Top qual­ity kiwi folk and coun­try mu­sic

The Bards, Bal­lads & Bull­dust Fes­ti­val was con­ceived by a past Naseby res­i­dent War­rick Brock to cel­e­brate the unique life of the high coun­try.

Central Otago Mirror - - ARTS -

The in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val was kicked off at the An­cient Bri­ton Ho­tel in Naseby in 2006 and has been run an­nu­ally in the town ever since. Hosted by award-win­ning high coun­try bal­ladeer, Phil Gar­land, vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike are treated to top qual­ity Kiwi folk and coun­try mu­sic along with bush po­etry rel­e­vant to the area. The Bards, Bal­lads & Bull­dust fes­ti­val is the only one of its kind in the coun­try, where the em­pha­sis is on the spo­ken word in the form of bush po­etry. Bush bal­ladry has been an in­te­gral part of our national her­itage since the 1890s, but its pro­file has re­mained small, go­ing largely un-no­ticed and un-recog­nised un­til the birth of Bards Bal­lads & Bull­dust. The event has grown in pop­u­lar­ity and, in or­der to cel­e­brate the wider Man­iototo, will be shared across the plains! Bards, Bal­lads & Bull­dust fea­tures min­ers breakfasts.

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