The Rogue Stage Folk Music Festival 27-29 March

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The Rogue Folk Festival is happening again in March 2015
A celebration of folk music and the joy of giving!
The festival is held in Kaingaroa Forest at a forest school camp near Kerosene Creek, Waiotapu, Rotorua. It is 3 hrs drive from Auckland, less than an hour from Taupo. It is secluded and for the Folk Music Festival it becomes like a little village. Musicians are traveling from Lyttelton, Christchurch, Auckland, Coromandel, Hamilton, Taupo, Australia and Rotorua to be part of this boutique little festival. This is the second year of its existence and it is growing fast in popularity. Tickets are limited to 200 this year.Waiotapu Forest School camp is located behind Rainbow Mountain. It has basic facilities – flushing loos, hot showers, cabins and sites for camping. It can host 150 people comfortably. Cabins vary from single berth to 6 berth. 12 single berths and 12 six berth cabins. (Please arrange with me directly – use email below).Food & drink – BYO – no glass

There are gas BBQ facilities and a kitchen with a freezer to keep your food cold. The kitchen will be used by a kitchen team to cook meals which can be shared by donation. Meals like pizza, bread & salad rolls, curries, dahls n rice. A kitchen team member is a chef with commercial food service experience.

On site there will be a food truck – Raw Balance NZ from Taupo which was hugely popular last year. Super delicious healthy treats!

Coffee by Roberto, the best coffee with a smile.

A fruit stall for healthy treats.

You can also cook and prepare your own meals on site. There is washing up stations away from the kitchen which you are welcome to use.


Nearby – Kerosene Hot Pools, Whirinaki mountain bike trails, Rainbow Mountain summit walk, Waiotapu Tavern, Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, Hot n Cold hot pools, Waikite Valley, Waipa Mountainbike tracks and Rotorua is 30kms north of the camp.

At the camp – a stream for cooling off (beware its ice cold!), lawns for garden games, ample space for relaxing and catching up with friends. Bring your garden toys like nets and bats and lets have a match!

New to the festival –
enjoy a massage and holistic healing experience from reflexologist Kirstin Whittaker,
strong man yoga on Saturday morning 8am by Ian MacPherson,
kids and adult yoga by Jenny Lux,
adventure children activities by Wok Lilley (flying fox deluxe and bungi biscuit)
arts and lantern making by talented Ally Rogers – Light up Rotorua and many other Bay of Plenty lantern festivals
face painting (for children and adults) by the very talented Miss Piksee Jay (face painting koha donation please).

Also new to the festival is David Merritt from Landroverfarm Press. Stories and poetry for the cultured ear. Or an invitation to hear yours?

The line-up of NZ & Australian folk artists at the festival:


Chris Webber, John Hamilton, Bridie Witton, Ellis Carrington, Sarah Ziessen, Riley Claxton, Ian Pirrie and his band Intricate Melody, Bob Vincent, Lloyd Akroyd and his band 5th Sun, Chris Duff and more!


Looking For Alaska NZ (Tokoroa) – footstomping originals and covers from Hamilton local duo. Finalists in Boot Camp at Vector Arena 2014

Kyle Taylor (Geelong) – stories from a traveling man – thoughtful lyrics, smooth vocals and sweet guitar

Sonic Delusion (Taranaki) – electro funk three piece – percussion, loop, bass and piano

Zvi Music (Hamilton) – soulful lyrics, fingerstyle guitar, voice that lifts

Hugh McGinlay (Melbourne) – storytelling lyrics, beautiful harmonies, down right good Aussie humor

Archer (Melbourne) – old time folk, a singer sing song man, sounds like he is more at home in 1936

Lonesome Pine Special (Lyttelton) – old time folk trio with three prominent Lyttelton musicians Flora Knight (from The Eastern), Hannah Harding (Aldous Harding) and Ben Woolley (Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson, Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers)

Bernie Griffen & Kirsten Warner (Auckland) – swamp/mangroove blues/alt country

Eyreton Hall (Auckland) – female folk, old english inspired tunes

Callum Gentleman (Auckland) – our midnight poet with stories from the underworld

Tui Folk Album of the Year 2013 & 2014 winners:

Great North (Auckland) – vocal harmonies, al capella, canvas painting one line lyrics from Hayden Donnell and Rebecca Donnell

Sound engineer: Matt Sephton from Coro Sonic Lab

DJ sets from Matt Rapid who rocked us way in to the small hours of the night last year.

Camping $5 per person per night
Cabins $5 per person per night sharing a 6 berth cabin, otherwise $30 per night if you want to book the whole cabin to yourself. Check availability first with Karin at

Children are welcome. This is a family festival. Children under 12 are free of charge per one paying adult. Children 12 to 18 $10.

Dogs welcome, if you promise to clean up afterwards and keep it safely on a lead.

There are two ways to get there:

Take the SH5 to Taupo. Turn off at SH38 to Murupara and look out for The Rogue Folk Music Festival signs. The road is called Waikokomuka Road and used to be the old unsealed road to Murupara in the good old days. This is the longest and most difficult way to get there.

