Christchurch Folk Music Club
James Bar Bowen
James Bar Bowen is an original acoustic folk-punk singer songwriter from the north of England. His poetic and thought-provoking songs tell personal and political stories from a variety of perspectives, with an enthusiastic (and at times even optimistic) engagement with bigger social, political and philosophical ideas.
Playing an individual guitar style (rhythmic strumming, flat-picking and finger-picking) combined with a powerful, evocative and individual voice, a James Bar Bowen concert is a striking combination of intelligently worked lyrics, engaging melodies and dynamic atmospherics (from gobsmacking to goosebumps, sensitive to singalong, heartfelt to humourous).
Deeply rooted in punkrock culture and antifascist politics as well as folk traditions of the British Isles and beyond, James Bar Bowen is a charismatic perfomer who takes you on a journey deeper into the heart of poetic songwriting and entertaining musicianship – and there are even a few laughs to be had!
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.
22 September 2019
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.
22 September 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 in front of a sympathetic audience.
29 September 2019
With a total of ten instruments between them; a bunch of original songs and tunes; throw in some top notch arrangements and tight three-part harmonies; and there you have it
6 October 2019
The group features mainly Scottish and Irish songs, both serious and amusing, with audience participation welcomed.
13 October 2019
Kenny Speirs has been a well-known figure on the national and international folk circuit for over twenty five years
20 Oct 2019
Play a range of songs and tunes from toe tapping, recognisable standards to some obscure songs from other genres that are given the Port Hillbillies once over
2 Nov 2019
Get your dancing shoes on and come on down to the Folk Club for a Saturday night Boogie.
24 November 2019
Wellingtonian Bill Hickman has a voice that has you coming back for more – celebrating the release of his latest album ‘Crossbones
1 December 2019
A man of landscape and soundscape; Jon Sanders has developed a unique world music sound and style that evokes diverse cultures in a “quantum leaping” way, (so says the Irish Times).
16 February 2020
Covering the field from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality, to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art – all this accompanied by anglo concertina and button accordion.