VicFolk gigs and sessions

Upcoming events

VicFolk End-of-Year Ceilidh

7:30pm 27th October 2018 | Thistle Hall (cnr Cuba/Arthur Streets, Wellington CBD)

Come and join VicFolk for their last ceilidh of 2018! Whether you’ve been cramming for exams, grinding out assignments, or it’s just been another week, what you need is an evening of fun high-energy dancing to lively Celtic tunes. We have a great live band and callers to tell you what to do; no experience or partner needed!

Advance discounted tickets available online (cash tickets on the door)

$10 unwaged / $15 general admission

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Ceilidh 1810 Study week

VicFolk at Wellyfest 2018

VicFolk is proud to be an integral part of the Wellington Folk Festival 2018! We are running not one but two ceilidhs, plus a workshop. We are bringing a stellar lineup, our best tunes, and our favourite dances! If you’re coming to the festival, make sure you head along to these events:

Welcome Ceilidh: 7.30pm Friday, Fletcher Hall

VicFolk will be hosting the opening ceilidh on the Friday night. This is usually a relaxed affair, with lively dancing and tunes interspersed with spot performances. A great way to kick of the weekend!

‘Let’s Make a Ceilidh’ workshop: 12-1:30pm Saturday, Fletcher Hall

This will be a workshop on all the things that go into putting on a ceilidh, with emphasis on calling dances. If you’ve ever wanted to try calling a dance then come along! And if you haven’t then come along anyway, we’ll be doing lots of dancing so you can treat it as a warm up for the main ceilidh in the evening.

Late night closing ceilidh: 11pm – midnight (approx) Sunday, Main Stage

Immediately after the Sunday Evening Showcase, VicFolk will take over the main marquee with a quick-fire ceilidh. Bring your best dancing gumboots as we round off a fantastic weekend in style!

For more info on the festival, see the website

Event to watch out for

The club’s big event, Vic Folk Tunefest. Vic Folk hosted its own festival in 2017, and this will be back in 2019! 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; blackboard concerts and more.

Some other major events that club members will be involved in are:

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 : 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.


If you can’t wait all summer to get your ceilidh fix, there are ceilidhs at 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!