You can download the December 2018 Balladeer here.
Acoustic Routes Christmas Party, Sue and Kim Rose’s home, 329a Paekakariki Hill Road Pauahatanui, Saturday 15 December, 3 pm
Sue and Kim have once again very kindly 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.)
We warmly invite you, your family and any like-minded and/or musical friends. (Sorry, no dogs, no matter how musical.)
What To Bring
Please bring a plate of food for supper, a bottle of what you like to drink, and of course instruments and songs. We ask that you give a Koha, which will be donated to a charity in time for Christmas. Disposable plates, etc., will be provided but those of you who have picnic sets could bring them too, to help reduce the waste.
Instructions for 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. There is a lot of bamboo on their roadside boundary. The nearest train stations are Paremata 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 2379029.
A glorious eclectic collection of musical talent to wrap up our concert year.
Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Thursday 22 November, 7.30 pm
The 2018 J A Pan Award winner Bruce Carey grew up musically playing classical violin at school, then didn’t play an instrument or perform again for nearly forty years. Around seven years ago, he picked up a guitar and was inspired by a beginner song writing course with Charlotte Yates. He then stepped into public performance at open mics, with encouragement from a friend. His diverse songs – love songs, songs of loss, protest songs, small stories from New Zealand’s history – are always insightful and beautifully crafted.
Holly Carrington and Ron Craig are a Country/Bluegrass duo. Ron plays guitar and mandola and has an immediately recognizable voice, which is often heard around the Wellington Folk scene in his various ensembles. Holly Carrington has been in the Auckland Folk scene for over 10 years and is at home with both lead and harmony vocals, adding an American twang to Ron’s Kiwi timbre.
Pat Higgins is passionate about acoustic folk music in general and Irish traditional music in particular. A 30-year devotee to the art of the wooden flute and acoustic guitar, Pat writes his own material and re-interprets traditional songs in a variety of open tunings played finger-style. For this performance, he will feature mostly traditional songs and is delighted to perform a couple of items with a young Wellington Uilleann piper, Kris Nielsen.
Australian singer songwriter Vic Manuel will bring an offering of his eclectic original songs with Ruby Mae Solly, an astonishingly creative musician who embellishes them and brings them to life on cello and anything else she can lay her hands on.
Door price: $15 (non-members) and $10 (members)
You can download the November 2018 Balladeer here.
“Blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation…”
Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Tuesday 6 November, 8 pm
They took Wellyfest by storm, now see them one more time in Wellington!
Admission $25.00 (members $20.00). Note: no EFTPOS facilities
“Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique…” – THE TIMES, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE GUARDIAN, THE IRISH TIMES, THE SCOTSMAN, fROOTS…
We could say so much more; accolades abound; but suffice to say, best get there early to get a seat – they’ve packed out much bigger venues on previous visits to New Zealand.
English trad and original songs – be prepared to sing along, you won’t be able to help it!
Kilpatricks’ home, 9 Donlin Road, Pukerua Bay, Tuesday 2 October, 8 pm
Richard Grainger is a prolific and widely respected songwriter and musician who has been performing on the British Folk Scene since the 1980s. He has fourteen albums and several musical plays to his name and many of his songs have become well known on the British folk circuit. As a contemporary songwriter, Richard still has a strong feel for traditional song, his songs reflecting the lives and times of the people from North-East England.
Contact: Murray and Julie Kilpatrick, phone (04) 239 9951