Christchurch Folk Music Club
Hillbilly Hoedown – Barn dance/Ceilidh
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 fiddle,
flute, 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 timekeeping 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 fixed 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.
20 June 2021
Singer, song writer, acclaimed finger-style guitarist, luthier. Opening act – John Wright
27 June 2021
Lindsey Shields is a Dunedin based singer and songwriter with her own take on
things personal and political, on topics as diverse as Harrison Ford and the
Menopause. An avid traveller, she has found recent travel constraints have
spawned a few new themes.
4 July 2021
For the past 19 years Rural Delivery (Version 4.3) has given audiences in Christchurch fun mixed with music. Time hasn’t dimmed their desire to enjoy making music mutually satisfying music – isn’t that the best part of any day or week?
18 July 2021 , 4-5pm
18 July 2021
ood Habits are a UK alternative-folk duo composed of singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist Pete Shaw. They create folk-infused songs that test the limits of their traditional instruments; maintaining folk roots of musical storytelling amongst their energetic, virtuosic playing.
25 July 2021
Both need no introduction to the folk club regulars, having both been performers and strong supporters of Canterbury Folk music for many years. Looking forward to a fun night.
1 August 2021
Get up on stage and show the world of our audience you’re a star! All kids are welcome to sign up for an 8 minute shot at fame and fortune – or at least become a Folk Club favourite.
1 August 2021
We provide an outlet for local acoustic performers – singers, songwriters and poets all welcome. We encourage all levels – novice or expert – to hone performance skills in front of a listening and empathetic audience.
8 August 2021 SUSS4’s repertoire is an eclectic mix ranging from jazz standards and Brazilian/Cuban classics to blues, R&B, country rock and modern pop! With their common choral background, the emphasis is strongly on vocal harmony, whatever the genre.
15 August 2021
Andy is touring his Canterbury Heritage Show in Spring which features past eccentric innovator from here who have contributed to our colourful and fascinating history. He has recorded 7 albums over the past 4 decades and continues to teach guitar and hold songwriting seminars.