Rootsy Groove favourites Ardijah make their first appearance at the South Island Wine & Food Festival. Home grown in the humble soils of Otara, South Auckland, Ardijah has gone on to national and international acclaim. Expect a stunning combination of vocals and instrumental diversity, along with all their hits – Time Makes a Wine, Silly Love Songs and more.
Owning the airwaves of 2015 with the stellar hit ‘Inside Out’, Avalanche City brings a signature sound of folksy pop to the festival this year. Avalanche City is the moniker of folk musician Dave Baxter from Auckland. He is best known for his 2011 New Zealand No. 1 single “Love, Love, Love” and his 2015 single Inside Out, which also charted at No. 1. In 2011, Dave Baxter was awarded the APRA Silver Scroll and nominated for three New Zealand Music Awards, including Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.
One of New Zealand’s best known and best loved songstresses, Bic Runga stormed into the top ten 20 years ago, with her smash hit Drive. Since then, Bic has been awarded almost every musical honour in the country, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Songwriting Award, and Tui awards for best songwriter, best singer and best producer. Her debut album Drive went platinum seven times; Beautiful Collision followed in 2002 (eleven times platinum) and Birds in 2005 (triple platinum). This year sees the release of a new album of covers from Bic, due for release in November.
The veteran of a career spanning three decades, Paul Ubana Jones has forged his own contemporary style, influenced by blues, rock, folk and jazz. Paul has played at festivals across the world, including the Dublin Blues Festival and the Vancouver Island Folk Festival – he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Bob Dylan, Norah Jones and Crowded House.
With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson.” From her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.
Emerging Christchurch artists Volts have been making a big impact during their relatively short career. The duo comprises of songstress Lorna Hay on vocals and Marc Royal (The Valves, Easy Hearts) on guitar. Volts combine electric guitar and voice to create their own enigmatic blend of dark, ambient pop music; their songs tell twisted tales of love, life and loss.