Christchurch Folk Music Club
It began with the grandiose, evocative and purposeful melodies of the pentacostal Baptist movement and moved through the raw, smoke-filled, beer-smelling couches, gay/lesbian festivals and bars, hometown pubs, cafes and folk clubs of 1990s New Zealand. The visceral power of melody combined with a strong back-beat and the evocative twang of the electric guitar.
I began a parallel career in music teaching and delved into writing musicals and music for children’s theater (I’ve composed for Tim Bray Productions for 10 years now). I developed an appetite for non-traditional music-making listening to bands like STOMP .Through an album collaboration with Steve Garden I was introduced to contemporary New Zealand music. The works of David Downes and John Psathas exuded an exciting energy and melding of sound texture with intensity.
A degree in Sonic Arts Composition at Victoria University brought about a massive shift in my approach to sound as a compositional tool and allowed me to explore creative process more deeply. For a time it even led me to question the validity of songwriting. But life back out of the academic institution and a break-up put paid to that, and began a year of grief and emptying out on a number of levels.
This new album gathers not just my own personal heartbreaks but the various creative methodologies I’ve used and appreciated over time. Through images and symbols of conveyor belts, Russian dolls, turnstiles, and creatures of the deep, I’ve allowed myself to move through the world of metaphor. I stuck pictures up on my wall and I mined them. The pictures became collages, and the collages gave way to songs. The songs gave me the sense that the deepest parts of me had been heard.
I now share these songs with you.
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.
24 February 2019
Luca Ciarla presents a workshop focusing on the study of jazz and improvisation for string players
24 February 2019
A creative and surprising violinist, Luca Ciarla easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds.
3 March 2019 Featuring Liz Braggins, Ryan Neville and the Midnight Blues Band, and Judi Smitheram and Mary Ruston.read more
10 March 2019
A beautifully crafted folk-tinged material showcases his incredible, distinctive and intricate fingerstyle guitar work – an exciting blend of the folk-baroque, blues and classical styles
24 March 2019
Thru looping uke, flute and vocal lines, they bring tenor and bass ukuleles into a new light awash with beautiful harmonies, creating transcendent rhythmic spaces inviting reflection and conversation.
31 March 2019
Rob is well known to many music fans throughout New Zealand through his work with Hobnail, The Shot Band, and Too Many Chiefs. The seemingly tireless Rob Joass will release his 3rd solo album, ‘Pencarrow’.
28 April 2019
Monique Aiken’s debut album String was long listed for the Taite Music Prize 2015. Poetic, honest and haunting vocals hark back to her Celtic folk roots. The body of work was largely written during her time traveling through SE Asia and Europe.
5 May 2019
A familiar name on the Christchurch music scene, Elizabeth is also known internationally for her piano playing, singing and composition. She has a unique style developed from many years of immersion in the music industry and will be joined by her daughter, Olivia Wilson
12 May 2019
the Ferris’s are back to put together another nonstop show of diverse quality music and variety from talented experienced professional gal and guy musos
26 May 2019
For over three decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur.