Christchurch Folk Music Club
Open Mic: restart 2021 by performing to an appreciative audience
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.
Everything is provided – microphones, stage, lighting, leads, music stands – plus a dedicated sound tech who will work with you to make your best!
If you have specific requests please talk to him before the event starts. We are a listening audience that focuses respectfully on the performers and lots of encouragement.
Perform material you know – we don’t expect perfection but you’ll always come across better if you really know your stuff. However, if you are a regular performer at our open mics we challenge you to bring new material to share.
Further develop your repertoire whilst offering the audience variety.
Sign-up time is 7pm. Please come promptly to ensure a time-slot. You will get to perform two songs, with a time-limit of up to 10 minutes; this includes your setting up and introductions.
You are most welcome to bring your own mic.
All Admission $5
Doors open at 7pm, for sign up and familiarise yourself with venue and the sound team. The Open Mic starts at 7.30pm
Some tips for performers
* Be tuned-up and ready to take the stage when it’s your turn.
* Stay close to the mic for best vocals – our mics work best between 25 and 75mm.
* After you play, the polite thing to do is stick around and listen to others.
* Be positive and encouraging. It takes guts to get up and everyone deserves bouquets for doing that.
* We all make mistakes, blow chords, and forgets lyrics sometimes. Don’t worry and don’t apologise.
* Do play contrasting songs (One slow, one fast, one in major, one in minor, one strummed, one finger picking etc.)
* Don’t play two songs in the same key back-to-back. Even if an audience doesn’t know, their ears will start to get bored.
* Don’t apologise before you play a song. We want to be excited about your song, support yourself by being positive.
* Do have fun! Savour the experience. You transmit your feelings from the stage – so if you have fun so will the audience.
* Practice your introductions, short & specific – you’d prefer they remember the song and not the long-winded ramble – right?
* Do prepare. Don’t launch into something you’re still learning * be kind to yourself and take the time you need to prepare and be confident!
* Keep coming back. You’ll get better and better…
…and bring your friends to cheer you on
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.
7 March 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. Sign up begins at 5:45pm and will be first come, first served.
14 March 2021
Hailing from Hawkes Bay, Singer – Songwriter Madeleine Howard infuses her pop-folk songs with heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies.
21 March 2021
Brought together by mutual respect and a love of good country music, Jeremy, Mary and Phil present original songs and tunes, top notch arrangements and tight three-part harmonies.
28 March 2021
2nd – 5th April 2021
11 April 2021
With his upcoming solo Road Works concert for us, John will present an equal measure of original guitar instrumentals and poetic songs that reflect ordinary life in New Zealand.
18 April 2021
Peninsula Envy’s repertoire includes quirky pre-loved and original songs telling tales of desire, deception and disgust. They draw on artists ranging from Kath Tait and Jake Thackeray through to Indigo Girls and The Dear Janes.
2 May 2021
Featuring the talents of:
Blair Allchurch, Geoff Skinner, Andy Thompson, John Parkinson, Ans Fonteyn, Jeremy Brownbrooke, Liz Nichol and Nigel Malthus
9 May 2021
Nine talented performers will bring a bold set of songs, stories and poems to the stage to entertain and refresh many memories of ‘The Good Old Days’.
16 May 2021
Three highly regarded local musicians have come together to form a trio that presents to you an exceptionally exciting programme of music.