Mark your Calendars

Mark your Calendars

April 2019 

12 April     HIMMERLAND, with Mairi Campbell:  7.30 pm; Blackboard of one song each in first half; $5 members/$10 public.

26 April    Club Night at the Scottish Hall, all welcome!  7:30  $2

28 April     House Concert with Sadie & Jay (Brisbane);  $15 – Book with D.A.L.E. (  Hosts:  Bob and Helen Harrison

May 2019

10 May       WANDRELLA (Gill Allen & Kate Farrugia):  7:30 pm; Blackboard of one song each in first half; $5 members/$10 public

24 May       Club Night at the Scottish Hall, all welcome!  7:30 pm $2

25 May        May Music Month – Concert in the Mall – Names to Jean Hollis

June 2019

14 June     MEMBERS CONCERT:  7:30 pm;  $5 members/$10 public

28 June    Club Night at the Scottish Hall, all welcome!  7:30 pm $2

30 June    House Concert with The PJs (Pamela Gerrish-Nunn and Jenny Kilpatrick); Book with D.A.L.E. (

July 2019

12 July       WILDE TAYLOR (Americana):  7:30 pm; Blackboard of one song each in first half; $5 members/$10 public

26 July       Club Night at the Scottish Hall, all welcome!  7:30 pm $2


Check out Levin Folk Club on facebook for local musical events and house concerts.

Himmerland perform April 12

Himmerland perform April 12

Hope to see you all for touring Danish band Himmerland, featuring special Scots singer Mairi Campbell.  Click here to read our latest newsletter.

Black Eyed Susie in March

Black Eyed Susie in March

March Concert – Black Eyed Susie – and other music events.

Read our newsletter here

Frank Burkitt Band to entertain

Frank Burkitt Band to entertain

A special evening with the 2019 Tui Award Winners – Frank Burkitt Band on Feb 8.  Click here to read our newsletter for more details, and find out about Dale’s house concert with Dennis Duigan and Ramblin’ Ash from Australia.

Xmas Concert and Festivities

Xmas Concert and Festivities

Make plans to join us for a festive Xmas supper and floorspots by our musical members.  Everyone has been practising for their items and we’re looking forward to a wonderful variety.

The newsletter for the remainder of the year is here for you to enjoy also.


Xmas Concert

Rainy Jack to entertain

Rainy Jack to entertain

The November concert will be a delight – our local members entertain us with bluegrass, folk, blues and country covers.

Click here to read our newsletter and about all the other events.


Upcoming Concerts

Upcoming Concerts

Our October newsletter is coming soon – click here to read.

House Concerts to put in your diary:

Sunday, Sept 30 at Cavan & Penelope’s  RICHARD GRAINGER from UK.  3pm $15  Byo and shared plate for afternoon tea.  Dress warmly for outside concert.  Bookings to

Richard Grainger

Richard Grainger HC

Wednesday, Oct 10 at Rona & Jeremy’s  7pm  $15   Meet the wonderful Vikki Clayton & Gilly Darbey    Ph 368 2510 or email

Vikki & Gilly

Vikki & Gilly

Saturday 27 Oct TERENCE BLACKER from UK at Cavan & Penelope’s. 7:30 pm $15  Byo and shared plate for supper.  Dress warmly for outside concert.  Bookings to

Terence Blacker

Terence Blacker








Sept Guests – Vic Manuel & Ruby Mae Solly

Sept Guests – Vic Manuel & Ruby Mae Solly

Our newsletter is here to read and find out what’s happening this month.

Up from Wellington, on Friday 14 September 2018 we have singer/songwriter/guitarist Vic Manuel playing eclectic originals accompanied by Ruby Mae on cello.  Do come along and enjoy something different.

Also:  Two Australian folk artists present The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson at Tsunami Music Venue on Friday Sept 21 – well worth catching this!!

House concerts by D.A.L.E.  Bookings to

Sept 1 – DUSTY BURNELL on mandolin, guitar, dobro etc

Sept 30 – RICHARD GRAINGER, UK trad folk singer

Oct 27 – TERENCE BLACKER, UK singer, writer, novelist, ukelele/guitar


August Guest:  Michael Munro

August Guest: Michael Munro


Mike Munro

Mike Munro

Michael Munro was a London based pianist and jazz singer between 2003 and
2011. Prior to he lived in New Zealand where he wrote and produced two
jazz programs for New Zealand’s ‘National Radio’. Michael also wrote and
produced eighty plus television and radio soundtracks from 1988 to 1996.

He has performed worldwide: in Tahiti, with his band, ‘Le Coco Club’, and
in London at various venues including Rubens at the Palace, The Milestone,
The Oyster Bar in Sloane Street, Le Quecumbar, The Melia Whitehouse and
Smollensky’s On The Strand.
Michael lived and performed at the Shangri-La in Singapore, and has
performed at The 2006 New Orleans Mardi Gras, and The Green Dolphin Jazz
Venue in Cape Town.
Michael’s piano style has a strong rock-jazz feel. Having spent time in
Cuba and Brazil, he also has a flair for Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music.
Michael has been strongly nfluenced by pianists such as Keith Jarrett,
Dave Gruisin and Ruben Gonzales. His bluesy vocals have been influenced by
artists such as Donny Hathaway, Billy Withers and Al Jarreau.

