Acoustic Routes AGM, last Saturday in July

Acoustic Routes AGM: Saturday 30 July. Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, 11am.

The AGM of the Acoustic Routes club (Wellington Folk Centre Inc.) will take place on Saturday 30th July at 11am in the downstairs bar of the Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon.  All members are invited to attend and only members can vote. The meeting requires a quorum of 15 eligible attendees and you can sign up for membership on the day if you wish.
Any questions regarding the meeting may be put in advance to the president, phone 04-5504912, or any other current member of the committee.

Thursday 28 July: Wai Tai Concert

Waitai photoWai Tai, a combo formed a few years ago by Northlander Robyn Kamira (Te Rarawa), is coming to Wellington especially to play for Acoustic Routes and a real treat it will be! Together with Krissy Jackson, she’ll be playing songs and tunes that blend maoritanga with the folk tradition, using guitars, percussion, banjo, fiddle, ukulele and vocals to achieve an excitingly original music.

They themselves have described their music as ‘contemporary Waiata fused into world sounds’, and you can be sure of a fresh and memorable performance from their AR debut.

In support, we have two of our own community performing as a duo under the moniker The PJs – the P being Pamela Gerrish Nunn and the J being Jenny Kilpatrick. Together they deliver a repertoire of issue-based folk-songs old and new, utilising harmony and unison singing, recorder and bass guitar.

And Chris Moses has been a favourite at the Acoustic Routes open mic sessions, now we have him here on a concert night presenting a range of his own songs, blues and 20th-century classics accompanied by his powerful guitar-playing.

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

Thursday 23 June: Blind date concert

The Blind Date (conceived of by one Jenny Kilpatrick, some years ago now) has become something of an institution at Acoustic Routes – well, a habit at least! – and affords great enjoyment to all as contestants perform in random line-ups of two, three or four musicians put together by the organiser Murray Kilpatrick.
This time, the concert offers not only this year’s plucky entrants giving it their best (with only about six weeks in which to forge a musical relationship and create a set to perform in public), but a peek at what some of last year’s Daters have been up to since then.  You can bank on a touch of bluegrass, a dollop of folk, a dash of blues, and who knows what else…
There’ll be music, there’ll be costumes, there’ll be laughs, there’ll be prizes – so come along and cheer on this year’s Daters and enjoy an informal evening of fun amongst friends, hosted by the redoubtable Roy McGuinness.

From 7.30pm at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath. Entry $10 Acoustic Routes members, $15 non-members; $5 performers