Christchurch Folk Music Club
Fingerpicking Delights VII
3 December 2023
- Members: $15
- General Admission: $20
- Students with ID $5
Reserve your seats here: https://forms.gle/MpbrmCLcRS9e3bMAA
Tony Hale welcomes you to another edition of this long-running guitar concert, in which the best guitar fingerpickers in Christchurch, and sometimes beyond, combine into a versatile concert with something for all. Covid-19 has wrecked performance schedules so artists are raring to go tonight.
Adept at many fingerpicking styles, popular headliner Graham Wardrop is back, an artist who carries an audience with him, tells his life stories and who has built over 30 instruments. He writes, “I have been playing guitar and singing professionally for over fifty years. Usually a soloist, I have played with countless artists, bands and recently orchestras.
Over the last couple of years ‘Braggins and Wardrop and Dunne’ has been a big focus and getting three-part harmony has been both a challenge and a joy. A huge highlight of 2022 was playing guitar and singing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington and the Auckland Philharmonia under the baton of maestro Tom Rainey. Finger-style guitar has been and continues to be my passion and focus.”
Singer-songwriter-fingerpicker Sue Galvin comes aboard for the first time. She has been playing for folk music audiences for 25 years, in Dunedin bands ‘Themselves’ and ‘Teud’, the pan Te Waipounamu band ‘Peninsula Envy’, and Christchurch bands ‘Bantam of the Opera’ and ‘Hidden Talent’. A fleeting glimpse of Sue, guitar (and fiddle) in hand (not simultaneously), can be seen on Aldous Harding’s 2022 video release, Fever. Sue’s own most popular video features a possum being chased around the Geraldine Academy of Performance and Arts at a ‘Peninsula Envy’ gig. Sue plays waiata in her morning team
meetings at Hillmorton Hospital, where she works full time as a clinical psychologist.
Tonight, we can look forward to a stage act that presents her wit and unique commentary on life.
Tony Hale aims his well-fingerpicked folk guitar at a selection of commercial songs with long-time singing partner Kristina Godfrey. Join with us as we tune into Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, and Joan Baez, some with open guitar tunings. Tony recently appeared at the Folk Club with Fiddlesticks but this year has mainly dealt with Covid and continued his passion for researching Christchurch folk music. Kristina, during lockdown, has written some new material and post-Covid has been rehearsing retro-Kiwi songs from the 1960s with her trio ‘Saffron Sisters’ (Mary Ruston and Frances Caldwell), shifting house, and recovering from a broken ankle.
Classical guitarist David Smith makes a welcome return to Fingerpicking Delights. He writes, “Fortunately, there have been only a few interruptions to the lessons in schools. Also, I have been able to squeeze in my annual winter visits to the West Coast for workshops focusing on grade exam preparations. The guitar, being a self-contained solo instrument, has proved to be a valuable and faithful companion during lockdowns and other periods of isolation. One rewarding experience was videoing the St. Andrews College annual demonstration concert where each instrument was recorded individually and then expertly put together like a jigsaw puzzle.”
Blues singer, guitarist and Fine Arts painter Steph McEwin has appeared at the Folk Club but is new to this concert. She shares, “Music in this past year has included solo and duo gigs around town and playing with “The Fabulous Blue Beats”, which also includes my husband, as the drummer in the band. I have performed in two great shows alongside the wonderful Lisa Tui and am excited about prospects of collab shows and concerts moving forwards.
“Music sparked in me as a child listening to my father’s Mahalia Jackson records. From there, I taught myself guitar and began writing songs when I was 10 years old. My style is inspired by the great jazz/ blues/ gospel singers and I am working on a show for Dec 4th at Fat Eddies called “Lady Sings the Blues”, where I will take the audience on a musical journey, from Bessie Smith to Billie Eilish, to homage the courage of these great performers and their influence upon the next generation of singers.”
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.
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