Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival

The "no vacancy" signs were out all over town as music fans from around the country descended on the Bay of Islands for the 32nd Jazz and Blues Festival, with more than 40 acts performing over three days at six venues. This year's star attractions were a one-legged blues guitar legend from the US, Austin Walkin' Cane, and a Japanese band called Chihiro Yamazaki and Route 14, with the rest of the lineup ranging from classic Dixieland jazz to a hard-rocking blues band that wouldn't have sounded out of place at a heavy metal convention. This year's festival was the 25th organised by Shirley May of Pakaraka. Photos by Peter de Graaf.