Christchurch Folk Music Club
The Czech Mates
Is a newly formed trio from Prague put together specially to tour NZ in 2020. Featuring Anna Kurkova on vocals, flute and saxophone, Vladimir Hajek on guitar and vocals and Craig Denham (NZ) on Accordion, percussion and vocals.
The band plays a lively mix of Moravian, Slovak, Gypsy Swing, Balkan, Folk, Pop and Original Music from the streets and cafes of Prague.
Anna Kurkova was born in Prague and started playing music at age 6. She studied classical flute at the Jaroslav Ježek conservatory in Prague and went on to continue studying jazz saxophone there. She loves a diverse range of styles and plays in 5 different bands in Prague from Latin and Spanish Rhumba to Gypsy Swing and street music.
Vladmir Hajek is from Znojmo in Moravia. He started learning clarinet as a child but later fell in love with the guitar and went on to study classical guitar at the conservatory. He was music teacher at a number of schools and music schools in Prague but more recently has given up the teaching to pursue performance full time. He also plays in a diverse mix of line-ups in Prague from Irish Pub duo (with Craig) through to a classical guitar duo and wedding band. He also conducts a womens choir.
Craig Denham is a multi-instrumentalist well known to New Zealand audiences having been a part of the local music scene for many years. He has toured the country extensively and played numerous festivals. Craig divides his time between Prague and New Zealand and has a number of different musical projects in both places.
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.
21 February 2020
The return to the road of C-City’s own Adam McGrath, lead singer of the south islands lovable table standers and glass spillers The Eastern. Joined by Scottish harpist and singer Esther Swift.
23 February 2020
Ian Williams and Katie Mosehauer are the Glass Heart String Choir (formerly The Thoughts), a classically-influenced duo that write emotionally-charged, cinematic songs.
1 March 2020
At once heartfelt and sophisticated, Jackie Bristow combines subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that hypnotise the listener, demand complete surrender and then stick around with the backbone of a real friend.
8 March 2020
Jean came to singing Country music and joined Silverpeaks Country Music Club in Dunedin. She first performed at Gold Guitars in Gore in 2013, in the over 60’s section, and won Best NZ Song that year with her own composition.
15 March 2020
Formed of Singer-Cellist and Songwriter Bonnie Schwarz & international Klezmer accordionist, Pete Shaw, the band take their recent venture as a duo, touring new Zealand Jan-March 2020.
22 March 2020
Award winning Fingerstyle guitarist and composer Jordan Brodie, is regarded as “one of the best young guitar players in Australia”
5 April 2020
The Avalon swing performers live and play amongst the gyspy swing musicians of South East Qld. There, that musical world is filled with entrancing melodies.
19 April 2020
10 May 2020
At the heart, Ronél is a storyteller. She has the ability to step into a song and to become a part of the story, as she takes the audience with her on a beautiful journey of discovering the heart of each song.
24 May 2020
A colour-coordinated funky-punky-folky party mix of the uniquely original and the surprisingly familiar.