Michael is also author of newly published thriller Eye of the Songbird.  Reviews are glowing:   He talks about his book at Te Takere on Saturday 11 August, 2:30 pm.

What happens when a New Zealand team of scientists find one of the world’s
largest flawless diamonds on the last piece of sovereign-less land –
What happens when upscaled terrorist laws turn against political
pro-active citizens?
Michael Munro’s new Kiwi thriller, Eye of the Songbird, unpacks these
perennial concerns. Some have described this fictional story as a
geo-political thriller, an environmental one. It’s a story of people in
the modern world where the compelling need for environmental survival
comes head to head with economic survival.

July Newsletter – Upcoming Events

July Newsletter – Upcoming Events

We hope you will come out for a great concert evening – our guests play mandolin and guitar, and sing from many genres, including the blues.    Click here to read our latest newsletter.

DON’T FORGET OUR AGM – Committee/volunteers/Officers are warmly welcomed.



SPECIAL NOTICE:  The AGM of the Levin Folk Music Club Inc (LFMC) will be held on Friday, 3 August 2018 at 7.30 pm in the Scottish Society Hall, Bartholomew Road.  Supper to be served after the AGM, followed by a jam if members wish to stay.

Subscriptions are due 30 June, 2018 or at the AGM. Please note that only financial members are eligible to nominate or vote in elections, and to discuss and vote on motions.

Special Note
1. If any financial member wishes to bring a motion to the AGM, it must be in written form, signed and seconded by a financial member of Levin Folk Music Club Inc. and provided to the secretary by 20th July 2018.

2. If any financial member wishes to bring a motion to the AGM to amend the constitution, it must be in written form, signed and seconded by a financial member of Levin Folk Music Club Inc. and provided to the secretary by 20 July 2018.

Please note that there are nomination forms for chairperson, treasurer, secretary and committee members following the 2017 AGM minutes in this email.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM
Jean Hollis

Phone: 368 6406
Mobile: 027 291 6281
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AGM 4th August 2017 -Minutes

Present : Jeremy Cooper, Anne Campbell, Andrew Salter. Chris Lloyd, Barbara Lucas, John Gray, Martie Gray, Cavan Haines, Dale Webb, John Jenkins, Val Jenkins, Paul Webster, Simon Critchley, Kevin Watson, Keith Heginbotham, Colin Brown, Jean Hollis, Charlie Boyce, as well as visitor Norm Daniel.
Welcome: Colin Brown welcomed the members and visitors.
Apologies : Alastair Pain, Rona Cooper, Jenny and Rod Cavaye, Jo Sheffield, Glad Passmore,René and Renée Van de Weert.
Previous minutes :Dale moved that the minutes of the 2016  AGM be accepted as read and approved. Seconded Cavan Haines.
Matters Arising:
The committee had been asked at the previous AGM to investigate other possible venues for the club to consider. Dale presented a detailed report on the venues visited by several committee members over the past year, and provided a list comparing the four so far checked out. Other venues which had not as yet been considered were suggested – the Savage Club, the Senior Citizens Hall, and possibly the use of a school hall (as yet not considered at all.)
Further discussion follows under General Business.

Committee Report (as the club does not have a designated Chairperson)
Jean Hollis presented the committee report which was accepted. Moved Andrew/Seconded Paul

Treasurer’s report : Val presented her two reports – a detailed report and a summary report, both of which were accepted as read. She moved that these reports be approved. Seconded by Cavan.
Colin thanked Val on behalf of all the committee members for the great detail she went into on behalf of the club in providing the financial report.

Dale is resigning from the committee, however will continue to arrange bookings and liaise with performers, and promote the club on the website and on Facebook. Dale (together with Colin) does a wonderful job to keep members up to date with local music events. She will also continue organising and promoting house concerts which have met with recent success.
Jean thanked Dale on behalf of all the club and presented her with a small gift (a cyclamen).
Chairperson Nomination.
There were no nominations for the position of chairperson. For the past year the committee has elected one of its members to run each meeting, and at this stage will continue to do so.
Secretary Nomination:
Jean Hollis was the sole nomination for secretary and was elected unanimously.
Treasurer Nomination:
Val Jenkins was the sole nomination for treasurer and was elected unanimously.

John Jenkins and Cavan Haines have all been nominated for a further year on the committee.
Colin Brown will continue as editor of the monthly newsletter.
Simon Critchley has agreed to join the sound team (currently Paul Webster and Kevin Watson.)

Motion: There was one motion to be considered by the meeting, relating to the guidelines for the member floor spots, which had been previously circulated to all members.There was a question from the floor about whether the guidelines should include a statement about whether a performer could appear more than once in the course of the year. Members felt that it was probably not necessary to include this specific detail. On some occasions it is possible that a particular member could be part of more than one group performing in a floorspot. So far this has not occurred and it will be left to the committee to decide on appropriate action if this is required.
The members also discussed whether a performer should be permitted to use pre-recorded music as part of their item. It was pointed out that it could take extra time to set up in some cases, although this has not occurred so far. It was agreed that with changing technology this is something that will be requested in future and the committee should be aware of this possibility.
Voting on the motion:
The motion “ that draft guidelines for member floor spots be approved and displayed on our  website” was moved by Colin/Seconded by Kevin.

