Hands-on Workshops

Hands-on learning and participation is core to the Mercury Music Festival. We are fortunate that some of our visiting artists are giving their time to lead group and in some cases, one-on-one hands-on musicianship workshops, while they are here. Attendance of workshops is open to all ages and all skills. The workshops (with the exception of the The Mercury Music Festival Big Gospel Sing) will be hosted at Mercury Bay Area School, on Saturday, the 3rd, and Sunday, the 4th of June. The sessions all have finite space, so if you are going to enrol, please do so now, to avoid disappointment.

Workshop Schedule

Darren Watson Blues and Slide Guitar Workshop
Darren will share techniques on playing classic rhythm & blues Over the better part of three decades he has developed a style that, while touching on all of the greats who inspired him, is personal, powerful and identifiably his own. Come along and learn and bring your own guitar.

When: Sunday, June 4, 2.30-4.30 pm Book Here

Jed Parsons Songwriting Workshop
Having toured internationally and extensively throughout New Zealand with his projects Jed & Hera, House Of Mountain and Odyssey, Jed Parsons has established himself as one of Christchurch’s finest singer/songwriters and drummers.

When: Saturday June 3, 10am – 12-pm Book here

Louie Shelton Session Guitar Master Class
Louie is one of the most influential guitarist’s of the last five decades because of his session work with artists, Boz Scaggs, Lionel Richie, Jackson Five, the Monkees, Joe Cocker and many others. The consummate professional, Louie’s style of playing has no boundaries, drawing from Blues, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Fusion and Modern Pop Culture. Come learn about his session techniques built over decades in the studio.

When: Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th Sessions – 1pm-2pm

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Richard Gilewitz Guitar and Ukulele Master Classes
Fingerstyle wizard Richard is offering thirty-minute one-on-one sessions. During any of the sessions you’ll have opportunities for critique, comment and direction, plus you’ll be propelled into the next level and challenged to refine your techniques in order to release your hidden musicianship. Upon completing any of the sessions you’ll have the confidence to leap to the next step in your learning curve by using the material(s) to expand your skill level and repertoire. Printed exercises and pieces will be provided for study.
One-on-one session offerings
Guitar or Ukulele: The Fingerpicking Engine
Guitar or Ukulele/ Rhythm Study
Ukulele/ Chord Progressions
Ukulele/ Adventures for Picking and Grinning
Guitar/Beat the Blues
Guitar/Falling Slowly
Guitar/Echoing Gilewitz in Open D Tuning

Email Jan Write jan@mercurybaymusicfestival.co.nz for times and to book.

The Mercury Music Festival Big Gospel Sing
Join Anita Prime, the Whiti Gospel Choir, singers from the Auckland Tongan community and other guest vocal artists,to learn vocal and performance techniques, utilising two or three songs to communicate these techniques. Then on Sunday 4 June 9am -10.30am and 3pm to 4.30pm join Anita, her friends, and the Whiti Gospel Choir on stage in their show, at the Crossroads Church. No previous singing experience, nor ability to read music required.

Workshop: Saturday, 3 June 10am to 12pm
Performances: Sunday, 4 June 9am -10.30am and 3pm to 4.30pm
Where: Crossroads Church (Cnr Joan Gaskell and Cook Drive)

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The Nukes Crazy Ukulele Workshop
These extraordinary full-of-life Ukulele players will structure a ukulele technique workshop which will appeal to the 3 chord players through the pros.

When: Sunday, June 4, 11am-1pm Book here

Enrolment fees for all workshops are $40 for adults and $20 for youth 18 and under. All workshops, with the exception of the Gospel Big Sing are booked through EventFinda

Space is limited, book now.