Christchurch Folk Music Club
A cèilidh is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply means a social visit. In contemporary usage, it usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place.
Cèilidh music may be provided by an assortment of instruments including ddle, ute, tin whistle, accordion, bodhrán, hammered dulcimer and in more recent times also drums, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and electric bass guitar.
The music is cheerful and lively, consisting in Ireland mainly of jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, slip-jigs and waltzes, with Scotland adding strathspeys, and England adding regional forms such as the northeastern rant.
The basic steps can be learned easily; a short instructional session is often provided for new dancers before the start of the dance itself.
Dancing at Cèilidhs is usually in the form of Cèilidh dances, set dances or couple dances. A “Set” consists of four to eight couples, with each pair of couples facing another in a square or rectangular formation. Each couple exchanges position with the facing couple, and also facing couples exchange partners, while all the time keeping in step with the beat of the music.
However, about half of the dances in the modern Scots Cèilidh are couples’ dances performed in a ring. These can be performed by six couples or in the more sociable “progressive” manner, with the lady moving to the next gentleman in the ring at or near the end of each repetition of the steps.
Some of the dances are named after famous regiments, historical battles and events, others after items of daily rural life. The “Gay Gordons”, “Siege of Ennis”, “The Walls of Limerick” and “The Stack of Barley” are popular.
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.
30 June 2019
Love love love… it seems everybody’s singing about it, and not surprisingly. Love has the power to affect us in the most profound ways. In this mid-year concert Women in Harmony explores the many aspects of love through an eclectic selection of songs from all genres.
7 July 2019
Best Enemies is a five piece band made up of members that have played together over the years in different line ups.
Focusing heavily on original songs peppered with covers in the Americana vein.
14 July 2019
Hobnail will be celebrating 25 years of touring far, wide, and tirelessly throughout New Zealand. To mark the occasion they are embarking on a national tour and releasing a “Best Of” album showcasing tracks taken from their 7 studio albums.
21 July 2019
Presenting a mixture of trad, acoustic blues and other stuff with some of it taken from their new album: “The Long and the Short of it.”
28 July 2019
What began as an ‘Irish duo with a twist’ delivering traditional and untraditional songs and tunes in an unexpectedly refreshing style. Now a three-piece, Argene, Kirsten and Mary’s sound is strong in Irish flavour with a hit of rock, pop and jazz
4 August 2019read more
4 August 2019
We provide an outlet for local acoustic performers – singers, songwriters & poets all welcome. We encourage all levels – novice or expert – to hone performance skills
18 August 2019
An energetic singer/songwriter based out of Christchurch, Caleb Isaacs writes pop songs that feel like rock songs and folk songs that sometimes feel like soul songs.
25 August 2019
Mixing folk, country and Irish traditional music performing original songs and re-arrangements in an energetic yet sensitive way.
1 September 2019
Jeff and Colin both respected musicians in their own rights are getting together on one of the rare appearances to present a set list of some favourite singers and songwriters from the last 30 years.