General Business:
1. Venue: In the course of the meeting the new chief of the Scottish Society had been asked to provide the most up-to-date statement on the situation with the hall. Chris Hartwell reported that their Society was going to make repairs to the roof initially. This should have been done in July but bad weather had prevented the work getting started. Following their forthcoming debutante ball, the new committee were to develop a five year plan which would aim to increase membership, form stronger relationships with other Scottish clubs and generally lift their profile. The hall is a focal point and an asset which they wish to continue to use.
Our members questioned the security of the hall, the current rental, the fire extinguishers, lack of alarms and sprinklers and the general state of the hall. Chris had already mentioned the condition of the carpark, and asked that the new committee should provide him with a list of all the aspects that we felt needed attention, so that he could bring these to the attention of his Scottish Society which he expected would go ahead and make alterations/repairs. He also said that their Society was keen to maintain good relations with groups like the LFMC and  that the club would be informed if there were any changes made which could affect us.
Dale gave the meeting a full report on the RSA as a potential venue. It is a very comfortable site, and with the use of the bi-fold doors it is easily separated from any other activities happening there. Any events in the restaurant or other social areas are usually finished soon after 7 pm, so unlikely to intrude on a folk club concert. The bar could be available until perhaps 8.30pm if we wished to make that arrangement, but this was not obligatory. The RSA has a suitable stage, lighting, and is conveniently central with very good parking. The club would be able to use two very spacious storage rooms, as well as the kitchen which has a dishwasher as well as the usual cooking facilities. There is also the potential for the club to gain new members simply from the foot traffic that is likely to pass through the RSA. Issues needing to be further examined were whether any sound from outside might interrupt performances, and the fact that the RSA is not really a economic site to hold the club night, which normally has fewer than 20 attendees.
Some members expressed concern about the loss of tradition should we move to a new venue, although others noted that when a move was made many years ago from a site in the town to the Scottish Society Hall there was no major change in attendance.The members suggested that the club should try having the November concert at the RSA to see how it worked as a venue. The committee will go ahead with this plan and ask Dale to make the booking for us.

2. Door Take at Concert nights
Over the past year we have been aware that the money collected at the door on concert nights has never been sufficient to pay the performers 60% of the door take, and they have always received payment of a lower amount which we provide on our sliding scale. While we do still receive requests from bands to play on our concert night, Dale is having to “chase” others, and she is conscious that perhaps they are drawn to other clubs where payment is higher than what we have been offering. In Dale’s research into what other clubs charge their members, it is clear that they all charge at least $10 and often more. In the two house concerts we have had, the audience had all been willing to pay $15 entry, and this meant that the performers received a good recompense for their entertainment. It was also felt that the audience numbers have dropped a little this year, although it was pointed out that this is probably because there is a lot more on offer these days and people were making choices depending on their interests and their income.
For the reasons given above, Dale would like to see our door charge raised.
Jeremy said he would prefer that we use some of our club funds if we felt we needed to pay more to performers, rather than increasing our door charge.
The committee will look at our current sliding scale and see whether we think we should pay more to the performers.

3. Newsletter. Chris gave a vote of thanks to Colin for the outstanding newsletters that he produces each month. These are really appreciated by all members.

4. Next Meeting
The next AGM will be scheduled before 31 August 2018
Meeting closed 9.05 pm.

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Nomination forms follow here:  Please print and send to the Secretary


Nomination Form – OFFICERS
Nominations will only be accepted from financial members of the Levin Folk Music Club Inc.
Positions will be held for one year commencing after the AGM
Only one nomination per form

We, the undersigned, being financial members of the Levin Folk Music Club, wish to nominate:

…………………………………………………….. for the position of

Chairperson  ………………………         Treasurer ………………………    Secretary…………………

Nominated by (name) …………………………………. (signature) ……………………………..

Seconded by (name) ……………………………. …(signature) ………………………………….

Nominee’s signature …………………………………..

In signing, the nominee accepts the nomination, and if elected pledges to act in the best interests of the club at all times. The nominee must be a financial member of the Levin Folk Music Club Inc.

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Nomination Form – COMMITTEE MEMBER

Nominations will only be accepted from financial members of the Levin Folk Music Club Inc
Positions will be for one year commencing after the AGM.

We, the undersigned, being financial members of the Levin Folk Music Club, wish to nominate:

…………………………………………………….. for the position of Committee Member

Nominated by (name) ………………………………………. (signature)………………………………

Seconded by (name) ……………………………………….. (signature) ………………………………..

Nominee’s signature ………………………………………………………………..

(In signing, the nominee accepts the nomination, and if elected pledges to act in the best interests of the club at all times. The nominee must be a financial member of the Levin Folk Music Club )

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