Coming in Sept – Graham Wardrop

Coming in Sept – Graham Wardrop

LFMC is thrilled that our September guest is GRAHAM WARDROP of ROCKONZ Hall of Fame.  He performs at 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept 11, 2020 and after an intermission, the usual open mic features.  Doors open at 7pm, friendly atmosphere, raffles.  Cost is $10 public/$5 members/$3 children.

Graham has been acclaimed as New Zealand’s finest finger style guitarist. After thirty years in the professional arena, he is regularly called upon to give concert performances, to play on television and studio recording sessions, to hold workshops in advanced fingerstyle techniques for steel string guitar, along with providing atmospheric music in sophisticated dining situations.

Graham has performed solo and alongside some of the world’s finest musicians, dazzling audiences at countless festivals, concerts and corporate functions.

He has toured, opened shows and/or worked with:

Tommy Emmanuel
Martin Taylor

Suzanne Lynch
Anne Kirkpatrick
Michael Fix
Manhattan Transfer

Gerry and the Pacemakers

Michael Crawford
Jasper Carrot
Billy T. James

Slim Dusty
Gray Bartlett


Not only does Graham maintain a busy performance schedule, but he also handcrafts instruments on which he performs.

He is a musician of great versatility and his love of balance, harmony and precision culminates in his richness of sound and a unique style of performance.

August Concert with Bob and Kate

August Concert with Bob and Kate

The LFMC concert featuring Bob Cooper-Grundy and Kate Marshall will go ahead as planned on Friday 14 August – Doors open 7pm with the guests performing after an open mic and  intermission.  Due to Covid Level 2 conditions, the Committee will ensure distancing of chairs, sanitizers and hygiene as much as possible, with masks optional.  Supper is not being provided but you are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverage.

Our guests are multi-instrumentalists and play various genres of music (but mainly Americana/blues) very well indeed.  Kate adds beautiful vocals and her skills on piano accordian and flute/fiddle are legendary.  Bob has a great voice for the blues and his resonator guitar is a special treat for his fans.  Looking forward to hearing them again after their 2019 concert here was cancelled.  Hope you can make it along as our upcoming concerts may be in jeopardy.

There will be an open mic followed by a floor spot by Kevin Watson prior to the main concert.  Come by 7pm to add your name to the compere’s list.

In AGM news:  Our 2020 committee comprises Dianne Madill as Chairperson, Val Jenkins as Treasurer, Jean Hollis as Secretary, with Dale Webb as PR/Bookings and John Jenkins as committee members.  Thanks for the support of these hardworking members, and if you can offer your time on a concert night for either setup/kitchen/cleanup/other – that would be amazing and much appreciated.

AGM – Wed August 12, 2020

AGM – Wed August 12, 2020

NOTE:  2019 Financial Documents are available from the Downloads page.

1st July 2020

Dear Members,

The AGM of the Levin Folk Music Club Inc. (LFMC) will be held on Wednesday 12th August 2020 at 7.30pm in the Scottish Society Hall, Bartholomew Road.  The AGM will be followed by supper (and jam if members wish to do this.)

Subscriptions are due 30 June 2020, 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 Notes

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 the Levin Folk Music Club Inc. and provided to the secretary by 24th July 2020.

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 the Levin Folk Music Club Inc. and provided to the secretary by 24 July 2020.

3. Nomination forms for all officers’ positions are attached at the bottom of this email. Please note that if you are nominating someone, you must ensure that they are a financial member of the club and you must have their signature on the relevant form. Click on the link provided to get the relevant form/s.

At the AGM this year there will be a special draw taken among those financial members attending the meeting.  The prize will be a free membership of the next Folk Club year. So be in to win!

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.
Jean Hollis
Secretary – mobile 027 291 6281 – email

Update ADAM MCGRATH Cancelled

Update ADAM MCGRATH Cancelled


Hello to all our folk club members and friends,

I am happy to report that our first concert night post COVID19 was a great success, and we all coped with the remaining restrictions. It now seems clear that we can relax a little and will no longer be compelled to social distancing, limited numbers and such things.

