Christchurch Folk Music Club
Chris Priestley & The Unsung Heroes
The Unsung Heroes tell stories from New Zealand’s settler past in finely crafted theatre, music, and song, with old newspaper articles & Poems that deftly introduce each song’s centra character.
A photographic slideshow of historic images as accompaniment, with, gorgeously evocative music and words, and Elliott’s old- style radio diction, sharp timing, and dry humour all predictive of ways we have come to see ourselves.
The Troupes’ Bios
Chris Priestley… NZ Historian, fine musician, singer, songwriter, and originator of the Unsung Heroes. Over the last 40 years, he has recorded original music compositions and sung songs about Aotearoa New Zealand. Three CDs were made Tui Folk Music Award Finalists. Chris is one of New Zealand’s most well-known cafe entrepreneurs, co-founder of Real Groovy Records & several at the heart of’’ Auckland-based Café/Music Venues including Java Jive, Kerouacs, Atomic, which was rebranded Café One2One.
His evenings over the last 25 years at Atomic/One2One are renowned for his
genius mix of respected national and travelling international musicians, and
the development of many other burgeoning musicians and singers. These
flourishing events there included Thursday Gathering, Friday Night Jazz with
Peter Wood and Sunday’s Young Musicians.
Cameron Bennett… is a storyteller. From his days as a cadet newspaper reporter to author and Foreign Correspondent he’s explored the stories and newsmakers behind the headlines, both here and around the world. Journalism is his day job – he currently produces a weekly tv current affairs programme and is director/writer of the ongoing NZ Land Wars documentaries featured on RNZ online. New Zealand colonial history is in his blood; from the Wairau Affray to the Western Front, his forebears have borne witness – miners, gamblers, union organisers, shopkeepers, and servicemen. Music is also in his blood. He is a singer-songwriter, plays guitar, lap steel guitar and collaborates with Chris Priestley in bringing to life the characters and stories of our past – the quirky and macabre – that shaped who
we are today.
Nigel Gavin... is a multi-award-winning musician. Initially avisitor from Long Island, New York, Now a resident, Nigel has long been a featured player in New Zealand’s music scene, particularly in Auckland, playing 7 string guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass – indeed, almost anything with strings – with the Nairobi Trio, The Fondue set, the Jews Brothers, the Blue Bottom Stompers, Lorina Harding, Wayne Gillespie, Whirimako Black, Jonathan Besser & Bravura among others. Nigel created and mentored the multi-guitar Gitbox Rebellion. Gavin is a guitarist with remarkable versatility who is very well-respected by other players around the world, and who
excites audiences with jaw-dropping solos. He continues to work in New Zealand, Europe, Australia, and the United States. (Pandemic Permitting).
Peter Elliott (ONZM) … has been integral to the development in the unique creativities of New Zealand theatre, film, and television, as actor, producer, presenter, and advocate for other actors. He trained at the Court Theatre in Christchurch and appeared in more than 60 TV dramas, over a dozen documentaries, various films, and more than 80 plays, musicals, and opera throughout the country. Peter was nominated Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor several times, and won for Until Proven Innocent, was nominated for Best Presenter twice, with Captains Log and winning with Explorers for TV One. He has a passionate interest in NZ history and has been thrilled to be involved with Unsung Heroes over the last few years.
Sonia Wilson... is “a living, breathing human Womad Festival”. Born and raised in Paris, France, UK-educated and now based in Auckland, the Franco-American singer, songwriter, and musician had a dizzying musical apprenticeship. A member of gospel and Acapella choirs from a young age, her music has taken her from the streets of Paris, across the Kenyan savannah, through remote Himalayan villages, and then ’home’ to New Zealand. When she is not performing, Sonia teaches, sessions in individual and group ukulele, guitar, and voice.
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. Folk Club and Irish Society members please remember to bring your membership card. Non-members sign in at bar.
Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available during the break.
15 May 2022
Three highly regarded local musicians have come together to form a trio that presents to you an exceptionally exciting programme of music.
22 May 2022
David will bring it all together for an evening of one man bandy, harmonica-ish, skiffley, homemade instrumenty musical cake mixed with salty-sweet chit chat.
29 May 2022
Ferris Blarney Band passionately perform tunes from their Irish heritage from traditional footstompers to classics from the Pogues & Dubliners & many other Irish artists and groups.
12 June 2022
Lloyd & Doublet, a highly entertaining duo enjoying diverse and acclaimed musical careers. They enthusiastically explore the endless combinations of piano, acoustic guitar and voice. This musical union has resulted in a great mix of self-penned material and inventive interpretations of others’ songs.
3 July 2022
Just imagine a musical fusion of Ab Fab, and a singing Miss Piggy and you’ve got a pretty accurate ideas of what these two are all about. Music ranging from folk,country, blues and self penned these ladies can deliver.
10 July 2022
The Vox Ethno ensemble is a female vocal group and band that performs traditional (ethno) folk music from the Balkans and Europe in both à capella and accompanied formats. We perform mostly original arrangements of traditional (ethno) folk music from the Balkans and across Europe.
17 July 2022
A cèilidh is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply
means a social visit. In contemporary usage, it usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place.
31 July 2022
David Evison is a local member of the Christchurch Folk Club who enjoys performing solo and with
friends. He plays guitar, mandolin and sings. This concert will include both covers and originals and
both new material and some favourites.