Christchurch Folk Music Club
In Search of Native Song: Traditional Folksong Collecting in New Zealand
During the last few years I've undertaken research into traditional folk music in New Zealand. In light of recent correspondence posted at Musical Traditions I thought it would be worth sharing what I've discovered about the history of collecting in this country. ...
Highlights from the final concert of the 7th New Zealand National Folk Festival – 1971
Highlights from the final concert of the 7th New Zealand National Folk Festival held on 6th June 1971 at St James Theatre, Wellington, broadcast on 2ZB 3rd October 1971. The Rocky Road To Dublin – Bill TaylorFrankie And Johnny – Mitch ParkThe Lady Came From Baltimore...
Remembering Christchurch hangouts of the 80s and 90s
Recently, an academic friend pointed me towards the word solastalgia. Solastalgia is a kind of homesickness for a place that no longer exists, a "place that you did not leave but that somehow left you". Finally, a word for the Christchurch spaces, hangouts and quirky...
Father of NZ folk music – Otago Daily Times
8 April 2017, Dave Cannan/contributed folk musician. Phil Garland may have been a born and bred, TrueBlue Cantabrian, but as the self-styled 'father of New Zealand folk music' his huge influence was felt nationwide, especially in Central Otago, for which he...
March 2020 – Folk Club Goes Online
21 March 2020 - New Zealand went into Level 4 Lockdown - People were instructed to stay at home in their bubble and leave their residence only for essential travel. This meant the Club had to innovate -
Recipients of Christchurch Civic Awards 2019 – Judi Smitheram
Article care of: Christchurch City Council "Folk music is the voice of the community, the voice that traditionally comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable. It is the music that binds the generations together, the harmony that bridges ages, cultures...
Liz Nichol: A Tale of Longevity
By Tony HaleLiz Nichol is known to folk music audiences in recent times mainly from her collaborations with other musicians. But in the early days of the Folk Club she was a frequently booked solo artist at the Bedford Row Folk Centre. In fact, the records for 1972-3...
Unsung hero reflects on 40 years of recording New Zealand music
Christchurch man Arnie van Bussel has been recording New Zealand music for 40 years. Jordan Luck calls him a legend. He's worked with Flying Nun legends to chanting nuns. Now a pensioner, he's still recording folk bands and death metallers. Read more>> ---...
Finding our folk at the Christchurch Folk Music Club's 50th celebrations. Thank you Warren Watson for recording these wonderful memories. Thank you to Tony Hale for selected captions
Camel Cottage, Andy Thompson in Concert
Ben the Hoose – winners of Tui for Best Folk Music Album of 2006
Scottish-born musicians Kenny Ritch and Bob McNeill of the duo Ben the Hoose are the winners of the Tui for Best Folk Music Album of 2006 for the album The Little Cascade.
Phil Garland – Folk Music Awards 2007
The founder and life member of the Christchurch Folk Club, Phil Garland, won the Tui for the best folk album of 2007.
A Collection of Photos from John Flynn
The first 6 photos in this collection provided by John Flynn were taken by Brian Milne at the High Street Folk Center A very young Alistair Hulett Frank Fyfe Bush Band (L-R) Warwick Brock, Gordon Collier, Vic Brown, Frank Fyfe, Dave Hart, Mike...
By Tony Hale Copyright 2017 Despite the Welshness of his name, Barry Davies is from South Devon, from Paignton to be exact and in 1971 he was a 23 year old guitar hero of the author who would sit in the front row of the Folk Centre taking notes. Each had...
Obituary – Brien Halpin
At the age of 84, another voice in the Christchurch Folk Music Club’s 49 year history speaks no more