Our concert on July 10th will feature Adam McGrath, a very talented singer songwriter. Adam has toured and played with everyone from Fleetwood Mac  to Steve Earle to Paul Kelly to Old Crow Medicine. Described by RNZ as “a national treasure “, Adam McGrath is at home with bluegrass, blues, country and rock ‘n roll as much as he is with folk, and is known for the intensity, passion, love and humour of his performances.

As the June concert proved so successful, with the main event beginning at 7.30 pm, we are going to repeat this timing.  In the cold winter season many people appreciated the earlier start, and those who wanted to go home early were able to do so. Our July concert coincides with the Mid-Winter Holler at Tatum Park, which several of our members plan to attend, so an earlier departure for this event will be appreciated by them.

We will also reduce the supper time available.  Hot tea or coffee will be available, but many of the participants at the June concert felt that it was unnecessary to have the kind of supper we have supplied for the last few years.  The team producing supper were relieved to be freed up somewhat and to not have a lot of preparation before the concert or cleanup to do at the end of the night.  Hopefully a simpler supper will encourage other club members to help out, even if only for one concert night in the year.

We are looking at the volunteers’ tasks again and would like to ask you to consider helping in some way. A schedule of tasks for the rest of this year will  be passed around at the July concert, and we would appreciate it if any able-bodied members could put their names down in at least one slot, or talk to one of the committee members about how you would be prepared to assist.

Bob & Kate

Bob & Kate

Advance notice of our August 14th  concert  – Bob Cooper-Grundy and Kate Marshall.  This concert will return to the former timing, with the guests’ concert following the Blackboard, as these guests are travelling from further afield. More details in the next email.

Happily Dale is hosting a House Concert this month, featuring Ronel Hunter, (whose LFMC concert had to be postponed with the pandemic lockdown.)  This concert will be held on Sunday 19th July at 3.- 5.30 pm. Ronel is a lovely singer/songwriter who plays contemporary originals and covers. She writes songs about real life and her focus is on the story a song has to tell. Please reserve your seat with or text 027 2079695.  Koha is $10 pp plus a small plate to share, and Dale invites you to feel free to arrive early to mingle and grab yourself a comfy chair.



Our AGM for this year will be held on Wednesday August 12th in the Scottish Hall at 7.30pm. Please consider whether you would like to nominate anyone for the role of Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary or Committee member.  Nomination forms will be available at the next Concert night on July 10th and will also be attached to the email to members giving official notice of the AGM which you should receive in early July.

Keep cosy and enjoy lots of good music in these cold winter months.

Jean Hollis



Guest concerts have now restarted and 2020 subs are now due for payment.  Please download this Membership Application form and pay online, or at the monthly concert.

For this first concert, the Committee thought it wise to continue the Level 2 instructions and some format changes to the night will take place.  These changes will be modified and phased out in due course.

The doors will open at 7:00 pm as usual, but the evening will commence at 7:30 pm with the Guest Performer followed by a limited Blackboard list.  

Note that you will need to sign in with your name and contact details.
Door staff will wear gloves and hand sanitiser will be available.
Chairs will be sanitized and set out in advance in rows.
There will be no tables so as to allow room for social distancing.
No supper will be provided, although if you want to bring your own refreshments and utensils (glasses, etc.) you may do so.
The Kitchen will be closed – except in the case of a fire emergency – and no equipment will be available from there.
The musicians’ Lounge will be available only to guest performers.
Anyone wishing to perform after the main Concert on the limited Blackboard list can place their musical instruments on the Hall’s wooden side seating.
Microphones and music stands will be sanitised between performers.

The door charge will be the same as usual: $5.00 Members, $10.00 non-Members.  Please have the correct amount available so that there is no requirement for change.

We wish you all well and have put these measures in place with our utmost concern for the well-being of everyone.

Kind regards, Committee of the Levin Folk Music Club




Greetings to all members and friends of our Levin Folk Music Club. Your committee hope that you are keeping well and taking care of one another as best you can.

