Thursday 12 May: Other Roads

other roadsThe three-man band Other Roads wowed audiences at the 2014 Auckland Folk Festival and performed at sold-out gigs last year – and this will be Wellingtonians’ chance to catch this great folk music act. On this tour, the band is launching its latest album Long White Cloud, featuring the hit song “Akaroa”.
Gregor Borland, Pete Abbott and Dave Walmsley draw upon their diverse backgrounds in Scotland, England and Africa to create an exciting and original sound.
These talented multiinstrumentalists incorporate fiddle, bouzouki, guitars, mandolin and even harmonica with some extremely fine harmony singing.
They perform an eclectic mix of traditional and original compositions, ranging from soft ballads to foot-stomping Celtic fiddle tunes and choruses. Their expert musicianship and infectious enthusiasm, laced with humour, are sure to entertain.
In addition, the first half of the evening will see our own musical treasure Helen Dorothy performing what UK’s FRoots Mgazine called her ‘beautifully-crafted, intelligent songs rich in memorable imagery’. Living in this country since 1996, Helen Dorothy mostly performs in the Wellington region and has appeared as a guest performer at the 2010 Wellington Folk Festival, but also at Dunedin’s 2014/15 Whare Flat Folk Festival as a solo guest artist. Currently working on her new album (previous ones appeared in 2009 and 2013), Helen will be offering a range of songs old and new, accompanied by her seriously impressive guitar-playing and delivered in her inimitably appealing style.

From 7.30pm at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath. Entry $20 Acoustic Routes members, $25 non-members

Thursday 26 May: Springtide

Springtide is a trio from Australia (though one of them is a New Zealander) who come to us this month on their tour of the North Island.
Hammered dulcimer player Jackie Luke grew up in the Waikato. She is joined by Greg Wilson on Celtic harp & accordions and innovative cellist Rita Woolhouse to produce a repertoire that features Celtic classics (e.g. O’Carolan, Dougie McLean) interwoven with music from around the world. They also write their own tunes, and Jackie’s songs reflect her Kiwi heritage. Expect Scottish tunes to rub shoulders with Maori legend, Cornish Reels, Irish airs, and songs which are touching, unusual, and sometimes humorous.

The evening includes two contrasting support acts drawn from our own musical community: AGM, becoming widely known for their unique triple-hurdy-gurdy treatment of old and new music from France, Spain and elsewhere; and singer/songwriter Nigel Parry, performing solo from his own songbook of New Zealand-themed compositions.

From 7.30pm at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath. Entry $15 Acoustic Routes members, $20 non-members

Thursday 28 April: Mike Harding

mike hardingReminder – great night coming up! Our April concert features a well-known and well-loved singer-songwriter who has played a big part in the folk scene of Aotearoa New Zealand over many years. With his fine voice, wide repertoire and engaging manner, Mike Harding has won many fans over the years. While they will be glad to see that we have tempted him away from Taranaki for the evening, anyone who doesn’t already know Mike’s music has a great opportunity here to see what so many of us admire.

Next up will be a new trio, Toil and Trouble (Ron Craig, Mary Hubble and Jude Douglas), fine musicians from our rohe who will be sure to give a good account of themselves on guitar, flute, violin and voice – at least! Come along and hear what they have made out of their combined talents.

And, last but not least – or should that be first but not least?! – Deb Harding will be opening the evening with her fine acapella singing.

From 7.30pm at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath. Entry $15 Acoustic Routes members, $20 non-members

Thursday 14 April: House concert with Claire Hastings

Hastings CAn intimate evening of traditional music from Claire Hastings, one of the bright new stars of the British folk scene. She is a folksinger/songwriter and player of guitar and ukelele originally from Dumfries, who in 2015 won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year award.

After graduating with a first class honours degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2011, Claire spent 18 months travelling the world with her ukulele, but is now living in Glasgow. This will be her first solo tour of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Last year Claire’s performances included the BBC Proms in the Park with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Music Day, singing for the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in London’s National Theatre, at Orkney Folk Festival, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and in the 4 star-reviewed show ‘A Man’s a Man’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

April will see the release of her debut album, Between River and Railway.

Entry $15 Acoustic Routes members, $20 non-members; places can be booked by email ( and Dave says please bring a chair if you can.

Venue: Dave and Jan Barnes’ home, 4 Rangatira Road, Tawa, Wellington.