Christchurch Folk Music Club

Ryan Neville and the Midnight Blues Show Band 15 July 2018

An audience member commented that it was impossible to sit still with this fabulous music playing, they just had to stand up and dance. This summarises the night, music that offered toe tapping danceable grooves. Just back for a tour in USA the tight and professional band experience showed. The blues were expanded on so that we were offered interest, yes there were the expected twelve bar blues, supplemented by some interest, some sultry diva solos, followed by rollicking guitar licks that gave the impression that we had our personal Joe Bonamassa performing for us.

37712746_1883245101732819_1278097746628182016_o

Singer Emma received a compliment from one of the listeners who shared that her voice reminded them so much of Madeleine Peyroux, she was extremely happy to accept this compliment. Variety was to the fore. The changing of instruments, not only showed the diversity of the band, it also illustrated the technical skills to master more than one instrument.

Steve on keys and bass, Emma razzled a variety of percussion, Chontelle on keys and vocals, and Ryan showcasing his ability to make the strings sing. A night of energy galore, which sometimes had the over-singing of Chontelle had me on edge, however once she settled and relaxed her tone was enjoyable and offered a sense of intrigue.

37588628_1883245211732808_8600319298935717888_o

If you missed the show the photos capture some of the experience and here is a link to a video that the band has released.

 

  by Judi Smitheram, Secretary

More Reviews

Simon Kerr

Review by Lynette-Diaz - July 20, 2008 New Zealand native, Simon Kerr, has been living in Australia for the past six months. Leaving his New Zealand band the Acoustic Junkies to go it solo in the big Melbourne pond. During his recent Folk Club...

read more

Ruth Wyand – Review

Club concert - 23 April, by Isabella Miller Bell I really look forward to receiving the folk club magazine and reading through to see who's coming to town and who's doing what with whom these days. When I read that Ruth Wyand was to be...

read more

Rural Delivery

Concert at Club Sunday 8 October, Reviewed by Margorie Mitchell With "just a desire to entertain" Rural Delivery succeed from every angle. A comedy night – with incidental music – was an understatement offered from one of the band during the...

read more

Port Fairy Folk Festival – March 9th-12th, 2007

By Lance Risk If it is possible to have too much of a good thing, Port Fairy Folk Festival is just that for a hard core Festival haunting Folkie like me. It is like every New Zealand festival run over the same weekend. Set up six giant tent...

read more

Back Porch Music

Reviewed By Larry Milnes I noticed in a review in the previous Hear Ye that the reviewer closed with the postscript "If you love music don’t flog it off the net" and while I agree with this, a positive by-product of this digital technology is...

read more

An open letter from Dunedin

Okay Canterbury... Now you've done it. This was supposed to be raid, for heaven's sake! This was war. But when we crossed the border between Otago and Canterbury what met us? Nothing! Where were the barricades? There weren’t any. We stopped off...

read more

Compadres – James Keelahan & Oscar Lopez

At Al's Bar, 31/1/09 Reviewed by Gill Coe From the very first bars, you knew you were in for something special. The big Canadian with his beautiful baritone voice, paired with the sexy, bejewelled, Chilean with flying fingers and a delightful...

read more

Johnny Possum’s Goodtime Hootin’ Band

Sunday 6th May - Reviewed by Geoff Anders Johnny Possums Good Time Hootin' Band. What a name. Someone obviously has a sense of humour. Finding a good name for a new band isn't always easy so is sometimes rushed and regretted. This one works...

read more

Hera – at the Club – 17/9/06

Reviewed by Phillip Marshall Hera graced the stage with a quiet confidence and surety in her performance. Her extensive touring and recording was evident in the strong delivery of her songs. Hera’s Taylor 314CE cutaway guitar sounded bright and...

read more

Graham Wardrop and Rosa Shiels

10th June 2007, by Geoff Skinner For those who ventured out to attend this concert on one of the coldest nights of the year, they were more than well rewarded by Rosa and Graham ready to entertain, and obviously loving this reunion of musical...

read more

Emeralds And Greenstone

Concert In The Great Hall - 30 April, by Hamish Wilson. The ambitious project was the last in the "Jazz For Lunch" series , part of the Montana Jazz Festival 2006. The concept of this concert was to combine Maori and Celtic musical styles and...

read more

Enda Kenny – Here and There (CD)

Review by Dave Hart This man has long been held in the highest regard as one of the finest singer-songwriters of our time. Enda’s songs give a very real view of where he stands and how he sees the world and the events in it. The songs in this...

read more

Delgirl

Delgirl Review, Christchurch Folk Club, 12 October, 2008 The all-female Dunedin trio, Delgirl, played the Christchurch Folk Club on 12 October 2008 . This was the 29th performance of 29 on their two month New Zealand-wide tour. However, the...

read more

Dave Hart & James Bowen

Club concert - 21 May, by Tony Kiesanowski With the evening billed as an English double feature, James "Bar" Bowen began by introducing us to his view of some of the world's characters he has come across in his travels. Reminiscent of the in...

read more

Darrell Scott: CD- “Live in NC”

Reviewed by Christine Smith Darrell Scott: Vocals, guitar(electric/acoustic), songwriter Danny Thompson: 'Victoria' (Acoustic Double Bass) Kenny Malone: Percussion If you're looking for a CD which will leave you gob-smacked, then this is the...

read more

Cam Ye Oér By Bus?

By Vic McDonald, New Edinburgh Folk Club They came frae the north, the bogs and the moors attacking the heartland as oft times before They came armed with guitars, accordions and more and one had an organ and played it full sore It became with...

read more

Babelfish

Feb 12, By Jan Driscoll One very hot night in more ways than one, having missed Babelfish the last time they appeared at the Club, I was looking forward to a good evenings entertainment and I was not to be disappointed. For those, like myself...

read more

Andrea Zonn – Love Goes On

If you are anything like me, the name Andrea Zonn means absolutely nothing to you, but, rest assured, when you hear this little gem it will spend hours in your player of choice. She's a Nashville gal. Her mother and father are musicians and she...

read more

Fat Boy & Slim Review

Sunday 1st March, 2009 By Marjorie Mitchell God Bless the Queen! Victoria that is. Dave Hart (Fat Boy) and John Jones (Slim) right royally entertained us at the Folk Club last night. Vaudeville is what Fat Boy and Slim excel at - like you have...

read more