Monthly Archives: November 2018

AR Final Concert for 2018

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)

Saturday 15 December: Acoustic Routes Christmas Party

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.