Christchurch Folk Music Club

Artist reviews

Too Many Chiefs – 22/07/2018

I was pleased I went to Christchurch Folk Music Club on a cold Sunday night. 'Too Many Chiefs' are very good musicians. I enjoyed all their unique songs as each band member performed their own work. If you are like me and enjoy memorable lyrics go and see...

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Matty Smith and Josh Braden, acoustic and harmonious

29 July 2018, A soft, acoustic approach for a night filled with the creativity of Matty's original songs to the fore and shining. There was contrast throughout the night. The night opened with the tones of the David Gray sound-alike Matty...

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Bottlelake Junction

Christchurch's newest Celtic-Bluegrass Band, Bottlelake Junction wowed the audience with some awe inspiring music by three musicians individually accomplished and together they were dynamic. This trio emerged from the Canterbury Folk Festival...

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Joel Fafard releases his ‘Fowl Mood’ CD

13 March, 2018 Joel features on the cover of the current ‘Hear Ye’, maybe not as prestigious as the cover of the “Rolling Stone” however a real kudos statement for our club. Joel certainly met the challenge with his performance on Sunday night....

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Graham Wardrop and Roger Lusby

A night when two Otago raised lads brought their well-founded and honed skills to a Christchurch stage, amidst a room filled with anticipation and a full audience. If there was expectation in the air for a fantastic night of entertainment,...

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The Squirrelly Bills & Gary Elford

25th March 2018 Like the phoenix rising from the ashes this night shone with the changed billing. Due to unforeseen circumstances The Squirrelly Bills stepped up from their support act role and covere3d the first half of the night with Gary...

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The Port Hillbillies

27th May 2018 The Port Hillbillies concert marked the end of a joyous union of four talents that met majorly through Christchurch Folk Club connections. Kris Brown on guitar has taken the opportunity of a ‘dream job’ and will be returning to...

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More Reviews

Port Fairy Folk Festival – March 9th-12th, 2007

By Lance Risk If it is possible to have too much of a good thing, Port Fairy Folk Festival is just that for a hard core Festival haunting Folkie like me. It is like every New Zealand festival run over the same weekend. Set up six giant tent...

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Back Porch Music

Reviewed By Larry Milnes I noticed in a review in the previous Hear Ye that the reviewer closed with the postscript "If you love music don’t flog it off the net" and while I agree with this, a positive by-product of this digital technology is...

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An open letter from Dunedin

Okay Canterbury... Now you've done it. This was supposed to be raid, for heaven's sake! This was war. But when we crossed the border between Otago and Canterbury what met us? Nothing! Where were the barricades? There weren’t any. We stopped off...

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Compadres – James Keelahan & Oscar Lopez

At Al's Bar, 31/1/09 Reviewed by Gill Coe From the very first bars, you knew you were in for something special. The big Canadian with his beautiful baritone voice, paired with the sexy, bejewelled, Chilean with flying fingers and a delightful...

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Johnny Possum’s Goodtime Hootin’ Band

Sunday 6th May - Reviewed by Geoff Anders Johnny Possums Good Time Hootin' Band. What a name. Someone obviously has a sense of humour. Finding a good name for a new band isn't always easy so is sometimes rushed and regretted. This one works...

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Hera – at the Club – 17/9/06

Reviewed by Phillip Marshall Hera graced the stage with a quiet confidence and surety in her performance. Her extensive touring and recording was evident in the strong delivery of her songs. Hera’s Taylor 314CE cutaway guitar sounded bright and...

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Graham Wardrop and Rosa Shiels

10th June 2007, by Geoff Skinner For those who ventured out to attend this concert on one of the coldest nights of the year, they were more than well rewarded by Rosa and Graham ready to entertain, and obviously loving this reunion of musical...

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Emeralds And Greenstone

Concert In The Great Hall - 30 April, by Hamish Wilson. The ambitious project was the last in the "Jazz For Lunch" series , part of the Montana Jazz Festival 2006. The concept of this concert was to combine Maori and Celtic musical styles and...

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Enda Kenny – Here and There (CD)

Review by Dave Hart This man has long been held in the highest regard as one of the finest singer-songwriters of our time. Enda’s songs give a very real view of where he stands and how he sees the world and the events in it. The songs in this...

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Delgirl

Delgirl Review, Christchurch Folk Club, 12 October, 2008 The all-female Dunedin trio, Delgirl, played the Christchurch Folk Club on 12 October 2008 . This was the 29th performance of 29 on their two month New Zealand-wide tour. However, the...

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Dave Hart & James Bowen

Club concert - 21 May, by Tony Kiesanowski With the evening billed as an English double feature, James "Bar" Bowen began by introducing us to his view of some of the world's characters he has come across in his travels. Reminiscent of the in...

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Darrell Scott: CD- “Live in NC”

Reviewed by Christine Smith Darrell Scott: Vocals, guitar(electric/acoustic), songwriter Danny Thompson: 'Victoria' (Acoustic Double Bass) Kenny Malone: Percussion If you're looking for a CD which will leave you gob-smacked, then this is the...

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Cam Ye Oér By Bus?

By Vic McDonald, New Edinburgh Folk Club They came frae the north, the bogs and the moors attacking the heartland as oft times before They came armed with guitars, accordions and more and one had an organ and played it full sore It became with...

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Babelfish

Feb 12, By Jan Driscoll One very hot night in more ways than one, having missed Babelfish the last time they appeared at the Club, I was looking forward to a good evenings entertainment and I was not to be disappointed. For those, like myself...

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Andrea Zonn – Love Goes On

If you are anything like me, the name Andrea Zonn means absolutely nothing to you, but, rest assured, when you hear this little gem it will spend hours in your player of choice. She's a Nashville gal. Her mother and father are musicians and she...

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Fat Boy & Slim Review

Sunday 1st March, 2009 By Marjorie Mitchell God Bless the Queen! Victoria that is. Dave Hart (Fat Boy) and John Jones (Slim) right royally entertained us at the Folk Club last night. Vaudeville is what Fat Boy and Slim excel at - like you have...

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Iain Mitchell

Review: Iain Mitchell, 5th July By Dave Hart What a breath of genuine Scots air, in more ways than one. A voice like a Scottish gale indeed. I’ve known this wee lad for some decades now and his ability to regale with song and yarns is...

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‘Pulling the Ton’: The Muddy Mama Blues Band

22 March 2015 At 9:30pm the satiated audience rose to its feet as the encore of St Louis Blues faded away. The somewhat staid interior walls of the Irish Society Hall had rocked all evening to, at times, a 10-piece band intent on remaining...

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Gats, Gats and More GATS!

Guitarist Tony Hale had been working on an idea to bring together some of our best local finger- pickers for a guitar-laden concert. It came to fruition recently as 'Fingerpicking Delights' and was warmly received by a full house at the...

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