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Jon Sanders In Concert With Jenny Os and Sophia Bidwell

Ticket Information

  • General Admission: $30.00 each
  • Members: $25.00 each
  • Students: $10.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Tue 21 Nov 2023, 8:00pm–10:00pm


All Ages

Jon Sanders is an internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso bouzouki player, tenor ukulele player and guitarist. Known for his musical collaborations as well as solo shows, over the past 25 years, Jon has performed all around the globe, entertaining audiences with his music flavoured with Arabic, Celtic, funk, soul and Gypsy jazz cultures. He has performed in Gore on a number of occasions with the Alpaca Social Club and Beyondsemble.

Based in New Zealand and Ireland, Jon is returning to New Zealand in October and November with a free flowing nufolk music band featuring accordion, clarinet and singing in a show called Tenalach. Tenalach is an old Irish term which describes a state of deep connection with the land, water and air that allows us to hear the earth sing. The music is sometimes Celtic in feel, sometimes contemporary, and has been written over the past four years.

Creating these soundscapes with Jon will be his daughter Jenny OS who sings and heralds from west Kerry, and Sophia Bidwell from Christchurch on piano accordion. Sophia is a prolific session player and music teacher in Canterbury and beyond.

The Tenalach project represents an invitation to reconnect with nature on a deeper level, in a world increasingly controlled by technologies and their limited binary outcome.

Book: Eastern Southland Gallery, phone 03 208 9907, email

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