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Open Mic

We provide an outlet for local acoustic performers – singers, songwriters and poets all welcome. We encourage all levels – novice or expert – to hone performance skills in front of a sympathetic audience.

Everything is provided – microphones, stage, lighting, leads, music stands – plus a dedicated sound tech who will work with you to make you sound amazing!

If you have specific requests please talk to him before the event starts. We are a listening audience that focuses respectfully on the performers and lots of encouragement.

Perform material you know – we don’t expect perfection but you’ll always come across better if you really know your stuff. However, if you are a regular performer at our open mics we challenge you to bring new material to share.

Further develop your repertoire whilst offering the audience variety.

Sign-up time is 7pm. Please come promptly to ensure a time-slot. You will get to perform two songs, with a time-limit of up to 10 minutes; this includes your setting up and introductions.

Some tips for performers
* Be tuned-up and ready to take the stage when it’s your turn.
* Stay close to the mic for best vocals – our mics work best between 25 and 75mm.
* After you play, the polite thing to do is stick around and listen to others.
* Be positive and encouraging. It takes guts to get up and everyone deserves bouquets for doing that.
* We all make mistakes, blow chords, and forgets lyrics sometimes. Don’t worry and don’t apologise.
* Do play contrasting songs (One slow, one fast, one in major, one in minor, one strummed, one finger picking etc.)
* Don’t play two songs in the same key back to back. Even if an audience doesn’t know, their ears will start to get bored.
* Don’t apologise before you play a song. We want to be excited about your song, support yourself by being positive.
* Do have fun! Savour the experience. You transmit your feelings from the stage – so if you have fun so will the audience.
* Practice your introductions, short & specific – you’d prefer they remember the song and not the long-winded ramble – right?
* Do prepare. Don’t launch into something you’re still learning – be kind to yourself and take the time you need to prepare and be confident!
* Keep coming back. You’ll get better and better…
…and bring your friends to cheer you on.

$5 Members; Non-members and Students

Doors open: 7.00pm 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, also bar facilities for cold refreshments throughout the night, Eftpos available for purchases only, no cash-out facility.
Please remember to bring your current Folk Club membership card as this is required for new club licensing.

Folk Club Calendar
Ka Koroki te Manu - Creating Our Tomorrow Concert
24th September
Doors open 7.00pm - Performance starts at 7.30pm
$15 Members
$20 Non-members
$5 Students with ID


Ariana Tikao and Jon Hooker, with special guests
1st October
Doors open 7.00pm - Performance starts at 7.30pm
$15 Members
$20 Non-members
$5 Students with ID


Bob Dylan Tribute - an evening featuring the songs of the legend
8th October
Doors open 7.00pm - Performance starts at 7.30pm
$8 Members
$12 Non-members
$5 Students with ID


Tony Hale's Fingerpicking Delights III
15th October
Doors open 7.00pm - Performance starts at 7.30pm
$15 Members
$20 Non-members
$5 Students with ID

42nd Cardrona Festival
20th- 23rd October

Robin Laing mixs Scottish culture, songwriting & love of whisky
29th October
Doors open 7.00pm - Performance starts at 7.30pm
$15 Members
$20 Non-members
$5 Students with ID


Suss-The Usual Susspects: Jazz Standards, Latin & Blues
5th November
Doors open 7.00pm - Performance starts at 7.30pm
$8 Members
$12 Non-members
$5 Students with ID


The Beatles Review
12th November
Doors open 7.00pm - Performance starts at 7.30pm
$8 Members
$12 Non-members
$5 Students with ID


Show Weekend - Club Closed
19th November

Open Mic/ Kids Open Mic Night
26th November
Kids: 6.30pm - Adults: 7.30pm
$8 Members
$8 Non-members
$5 Students with ID


Martin Pearson
3rd December
Doors open 7.00pm - Performance starts at 7.30pm
$15 Members
$20 Non-members
$5 Students with ID


All in the Family Concert/ Christmas BBQ
10th December
Doors open 5.30pm
$8 Members
$12 Non-members
$5 Students with ID


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