Christchurch Folk Music Club

Photos from the 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

Finding our folk at the Christchurch Folk Music Club’s 50th celebrations. Thank you Warren Watson for recording these wonderful memories.

Jackie Bristow - Blue Moon Rising Tour

Singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow, who has made her home in the music mecca of Nashville since 2017, is set to begin her Blue Moon Rising tour in her native New Zealand in early 2020. She will play a string of dates that extend from Jan. 12 through March 5, starting off at the TSB Festival of Lights in New Plymouth, and winding up at MASSAV Monkfest in Arrowtown. Jackie will be playing the dates solo, and she’ll be performing new material along with favourites from albums like 'Shot of Gold' and 'Freedom'

Glass Heart Choir

23 February 2020

Ian Williams and Katie Mosehauer are the Glass Heart String Choir (formerly The Thoughts), a classically-influenced duo that write emotionally-charged, cinematic songs.

Their music is rooted in the fraught and introspective narratives woven into Ian’s lyrics and melodies, with each song colored by varying soundscapes of violins, viola, cello, harp, piano, harmoniums, and organ, which are all composed, performed, and recorded by Katie.

Good Habits

15 March 2020

Formed of Singer-Cellist and Songwriter Bonnie Schwarz & international Klezmer accordionist, Pete Shaw, the band take their recent venture as a duo, touring new Zealand Jan-March 2020.

Save the Date - Canterbury Folk Festival 2020

We are extremely excited to announce three guests artists for the 45th Canterbury Folk Festival.
10-13 April at the Waipara Adventure Centre, Hurunui.

2020 will offer a festival that will bring you both traditional and
contemporary folk musicians to whet your appetite for vibrant acoustic live music. The Canterbury Folk Festival looks forward to building on our 45 years of success with growing audiences, greater diversity in the programme, great dances and programming, a family-friendly, welcoming atmosphere where participation is encouraged.

ABOUT
Welcome to the Christchurch Folk Music Club

CONCERTS ON SUNDAY EVENINGS:

Door open at 7.00pm. Performance starts 7.30pm

VENUE: Irish Society Hall
29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon
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The hall is situated up the long driveway, directly next to Domain Park, and there is plenty of well-lit off-street parking.

DOOR SALES ONLY:

Please note: there is no Eftpos available on site.

Folk music is ‘music which covers multiple genre music styles’. We vary the weekly concerts, giving variety for all age groups and music preferences.

The Folk club is an inclusive club made up of members, visitors & performers with a common appreciation and love of performing arts & music. Audiences are often prompted to participate throughout the concerts when appropriate. There is always the opportunity after concerts to interact with performers, discuss instrumental techniques and a great social way to get to know members and performers alike.

The Club supports local musicians and groups, as well as facilitating many International Performing Artists throughout the year, many of whom are launching CDs or are renowned internationally for their particular chosen musical genre and expertise. We also facilitate occasional ‘open mic’ nights, allowing artists (both amateur and professional) to perform at the club while being supported by a professional Sound Technician & sound equipment. This is a wonderful experience for amateur musicians to gain microphone experience, and an excellent opportunity to share their music with an appreciative audience.

Concerts consist of two 50 min performances, split by a 20-minute break. There is a small bar open for refreshments, Tea, Coffee & Cakes are available at halftime. Toilets on site.

We have reduced rates for music students with ID cards.

Club membership is a minimal fee, and entitles members to a $5.00 reduced weekly door charge, a copy of the ‘Hear-Ye’ newsletter, which is circulated regularly. The Hear -Ye, informs you of the up-coming weekly concerts, the performers’ music styles and backgrounds, entry fees, club activities, email reminders, and provides discount vouchers from Music Works.

The club is well established and has been running in Christchurch for 50 years by a committee of volunteer members. Please speak to a committee member if you have any questions/concerns, if you think you might be interested in joining or becoming more involved in the club activities.

Please like our Facebook Page for reminders of up-coming concerts & musical events.

Also: like the ‘Kiwifolk’ facebook page for regular updates of nationwide folk club concerts and musical events.

Come join in , feel welcome, meet new people with similar interests and most of all…enjoy the music.

Adam McGrath & Esther Swift

21 February 2020
The return to the road of C-City’s own Adam McGrath, lead singer of the south islands lovable table standers and glass spillers The Eastern. Joined by Scottish harpist and singer Esther Swift.

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Glass Heart Choir

23 February 2020
Ian Williams and Katie Mosehauer are the Glass Heart String Choir (formerly The Thoughts), a classically-influenced duo that write emotionally-charged, cinematic songs.

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Jackie Bristow

1 March 2020
At once heartfelt and sophisticated, Jackie Bristow combines subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that hypnotise the listener, demand complete surrender and then stick around with the backbone of a real friend.

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Jean Barkman

8 March 2020
Jean came to singing Country music and joined Silverpeaks Country Music Club in Dunedin. She first performed at Gold Guitars in Gore in 2013, in the over 60’s section, and won Best NZ Song that year with her own composition.

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Good Habits

15 March 2020
Formed of Singer-Cellist and Songwriter Bonnie Schwarz & international Klezmer accordionist, Pete Shaw, the band take their recent venture as a duo, touring new Zealand Jan-March 2020.

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Jordan Brodie

22 March 2020
Award winning Fingerstyle guitarist and composer Jordan Brodie, is regarded as “one of the best young guitar players in Australia”

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Avalon Swing

5 April 2020
The Avalon swing performers live and play amongst the gyspy swing musicians of South East Qld. There, that musical world is filled with entrancing melodies.

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The Czech Mates

3 May 2020
Moravian, Slovak, Gypsy Swing, Balkan, Folk and original music from the streets and cafes of Prague.

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Ronel Hunter

10 May 2020
At the heart, Ronél is a storyteller. She has the ability to step into a song and to become a part of the story, as she takes the audience with her on a beautiful journey of discovering the heart of each song.

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