Christchurch Folk Music Club

Monique Aikens joined by Ryan Fishermann

28 April 2019 $10 Members $15 Non-members $5 Students with ID


Her 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. “I wanted to evoke images of the vast and diverse landscapes I was seeing, while capturing stories of love lost and found”.


Through the recording process, producer and musical genius James Duncan (Dimmer, SJD, and Punches) was able to work his magic to create lush soundscapes made up from strings and percussion, while keeping Monique’s lyrical vocal in the forefront.


Her second self released album titled ‘Lovers’ was also long listed for the 2018 Taite music prize. Recorded over a week at Auckland’s Roundhead studios. This time Monique worked closely with cousin Ben Malone to co-write and produce an EP. “We are more like siblings and I think we pushed each other pretty hard musically,”


The collaborative nature of the project allowed her to develop her songwriting and style, moving from folk into dream pop. “I wanted to create an album that was emotionally loaded lyrically but didn’t leave the listener feeling heavy”.


“I had just left a long term relationship during the writing phase and was trying to come to terms with the idea of lust being this fluid ever changing beast”.


Monique is currently preparing for a cluster of shows which will be taking place throughout New Zealand over the next few months. You can find her music online.

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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