Thursday 13 October: Phil Garland

phil_garland_2001Phil Garland is a highly respected Kiwi balladeer, singing historian and entertainer, Life Member of the Christchurch Folk Music Club, who has spent a lifetime researching, collecting, writing and performing, during which time he has often been described as A National Living Treasure and New Zealand’s foremost and finest heritage balladeer. He has recorded some eighteen albums – winning Folk Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards three times.

Phil has performed extensively around the world promoting the Kiwi musical heritage with a blended presentation of songs, stories, yarns that introduce audiences to the musical heart of New Zealand and its people. Garland’s entertaining performance prompted one American reviewer to say:- “his songs transport you to New Zealand so effectively, you may be inspired to take up residence there!”

Phil will be promoting the digitised re-release of his 1970 album “Down A Country Road”, which highlights New Zealand’s story and the way people have lived and recorded it in homespun balladry. These songs were collected from both old timers and younger people that Phil met as he travelled thousands of miles into the remoter parts of New Zealand.

The newly digitised album of Down A Country Road (first recorded in 1970) is of great historical significance. Two of the original backing musicians are no longer with us, having passed on in recent times. The album serves as a tribute to the huge musical talent of the late great Alistair Hulett, along with the late wonderful musician and friend Dave Hart.

This will be Phil’s Farewell Tour and may well be your last chance to see and hear this Kiwi balladeer and singing historian perform in person.

From 7.30pm at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath.

Sunday 25 September: Tony Burt and Karen Jones

burt-and-jonesTony Burt and Karen Jones bring together a unique blend of instruments and music that crosses the boundaries of Celtic and Americana traditions.   Tony has adapted airs and fiddle tunes for the Dobro and weissenborn to accompany Karen’s exquisite harp performance and blistering paced guitar fuelled Scottish jigs.

Meanwhile Karen took up the challenge to adapt the Celtic guitar style and apply it to fast rousing bluegrass, Americana tunes and Tony’s original compositions.   The idea was experimental at first to see how the Dobro and Celtic Harp sounded together and the rest is history as together they bring a fusion of music and performance not to be missed.

Find out more on their profile, and here they are on YouTube.

Note the different day this month – Sunday, not Thursday.

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

Sunday 11 September: Open Mic in Newtown

Open Mic starts again, The Office,  124 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Sunday 11 September, 5:30-8 pm

In the upstairs room at “The Office” bar in Newtown’s main street, Riddiford St, just south of the intersection with Rintoul St. Those of you who have been there before will know it’s a great space for live music, free of the usual cafe clatter, but with drink and food available from the bar downstairs.

Thursday 25 August: Young Folk Concert

Ruth MundyRuth Mundy is a story-singer whose songs will simultaneously make you smile and break your heart. With folk, protest, and indie influences, Ruth combines frank lyrics with sweet melodies. Ruth has recently recording her debut EP ‘Don’t Be A Monster’ and is enjoying performing in some of Wellington’s best loved institutions, including The Southern Cross, The Fringe Bar, Wellington Museum, and the Wellington Folk Festival. Find out more on Facebook.

Ruth will be supported by Skye Chadwick and Ceara McAuliffe Bickerton in the first half. Skye was born and bred in Lower Hutt and enjoys playing diverse styles of music, including folk, Celtic, gypsy, and classical. Ceara hails from Nelson, and is known for her lively performances of Irish traditional music. Growing up in a musical family, Ceara has already performed at many concerts and festivals around the country.

If you are (or know of) a young Wellington musician who’d like the opportunity to play a few numbers to start the evening off, we’d love to hear from you. More details on our facebook page soon.

From 7.30pm at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath. Entry $5 Acoustic Routes members and students, $10 non-members