Christchurch Folk Music Club

Adam McGrath & Esther Swift

Friday, 21 February 2020 $15 Members $20 Non-members $5 Students with ID


This February sees 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. Described by No depression magazine ‘As one of the best modern roots acts from any country’ and by RNZ as a ‘National Treasure’ and by his friends as quite tall and strange, McGrath knows little else other than how to show up and sing his folk songs and tell his stories to audiences of up to 20 or 30 most nights of the year, in small town and bug. After a successful 10 months around New Zealand, Australia and beyond in 2018/19 McGrath revs his ageing yet still firing engines to begin 2020 right. Hitting heartland and big city both over Feb. this is a good shake off of the home dust before his first solo album (After four Eastern records) sneaks into the world in May.

But in order to keep himself on point and the audience from too much of his own self-indulgence, he’s bringing a pal with him. Scottish harpist and singer Esther Swift was introduced to NZ audiences in 2018 during her well received Auckland Folk Festival appearance and the following extensive nationwide tour whereupon she endeared herself to audiences everywhere. An impossibly accomplished player full of great humor, spirit and majestic songwriting chops Esther inhabits an ethereal magic collage of folk jazz and wonder, yet seems impossibly grounded in the troubadour tradition of connection to the everyday stories that speak to our best and truest places. Described by London Jazz as ‘Singularly compelling’ and by the Scotsman as ‘Inventive and impressive’ Esther will no doubt make this two-person double bill and concert tour something to remember and believe in.  

Doors open 7pm. Performance starts at 7.30pm, you will get a seat if you arrive close to 7pm.

VENUE: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon 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 CASH ONLY: Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available during the break, also bar facilities for cold refreshments throughout the night, Eftpos available for purchases only, no cash-out facility. Please remember to bring your current Folk Club membership card as this is required for new club licensing.

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