From SH5 look out for Old Waiotapu Road after Rainbow Mountain. It is unsealed. It is also where you will find Kerosene Creek, the best free hot pools in Rotorua. There is also a gate that is locked at all times. As the person responsible for access to the forest through this gate, the gate will be open at certain times:

Friday: 4pm to 8pm
Saturday: 11am til 2pm

Please email me, Karin, with any questions you may have. This event requires prior booking.

You must register either at Eventbrite or via Cash Sale tickets are available from Musicworks Rotorua, each with their own unique bar code. Limited or no gate sales. Only by prior arrangement – 02102381057

Introducing Hugh McGinlay (Australia) to perform at The Rogue Stage Folk Music Festival 2015

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Hugh McGinlay is a singer songwriter based in Melbourne, Australia. I first me Hugh in 2007 when he was on his first tour over from Australia in Jersey. Bob Vincent organized shows for him and being Bob’s sister-in-law, we offered Hugh to stay with us. We immediately struck up a friendship and have been friends ever since then.

Hugh is a master where lyrics are concerned and his lyrical storytelling has listeners captivated. Gentle guitar and vocals reaching deep into the abyss of songwriting, a pleasant journey with such a fine, talented man.

You can read more about him at his page and this link:

A quick summary:

– two albums ‘Elsewhere‘ 2009 and ‘Second Guess‘ 2006. Distributed by Green Distribution and available on iTunes.

– has performed with Robyn Hitchcock, the Proclaimers, Billy Bragg and Badly Drawn Boy

– his backing band in Melbourne is ‘Recessive Genes’, made up of Adam Chiodo (Laughing Sam’s Dice), Phil Cadman (Fine Motor Skills, Desperately Not Yoko) and Ryan Vermeulen (Fine Motor Skills, Desperately Not Yoko).

– he is also the author of the novel ‘Jinx’ and other such off-beat works of fiction.

Hugh is not only performing at The Rogue Stage Folk Music Festival, but also at the following fine venues:

Tuesday 24th of March – The Wine Cellar – Auckland, NZ – With Scott J Mason

Wednesday 25th March – The Dogs Bollix – Auckland, NZ

Thursday 26th March – The Darkroom – Christchurch, NZ

Friday 27th March – The Southern Cross, Wellington, NZ

Saturday 28th March  – The Rogue Folk Festival – Rotorua, NZ

Sunda7 29th March – Okere Falls General Store – Okere Falls, NZ

This will be Hugh’s second visit to NZ and I for one am very much looking forward to enjoying his songs with you.



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happy smiling victorian ladyThis is wonderful news to us here at Rogue Stage HQ! It means that pressing deposits can now be paid and that ticket sales are well under way. I have had the most wonderful feedback from Paul on Sunday from the Tauranga Folk Music Club and it has inspired us to consider a ‘Circle Session’ for Saturday morning or even a second stage!

An ALL WEEKEND PASS is now $80 and available from or here on my blog through Eventbrite.


3 x six berth cabins for Friday evening only

4 x single cabins for Friday evening only

(the rest have all been booked)

Arohanui and much gratitude


Introducing Looking for Alaska NZ – Rogue Folk Music Festival at Waiotapu 27 to 29 March

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Looking for Alaska is an acoustic duo from Hamilton, consisting of Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard. They discovered their mutual passion for music in high school when they worked on a recording assignment. From the classroom they stepped out and performed on the street, in theaters, in school halls and recently, at Vector Arena. They were on a shortlist to show their talent at a recent round of Boot Camp in Auckland. I recall the secrecy and then the excitement to say that they have gone through to the next round.

Looking for Alaska has been chosen by me to open the stage on Saturday afternoon at the Rogue Folk Music Festival. For me it is a honour to include local, young and upcoming talent in this year’s line-up. I have followed this duo for over two years and have really liked what I have seen and heard. Here they are performing a cover of Etta James’ At Last.

French For Rabbits – ‘Gone gone gone’ – brand new video

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Much to my delight, the video has been released today. It is a nostalgic lo-fi softly lit capture of sweet moment, and features their Portuguese neighbour while on tour in Portugal. French For Rabbits have done a wonderful job, well done Brooke Singer, John Fitzgerald, Will Would and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa for creating the music and ReadySteadyStudio for their stunning cinematography.

6 tickets left of the ALL WEEKEND SPECIAL PASSES!

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Hi folks,

from this moment there are 6 passes left at a very special low rate of $50. You can pick yours up from Musicworks or buy it online from my event’s listing page –

More tickets online at the same place but at a slightly higher price of $80 per person for the whole weekend (including camping) or $20 for Friday evening (including camping) and $70 for Saturday evening (including camping).

Gate open from 4 pm on Friday until 8pm. Music starts at 6pm.

Gate open from 11am on Saturday until 2pm. Music starts at 2pm, children’s activities from midday.


ps: program out soon!

Rogue Folk Festival ALL WEEKEND SPECIAL PASS offer!

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I have an invitation to you all to buy a special offer ALL WEEKEND PASS for $50 (excluding cabin fees). To find out more about this offer, please visit this link and register to received an email invitation from me. All festival goers must register to receive this pass.


Only 40 available. When the 40th ticket has sold, the all weekend pass is $80 (excluding cabin fees)


Rogue Folk Festival March 2014