Acoustic Routes Songwriters Concert

7.30pm on 23 March at The Third Eye, Tuatara Temple of Taste, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $15 non-members, $10 members.

A great line-up of songwriters this month – first up is K-too, Kevin McLoughlin and Kevin Ikin, two folk veterans who hail from Dunedin and first played together at The New Edinburgh Folk Club in the early 1980s. As a duo they had their debut at Wellyfest last year, with a great set of tall and true tales reflecting the unique character of the South Island’s West Coast and its people – stories from the goldfields, coal mines, towns and landscape of the Wild West, not forgetting the weather!
The Gracious Deviants grace the stage next – they are Darrel Greaney and Pete Edge, a local acoustic group and a highly creative collaboration between two experienced musicians with disparate influences but complementary skills. They’ve been spotted at the Open Mic at the Office in Newtown and we thought it was time to get them up at one of our concerts.
Pat Higgins has delighted audiences for a number of years now both singing and playing traditional material on the Irish flute. He’s also a consummate songwriter, and we look forward to hearing his original material on Thursday.
Alan Downes will be singing numbers from his newly-released CD “Road Trip” – as Mary Kippenberger said on Facebook, he’s “Such a poet, funny, observant, brilliant, very cool, very NZ, very us”.
It’s terrific that we have so many people in the area who are contributing to the folk tradition by writing new material, and we’re honoured to have so much talent on one stage on one night. All up it should be a great night in a lovely venue.

Folkin’ fabulous February (3)

The third folkin’ fabulous concert is coming your way this Thursday. I wonder if we’ll have to stop the concert so we can take photos of the sunset this week?

23 February (Thursday) – Kirsty Bromley and Simon Dumpleton.

“Kirsty Bromley is a singer of songs of social justice, traditional songs and songs from the heart. Her voice is effortless yet stirring, at times ethereal but always earthy and with strong roots. Musical and beguiling.” Nancy Kerr – BBC2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015

Kirsty delighted audiences around New Zealand when she was last here and in February she returns with her musical partner Simon, whose “beautiful piano and accordion playing will not disappoint your ears”. www.kirstybromley.com 7.30pm The Third Eye, Tuatara Temple of Taste, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

Opening acts are a band especially formed for the occasion, Reuben Jelleyman and Friends, and the winner of the Joan Prior Award 2016, Hunter Giltrap.

Folkin’ fabulous February (2)

After a folkin’ fabulous concert with Winter Wilson, harmoniously supported by the Hex Crystals (or was that the Flex Crystals?), folkin’ fabulous February continues with the second of our three February concerts this Thursday.

16 February (Thursday) – Rachel Dawick (in association with the Plimmerton Boating Club). If you’ve seen Rachel before, you’ll know she never disappoints, and she always has something different to offer. Now living overseas, she’s back with a special preview of her forthcoming album “A Penny Plain & Two Pence Coloured”. www.racheldawick.com/ 7.30pm Plimmerton Boating Club. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

As a special treat the openers are The Short Blacks – the fabulous fotographer and guitarist Julian Ward and the just generally all-round fabulous Mr Roy McGuinness on vocals.

And make sure next week’s gig is in your diary – you won’t want to miss it!

23 February (Thursday) – Kirsty Bromley and Simon Dumpleton. Kirsty delighted audiences around New Zealand when she was last here and in February she returns with her musical partner whose “beautiful piano and accordion playing will not disappoint your ears”. www.kirstybromley.com 7.30pm The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

Opening acts are a band especially formed for the occasion, Reuben Jelleyman and Friends, and the winner of the Joan Prior Award 2016, Hunter Giltrap.

Folkin’ fabulous February

We’ve grabbed hold of a bunch of opportunities to bring you some international artists this coming month. We’re also trying out some different venues, the Plimmerton Boating Club and the Third Eye.

8 February (Wednesday) – Winter Wilson (in association with the Plimmerton Boating Club). Your Pres sez “I saw this duo at the Derby festival last year with my friend and my brother and we all really enjoyed their gig. I felt sure you would too, so I’m delighted that the stars have aligned for them to come our way.” We’re ‘cutting free’ with this concert and holding it in Plimmerton, just for a change. http://winterwilson.com/ 7.30pm, Plimmerton Boating Club, 66 Moana Road, Plimmerton. $25 non-members, $20 members and students.

And for openers, The Hex Crystals!

16 February (Thursday) – Rachel Dawick (in association with the Plimmerton Boating Club). If you’ve seen Rachel before, you’ll know she never disappoints, and she always has something different to offer. Now living overseas, she’s coming back with a special preview of her forthcoming album “A Penny Plain & Two Pence Coloured”. www.racheldawick.com/ 7.30pm Plimmerton Boating Club. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

23 February (Thursday) – Kirsty Bromley and Simon Dumpleton. Kirsty delighted audiences around New Zealand when she was last here and in February she returns with her musical partner whose “beautiful piano and accordion playing will not disappoint your ears”. www.kirstybromley.com 7.30pm The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

Opening acts include a band led by Reuben Jelleyman, and the winner of the Joan Prior Award 2016, Hunter Giltrap.

Sunday 11 December: Acoustic Routes Christmas Party

Acoustic Routes Christmas Party, Sue and Kim Rose’s home, 329a Paekakariki Hill Road Pauahatanui, Sunday 11 December, 4 pm

Sue and Kim have once again offered to host this year’s AR Christmas party at their gorgeous rural retreat nestled in a little valley about 3 km from the Pauahatanui shops. (It’s about the same distance from Wellington as Plimmerton – see the map in the December Balladeer).

What To Bring
Please bring a plate of food, a bottle of what you like to drink, and of course instruments and songs. Disposable plates, etc., will be provided but those of you who have picnic sets could bring them too, to help reduce the waste.

Folk 4 Kaikoura

We’re supporting the ‘Folk 4 Kaikoura’ appeal to raise money for people affected by the Kaikoura earthquakes, so instead of a present this year we invite you to bring a koha for Kaikoura. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

Getting There

Sue and Kim’s home is 3.29 kilometres from Pauatahanui village, heading north up the Paekakariki Hill Rd. At the end of a long straight you’ll find the golf club on the right. Turn left into the drive just past that, cross the bridge and take the left hand fork to the house.

The nearest train stations are Paramata and Plimmerton if you are being picked up by a driver. Cell phone coverage is marginal but if you have any problems finding it, phone landline 2379029.