You can download the March 2018 Balladeer here.
7.30pm on Thursday 22 March at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: a mere $5 if you’re performing, $10 if you’re not (so we can pay for the venue)
He looks quite formal but really he’s just waiting for you to celebrate by coming along with something Irish to sing, play or dance.
The Acoustic Routes singaround nights are renowned for their variety, pathos, humour, and generally being a darn good time (to be sure). This one will be compered by our own resident Irishman, Roy McGuinness. It’s the day after the Spooky Men’s Chorale concert – see you there!
8.00pm on Wednesday 21 March, Salvation Army Citadel, Vivian Street, Wellington
The Spooky Men are a male acappella group from Australia. Wonderfully entertaining and often quite provocative, you can catch them straight from performing at WOMAD.
They describe themselves as a vast, rumbling, steam-powered and black-clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye. This will be an event not to be missed!
Check them out on Youtube.
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7.30pm on Thursday 22 February at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $10 members, $15 non-members.
Crooked Weather are a rock-infused folk band, based out of whatever rusty vehicle they can beg, steal or borrow and fueled by the new people and places they meet on the road. Their original songs, steeped somewhere in the folk revival of the late sixties, have a raw, modern edge, with the lilting harmonies of Holly & Will at the core. They will be joined for this concert by Ella Blackshaw.
They hail from the depths of East Yorkshire, England, but over the last 3 years their thirst for the road has taken them on a meandering journey through Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, U.S., England and Holland. Building up a reputation for their live shows, they’ve had the fortune to support the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Michael Chapman, Mike Heron (Incredible String Band), Jim Jones, Dick Gaughan, Roddy Woomble & Bridget St. John along their way.
Helena brought a wealth of tradition with her when she moved back to NZ after spending 10 years in West Virginia learning the banjo. She formed Cotton Daisy Backstep and brought traditional Appalachian Mountain music to the resurgence of interest in roots Americana music.
The Faustians focus on her original compositions. They formed when Helena met Philip in June 2016 and they started playing together at home. Philip threw himself into learning old-time guitar and Ruby was recruited from just down the road to play double bass and harmony vocals. This show will feature the first performance of their first homemade crankie – a long scroll of images cranked across a lightbox to an old ballad – magical.
It will be a diverse and fascinating evening!
Members will get a reduced entry to this concert. We would love you to take out membership of Acoustic Routes. Why not register at this concert? In fact membership is now half price for the remainder of the financial year.
You can download the February 2018 Balladeer here.
8.00pm on Thursday 15 February at Murray and Julie Kilpatrick’s, 9 Donlin Road, Pukerua Bay on the Kapiti Coast. $10 (house concert rules so no discounts – all proceeds to Alistair).
Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people who like the old songs, since he was fifteen years old. He began his career helping out in the folk clubs of his native Scotland during the folk revival of the 60s, selling tickets, & opening bottles (and occasionally concerts) for many of the great names in folk music.
After 30 years of music and merry making in Canada, he returned to the UK and now lives in Cornwall, where he calls dances with the Newlyn Reelers and Tinners, and performs regularly in folk clubs, festivals, pub sessions and several ancient seasonal rituals that require the presence of accordions.
His performances cover the field from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality, to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art – all this accompanied by anglo concertinas and button accordion. You may have attended one of his acclaimed and much enjoyed performances on previous trip to New Zealand – in which case, you’ll know you’re in for a treat.
Come along and enjoy the hospitality of the AR president and the lovely Julie for the first of our concerts in 2018.