White
June 4, 11am – Whitianga Town Hall
Joseph Balfe is a 17yr old self-taught fingerstyle guitarist from Oamaru on the South Island.
Joseph has won numerous instrumental & overall awards in both NZ & Australia since first competing in 2013, including Overall Intermediate at the NZ Gold Guitar Awards, Overall at the CCMA’s in Tamworth AUS, runner-up Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year (AUS) & placing 2nd in the televised Smokefree Rockquest National Final. Recently he became a finalist in the International Guitar Masters competition, travelling to Poland for the finals where he placed a respectable joint 9th out of 24 predominantly older & established players.
During the past few years Joseph has been a guest artist at many folk & country music festivals throughout NZ. With a growing fan base on social media he is also gaining recognition from his peers worldwide & is currently an endorsed artist for QSC Audio & Cleartone Strings.One of the highlights of Joseph’s career to date was having the honour of performing with Tommy Emmanuel during his NZ tour in 2015.