Chris Lee

June 4, 10.30am – Espy Cafe June 5, 10.30am – Espy CafeWinner of 3rd Prize and last year’s Young Guitarist award, 19 year old Chris Lee is coming back to Whitianga to play for our Festival and at Espy Cafe.    Chris is an International student at McLean’s college and is an amazing guitarist for such a young age.   …

The Bollands

Always on the road, New Zealand folk duo, The Bollands, have been singing their infectious foot stomping folk songs since 2011. With their love of travel, music, good friends & fine wine, they have gained a reputation for their passion-filled live shows and heartfelt folk tunes. Their energetic music stems from their upbringing in the folk and roots music scenes in small towns and folk …

Toya Fleetwood

Toya grew up in Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula in a musical family. Her Dad and Mum were in bands playing in clubs and pubs and entertaining from the time she was young and through het teens. Toya also attended Church where she would play and sing with her Dad and Mum, in three part harmonies. Toya’s Dad taught her …

Jaz Caitcheon

Jaz Caitcheon is a guitarist singer/songwriter/producer from Waiheke Island, who enjoys gigging at local cafes, producing lofi hip hop on logic pro x and hosting his radio show, Potentially Funky Fridays on Waiheke Radio. Some of the music that inspires him includes Sticky Fingers, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Passenger and Outkast.

Jemilah

Jemilah has grown up on Waiheke Island and has been singing since childhood and playing guitar since she was 14. Her style of music is acoustic singer/songwriter influenced by artists such as Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard. She attended the Mercury Bay Festival last year and got through to the semi-finals in the young guitarist competition. She has performed at …

Nur Peach

Nur Peach grew up surrounded by music and has been singing all her life. Born in New Zealand’s beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, and having lived there all her life, she has always been surrounded by the inspiring beauty of nature. As the daughter of a professional musician, there were always musical instruments around and performance opportunities since a very young age. …

Let’s Go Descarrego!

June 4, 12.10 – Whitianga Hotel Let’s Go Descarrego! is a pairing of two well known local musicians, Stewart Pedley and Leo Magri. Their vibrant music draws influence from the long traditions of folk storytelling, Rhythm & Blues, Brazilian percussion, and the New Orleans sound. In the energetic merging of voices, percussion and guitar, Let’s Go Descarrego! tell tales of …

Domingo Candelario

Jun 4, 5.45 – Ray White Singer/song writer Domingo Candelario was born in the heart of La Havana, Cuba. As a child he was greatly influenced and inspired by the Brazilian music that his parents listened to. He went on to develop his own unique style within the “Nueva Trova” movement which began in the late ‘60s and has its …

Whiti Gospel Choir Big SIng

A Black Gospel flavor is now in Whitianga with this amazing group of people. Led by the LA award winner and No.3 Breakout Artist on the USA Billboard Charts, Anita Prime. The choir was originally put together for the first Mercury Bay Music Festival in 2016 and worked for 8 weeks to put on an hour and a half interactive, …

Joseph Balfe

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 …