Christchurch Folk Music Club

Jonathon Harper: half a century of touring, composing & recording

11 April 2021 $15 Members $20 Non-members $5 Students with ID

Jonathon Harper needs little introduction. He has paid his dues now after half a century of touring, composing, and recording.

His career has fallen into different eras with the focus on mastering a certain type of music: Folk, Classical, Latin, Rock, Italian, Flamenco, and (naturally enough) World Music.  

His recent concert at Waikanae’s public Art Gallery with his ART GHETTO band featured a multi-instrumental mix of South American, Folk, and Jazz…creating their own local version of World Music. It included two South American musicians.

Now, with his upcoming solo Road Works concert for us, he will present an equal measure of original guitar instrumentals and poetic songs that reflect ordinary life in New Zealand. Jonathon admires and likes to emulate Sam Hunt’s approach that has harnessed a sophisticated knowledge of language and poetry to successfully reflect the experience of life back to ordinary Kiwis – including shows in public bars.  

Jonathon resided for seven years in Christchurch, then Wellington. He has also lived in Rome, Italy. Now he is enjoying living among the sylvan surroundings and bathing in the warm water at Laingholm beach near Titirangi in Auckland.

Some original highlights:
FOLK MOODS FOR BRUCE (Bruce was president of the Palmerston North Folk Club and debated the nature of Folk Music with Jonathon)
BLUE ROMANCE (instrumental composed at Corsair Bay)
SIETE (instrumental with seven beats to each bar)
THE WAGON (Clydesdale Wagon versus modern cars)
MERVYN THOMPSON (you probably know the story)


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.


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