Christchurch Folk Music Club
Fingerpicking Delights VI
Concert founder Tony Hale cordially invites you to tonight’s edition of this long-running
guitar showcase. The five acts are jam packed with talent, with guitars navigating solos and
backing singers whose material will not just be in English.
Stepping up from a popular support role last year, our headline act is anchored by a 7-string
guitar and flute, and playing bossa nova rhythms. You can enjoy Clube do Choro’s jam
sessions at A Rolling Stone on Friday nights and even join in if you are a good note-reader.
Guitarist Julien Pringot and flutist wife Marianne Bedin hail from France while Renata Rubini
sings in her native Portuguese and English. They will be augmented by some of the many
friends they play with.
Professional musician David Thorpe has played at the Folk Club under different names –
Davey Backyard and Li’l Chuck, and backed Judi Smitheram on harmonica, while at a recent Canterbury Folk Festival he tutored a song writing workshop. Tonight, he is welcomed to Fingerpicking Delights as an acoustic guitar player and singer of the old-time blues.
Sure to capture attention is Jonathan Le Cocq, making a rare appearance as a solo guitarist.
Known better for his rhythmic-melodic counterpoint to Tessa White’s fiddle and mandolin in the Celtic duo Entrada, Jonathan is a skilled fingerpicking composer and exponent of Leo Kottke’s tunes. Tessa will join him near the end of his set.
Tony Hale has been exploring the role of fingerpicked guitar in popular song. He continues this with long-time collaborator Kristina Godfrey, seen most recently at the Folk Club singing alongside Andy Thompson. We can expect open-tunings for Joni Mitchell songs, an Adele reworking of a Cure standard and maybe a Christchurch song!
Dynamic singing and guitaring duo The Remnants shoot for “a clean, uncluttered, and
delightful acoustic sound.” They have cemented themselves as firm Folk Club favourites and
it’s great to have them back. Bruce Penno and Rob Allan will sample from their songbag that
includes Bruce Cockburn, Simon & Garfunkel, Crowded House, Jason Mraz and more.
Izzy Miller Bell will jolly us along through compering the evening.
This concert generally attracts near-capacity crowds so members should consider pre-
Extract from a 2020 review: “At the conclusion of the concert I glanced at my watch and was
surprised to find it was after 10 pm. The concert was so good I’d lost track of the time” –
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.
21 November 2021
Throughout four decades of writing, traveling and recording Andrew London has carved his own niche in the Kiwi music business. Elements of blues, folk, country, jazz, western swing and English music hall are evident, and the lines between them joyously blurred
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.