Christchurch Folk Music Club
Throughout four decades of writing, travelling and recording Andrew London has carved his own niche in the Kiwi music business, and amassed an enviable army of followers. Not being genre-specific, however, makes marketing difficult. Elements of blues, folk, country, jazz, western swing and English music hall are evident, and the lines between them joyously blurred.
Throughout two dozen albums of original songs, some recorded with his Hot Club Sandwich Trio, some with country band The Cattlestops, and some under his own name, his quirky songs gently (and sometimes not-so-gently) lampoon our Kiwi obsessions, attitudes and taboos with witty and playful lyrics that ‘would evoke a smile of agreement from Mose Allison or Dave Frishberg’, (Downbeat USA).
Recent reviewers of Andrew’s songs have made comparisons to the late John Clarke (who admitted to being a fan), Tim Minchin, Flanders and Swann, Tom Lehrer…even Noel Coward, and after a recent appearance live on NZ’s National Radio, one commentator remarked ‘The Andrew London Trio are Flight of the Conchords for Rest Homes!’.
The 2020 lockdown enabled Andrew and his bass-playing wife Kirsten to focus on their duo performance, honing their repertoire into a more stripped-down package, with satire, irony and his signature ‘wordsmithery’ to the fore.
His songs have been included in a national year 13 English syllabus, National Radio’s ‘Greatest Song Ever Written’ segment, feature films (including the recent award-winning biopic ‘No Ordinary Sheila’) and European swing music compilations. He is the only Kiwi act in recent times to have performed in Saudi Arabia.
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.
19 September 2021
This concert acknowledges and brings to the fore a celebration of women’s talents in both music and the arts.
26 September 2021
In 2019 Graham Wardrop and Tom Rainey took to the Great Hall with a James Taylor Tribute, now they are back to share the show with the Christchurch Folk Music Club.
3 October 2021
Adam McGrath is a folk singer stationed wherever he lands. He travels the state highways and byways of New Zealand, Australia, Europe and parts beyond, slinging songs and offering up low rent barroom philosophy with his band of misfits and chancers, The Eastern.
17 October 2021
For this very special performance at the Christchurch Folk Club they will be joined by their 2 sons, both of whom have performed at the club previously.
7 November 2021
Five acts are jam packed with talent, with guitars navigating solos and
backing singers whose material will not just be in English.
28 November 2021
Martin’s concerts combine quiet thoughtful songs about NZ and beyond with hilarious bush poetry and other humorous material he has picked up along the way.
5 December 2021
In December, the full force of this collective, seen at the Christchurch Folk Club in 2018, will include the spine-tingling accordion of Sophia Bidwell, the tastefully blended soulful cello of Nicole Reddington along with their delicate harmonies and supreme musicianship.
20 February 2022
Ronél writes songs about real life and is a firm believer in being real and being yourself. She tells stories through her songs that connect to the audience in a personal and real way.