Upcoming events

Ceilidh with VicFolk

20th June, 7 – 10:30pm
St Michael’s Hall, 81 Upland Rd, Kelburn

It’s the start of a new term, so it must be time for another ceilidh! Come and join the Vicfolk ceilidh band for an evening of lively and social dancing – guaranteed to warm your body, mind, soul, and ears in these chilly winter months. As usual you will be in the capable hands of our callers, so you need never have danced before!

Advance discounted online tickets available from

Door sales: $10 unwaged/$15 general admission.

Stay up to date with the Facebook event here

First Vicfolk Meet-up of Tri 2

11th June, 7 – 9pm | Room 006, 86 Fairlie Terrace

The first of VicFolk’s relaxed weekly meetups for the term. We play music, learn tunes and dances, sing songs, and organise upcoming events.
Details and directions

Events to watch out for

We host regular meetups and workshops for those interested in playing music, calling dances, and singing. More information here.

The club’s big event, Vic Folk Tunefest. Vic Folk hosted its own festival in 2017. To get a taste of what happened last time, check out the website:

Also keep an eye out for: Sunday afternoon Irish music sessions, instrumental workshops, dance workshops, ceilidhs, and more.

Other major events that club members will be involved in:

Ceol Aneas : a great weekend of Irish traditional music classes, fantastic concerts and sessions in Nelson over Queen’s Birthday weekend. Highly recommended for those who’d like to learn more about traditional Irish musicianship.

Wellington Folk Festival (Wellyfest) : the biggest folk music event in the region and a great opportunity to experience a wide range of folk music styles. Labour Weekend, at Brookfields Outdoor Education Centre past Wainuiomata.

Other events in Wellington


Want to play or hear great traditional Irish music while partaking of your favourite beverage? Wellington hosts its very own weekly Celtic sessions every Tuesday night at the Welsh Dragon Bar, 10/12 Cambridge Terrace! The evening is split into two parts: starting at 7:30 is a slow session for those who are relatively new to Irish session music; then about 8.45 is regular session for experienced players who are familiar with playing this music at a high standard.

Check out the Wellington Session website for more info about each session. This website also has an extensive repository of tunes, available as sheet music (dots), ABC, and audio with adjustable speed for learning.


Some good friends of the club run a Contra Dance every 2nd month. Similar to our ceilidhs, the dances are all called and are very easy to pick up. See the last Facebook event for more details.

There is a ceilidh hosted by the Wellington Gaelic Club on the second Saturday of every month (except January). Corner of Hanson St and Stoke St in the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall. Ticket includes a good supper!

Past events

In 2019:
  • St Patrick’s Weekend Ceilidh, Northland Memorial Community Centre, March 16th
  • VicFolk Ceilidh at International Dance Day 2019, Te Papa, 28th April 2019
  • Ceilidh Dance Workshop, VUW, 2nd May 2019
  • Workshop with Andrew James: “Mixing it up: Variations and Ornamentation”, VUW, 7th May 2019
  • June Ceilidh dance workshop, VUW, 6th June 2019
  • End of Term ceilidh, Thistle Hall, 8th June 2019
In 2018:
  • O-Week ceilidh at Tuatara Third Eye, 5 March
  • St Michael’s Fair session, 17 March
  • St Patrick’s Day Céilí at Aro Valley Community Centre, 17 March
  • International Dance Day at Te Papa, April
  • VUWSA Arts Week Ceilidh, 19 May
  • Acoustic Routes Showcase, 26 July
  • Ceilidh at Thistle Hall, 4 August
  • Ceilidhs and workshop at Wellyfest, 19-22 August
  • End of Year Ceilidh at Thistle Hall, 27th October
In 2017:
  • St Patrick’s Day Ceilidh, Aro Valley Community Centre on 17 March
  • Irish button accordion masterclass with Dáire Mulhern, June
  • End of Trimester Ceilidh, Aro Valley Community Centre on 9 June
  • Vic Folk Tunefest, a weekend festival from 29 September to 1 October in the central city

We were also invited to perform at several events, including:

  • Aro Valley open day
  • Wellington Folk Festival

Past workshops

In 2018:
  • 3 May: Irish fiddle for beginners 6-7pm with James McNamara, regular practice 7-8pm
  • 10 May: How to call ceilidh dances, 6-8pm — callers, musicians and dancers welcomed for a ‘practice ceilidh’.
  • 17 May: Tin Whistle for beginners with Jonathan Berkahn 6-7pm, regular practice 7-8pm
  • 24 May: Backing Celtic tunes on guitar with Andrew James 6-7pm, regular practice 7-8pm
  • 19 July: Dance Calling Workshop
  • 16 August: Irish whistle workshop with Pat Higgins