Regrettably we will have to cancel our May concert, as we are still in lockdown at this stage. We will keep you informed about the possibility of a June concert a little nearer that date. The committee are hoping to have a meeting soon after May 11th to work out what could be done. In the mean time we hope that you are all managing to keep plenty of music in your lives, whether that be by practising your own skills, or watching the many performances available via technology.

Keep well and keep safe, as we all wonder what the “new normal” might be!

Jean Hollis
Secretary LFMC






Thanks to our wonderful March Guests, THE DOWN UNDER DOGS, who were a very enjoyable Western Swing ex-pat American group.  Love that yodelling!

Regretfully due to the Covid 19 lockdown, the LFMC committee announces that the April and May concerts featuring Ronel Hunter, and Bill Hickman and Dusty Burnell, will be postponed, with decisions to be made regarding ongoing activities.  We sincerely hope that all members will stay safe until life is normal once more.

November 8- The Wooden Box Band

Nov 8   WOODEN BOX BAND as LFMC guest, Scottish Hall, 7:30 pm start  Blackboard to start the evening – one song please.





Nov 22 – Club Night – Entry $2, doors open 7:30 pm. Light supper.

Member Xmas Party – December 13 – Entry $5, plus a contribution to a festive supper please.  Kevin Watson (027 488 5397) is organising the member concert – please let him know if you are performing 1-3 songs.  Depending on blackboard numbers, you may be asked to perform less than 3.

No club night in December.


D.A.L.E. House Concerts:

Nov 2    See Australia’s foremost fiddle player Lindsay Martin alongside NZ’s singer/songwriter Victoria Vigenser at the Scottish Hall, 7pm doors open $20   WE MAVERICKS TOUR NZ  Finishing early for Rugby Final.





Nov 23 – Favourites Erin Manu, Frank John and bass player Rob Greenfield play a house concert at Chris & Barb’s – $15  bring a plate to share, byo. 7pm for 7:30 pm concert





Dec 8   Exceptional bluegrass banjo player BB & Alex (guitar) from U.S.A. at Dale’s – $15 bring a plate to share, byo.  Jo Sheffield to open concert. 3pm for 3:30 pm concert.


30th Anniversary

30th Anniversary

A brief history of Levin Folk Music Club as we celebrate 30 years of live acoustic folk music in Levin.

Rona with Danny

Rona with Danny

It all began in 1989 with Shenanigans coffee bar in Levin.  People would meet and sing at Danny’s place on a Sunday night. When Shenanigans closed, a small group (Eddie, Evie, Roy, Maree, Danny, Jim and Rona) got together to keep the music going and so the Levin Folk Music Club began.  Their first meeting place was in the Levin Waiopehu Tramping Club rooms off Parker Avenue.

In February 1992, with the Club growing in popularity, it moved to the Jaycee Lounge, above Leader and Watt in Oxford Street.  For nearly ten years, every month except January, the Club hosted musicians from New Zealand and overseas and provided an informal place where people could perform and enjoy music.

In November 2001, the Club moved to the Horowhenua Scottish Society Hall in Bartholomew Road.  Those involved for many years in setting up the hall, organising guest artists, welcoming at the door, refreshments, sound, newsletters and publicity have included Eddie, Evie, Han, Rona, Jeremy, Anne, Andrew, Tony, Shirley, Charlie, John, Brian F, Brian McK, and numerous other early supporters.  In 2011, under the steering committee of Chris, Ian, Andrew, Anne, Han, Barbara and Jill, with Colin as Chair, the Levin Folk Music Club became an incorporated society.

Past members

Past members

The Club has continued to grow with guest performers and local musicians sharing their interest and talents, encouraged and booked by Anne, Rona, Barb and now Dale.  Committee members (2019-20) comprising Val & John, Cavan, Jean, Dean and Dianne ensure the concert nights are run well, and the Club continues to be a warm, encouraging place of acoustic music.   A second night in the month has developed into an “acoustic/club” night under the supportive guidance of Kevin, Colin and Paul.

August Guests Legal Tender Duo

August Guests Legal Tender Duo

Friday 9 August – Our guests are Legal Tender Duo (Ian Campbell and Moira Howard-Campbell).  Read our newsletter here for all the details of upcoming events.

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