Music among the books

Songs of a city . . . Nook and Cranny Music Festival organiser Brendan Christie is looking forward to the festival's return to the Dunedin Public Library this Sunday.PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

Dunedin’s musical talent will be back in the spotlight as the Nook and Cranny Music Festival returns this weekend.

Held as part of NZ Music Month, the festival – now in its second year – would be held at Dunedin Public Library and run from 11am to 4pm, organiser Brendan Christie said.

More than 50 musical acts will be tuning up their instruments ahead of Sunday’s festival, an increase on last year’s debut event, Mr Christie said.

“It’s quite exciting for me.”

As most musicians would be providing their own set-ups, there would be plenty of flexibility for artists to perform in stairwells, between bookcases, on balconies or in other unusual areas of the library, he said.

A team of videographers – led by Otago Polytechnic film tutor Stephen Hillman – would be filming and editing the first song of each artist’s set, compiling the footage into a live video clip to give performers something to publicise themselves with in lieu of payment, Mr Christie said.

The line-up will include The Mentalist Collective, children’s performer Rainbow Rosalind, Valley Bluegrass, the Bill Martin Trio, Black Boy Peaches, Kelvin Cummings, the Dunedin Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, Hana Fahy and Whaea Soul.

Mr Christie said there were several bands on the schedule he had not yet seen live, but others were long-time performers around the city.

He said he hoped NZ Music Month would be a time where communities could support their city’s “grassroots” talent, not just well-known Kiwi performers.

The festival would be only one of several library-based music events during May. Weekly showcase performances would be held on Thursday evenings in the Dunningham Suite, the first one tonight from 5.30 to 7pm.

For more information on the Nook and Cranny Music Festival or other Music Month events at the library, visit