Christchurch Folk Music Club
Fiddlesticks Return Home
And happy to be so! Surrounded by green bush, kiwi accents and wonderful tasting
We have loved our 16 years in Australia and cherished the many challenges and opportunities
that presented with music, partnerships, and influences.
Some of the highlights of our time in Aus:-
- The first 5 years we performed and toured for “QLD Arts Council”.
- While living in Brisbane we helped set up the “Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club”.
- For 7 years we founded and directed the “Sunshine Fiddle Camp”.
- 2018 we ran the “Fiddlers Rally” at the National Folk Festival
- and have been members of the “Hjaltibonhoga Fiddlers” in the Edinburgh Tattoo for the 2
times it toured Australia.
Our last 6 years saw us settle in the NT surrounded by music, culture, and opportunity. Karen
worked as a string teacher, founding, and running the Desert Fiddle Club. “Fiddlesticks”
continued as a four-piece band, playing weekly at a local recycle café (which seemed fitting). As
well Jacko found a new passion in Klezmer music while Karen formed a duo called “Wee
Bit” revisiting her cultural influence of Trad Scottish Music with Marg Collins.
Marg Collins, a much-in-demand Alice Springs keyboard/piano accordion and flute player
played in the Klezmer group with Jacko and is Karen’s Duo partner in “Wee Bit”. We are
excited to have Marg join Fiddlesticks for the Wellington Folk Festival and a South Island
tour in 2022.
We are lucky to also include the wonderful Carol Rose, a well-known, valued Kiwi Folkie
and fellow West Coaster, who will join us on Bass, guitar, and vocals.
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, Eftpos available for purchases only, no cash-out facility. Folk Club and Irish Society members please remember to bring your membership card for licencing purposes. Non-members sign in at bar.
9 October 2022
A man with a history of song and stories -Al Park has been a name on the Christchurch music scene for some considerable time
20 November 2022
Christchurch-based female musical quartet are happiest exploring and experimenting with a variety of genres, infusing their sweet harmonies and musicianship, original songs and selected covers into Americana, alt-folk, country and blues gems.
27 November 2022
Following on from two sold out concerts in Tasman & Nelson Ma Bell brings her Songbird of the South show to the Folk Club stage accompanied by John Bevin, Mike Kime & Guests.
4 December 2022
The Kilmarnock Edition began performing as a group over thirty years ago. The group features mainly Scottish and Irish songs, both serious and amusing, with audience