Albi & The Wolves are the most recent recipients of the 2018 Tui for Best Folk Artist for their stunning debut album One Eye Open, which captures the Auckland trio's captivating blend of folk with modern sensibilities of neighbouring genres and styles. From Wellington via Scotland, The Frank Burkitt Band are no strangers to tour van life, having recently played Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia off the back of their new album Raconteur. Taranaki's own TheSlacks with be joined by fellow Taranaki musician Ben Dixon, spreading their hearty, good vibes and highly singable tunes to audiences both young and young at heart - with a bit of Kiwiana for good measure.
The collective character of these three groups has helped shape a community and a hearty camaraderie around the music. They love playing music, but most importantly they love playing it together.