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.   …

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 …

Richard Gilewitz

For over three decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between.