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Mary Dunne, Hiakatea Bull, Kristina Godfrey

Sun Sep 23rd, 2018

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Women have played an extraordinary part in history. Whether moving toward freedom from oppression, freedom in the workplace, or the freedom to make one\'s own choices, women have positioned themselves as voices of empowerment and endurance.

Suffrage 125 celebrates 125 years since New Zealand women achieved voting parity. On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

Women have lent their incredibly important voices in the struggle for their own rights, civil rights, human rights, and the movement for peace. The women of folk music are no exception. This concert acknowledges the passionate women of folk who have made a difference through their musicianship.

This concert will feature:
Mary Dunne paying tribute to Maire Brennan, the first Lady of Celtic music and her favourite singer Cara Dillon.
Hiakatea Bull will open the night with a traditional karanga, supported by Women in Harmony
Kristina Godfrey will bring us two doyennes, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, who have strummed their way through the golden age of the peaceniks, preaching love and tolerance.
Cathy Sweet will share some waiata from Aotearoa\'s wahine toa songwriters.
\'Woman\'s Heart\', features trobairses\' Mary Ruston, Liz Nichol, Argene Flack, Judi Smitheram and Kirsten Bone bringing tunes from Wailin\' Jennys, Linda Ronstadt and Sandy Denny.
\'Gospel Select’ will share 3 songs from folk women committed to messages of love and empowerment. Lead by Lisa Tui and Jillie Toogood this group of women have banded together in the spirit of the tribute from gospel choirs Bright on Vibes and Jabulani Choir.

This will be a special concert to celebrate the important contribution that the women of folk have achieved. Music permeates our hearts carrying a strong message that has both challenged for change and acknowledged achievements to coincide with the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

Members $10; Non-members $15 and Students $5 with ID

Doors open 7.00pm Performance starts at 7.30pm, you will get a seat if you arrive close to 7 pm.
VENUE: Christchurch 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. Folk Club and Irish Society please remember to bring your current membership card as this is required for new club licensing. Non-members sign in at bar.

acoustic/solo, blues, country/folk, pop, soul/funk, world

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