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Pat Higgins alternative guitar tunings workshop

Upstairs at The Office, Newtown,
Sunday 22 July, 530-8 pm

Pat is an extremely competent and creative musician, who has an extensive knowledge of many of these tunings and how to use them. He has very generously offered to share his knowledge to help other
musicians, so that they may, enhance their guitar playing and grow.

This will be an interactive workshop, so bring along your guitar and maybe something to write notes on and with. This is a wonderful and rare opportunity which could well be an epiphany for many of us – thanks so much Pat.

Vic Folk

7.30pm on Thursday 26 July at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $15 non-members; $10 members

Acoustic Routes is delighted to welcome our guests this month. A wonderfully vibrant addition to the Wellington folk scene, Vic Folk got started in early 2017 with a St Patrick’s Day ceilidh in the Aro Valley Community Centre. It’s based on student membership at Victoria University, but welcomes participation from anyone who’s interested and offers all kinds of opportunities to learn, play and
dance to traditional Celtic music.

In April this year, they played for International Dance Day at Te Papa where they had about two hundred people up and dancing in the second floor foyer!
See it here.  Vic Folk has mostly been about playing for dances, as well as informal music making in sessions, so they see this concert as a chance to polish some of that material up for performance and offer some of the lift and excitement that they like to bring to their ceilidhs.

Check out their website, here.

Murray’s Muses October 2017

Hi to all you folkies out there. We are heading towards summer, although it’s sometimes hard to believe.

Acoustic Routes is not presenting a concert during October because Wellyfest is being held right in the middle, at the Brookfield Scout Camp, Moores Valley Road, Wainuiomata, from the evening of Friday the 20th until late Sunday the 22nd (Labour Weekend).

Acoustic Routes and performers associated with Acoustic Routes will be prominent performing throughout the weekend. These include:

  • Helen Dorothy, an amazing local singer, songwriter, launching her new CD, accompanied by Lott and Paul
  • Reverie, Tony and Victoria singing wonderful harmonies
  • The T Bone Trio Richard, Dusty and Gerry playing wonderful music that is bound to get you dancing
  • Vikki Clayton and Gilly Darby, two very experienced Pro performers formerly from the UK folk scene
  • K Too, our own Kevins (McLoughlin and Ikin) launching their wonderful new CD of West Coast NZ songs
  • Chilli Jam playing for the Saturday night ceilidh
  • Acoustic Routes will be represented at the Balladeer concert from 12.15 pm until 1. 00 pm by Toil And Trouble, (Ron Craig, Mary Hubble and Jude Douglas). Lovely harmonies and instrumental accompaniment
  • Julian and Diana. Julian Ward and Diana Bastion featuring gorgeous guitar accompanying very lovely mainly trad singing. Very beautiful.
  • Dominic Rowsell . A young up-and-coming performer, who is a multi, multi instrumentalist.

Come along for the whole weekend and camp, or just visit for the day. Details are available on the web. Always a superb festival, which as always has a number of outstanding national and international world class guests.

Coming Up November 2017

Thursday the 24th of November starting at 7. 30 at the Roseneath School hall. We are presenting what will be an amazing concert by the Klezmer Rebs. The Klezmer Rebs are a Wellington based group of outstanding musicians who play very lively, exciting Klezmer music. The music of the Eastern European Jews. If you have heard this group, you will never forget them. You are bound to want to be dancing in the aisles .

Supporting The Klezmer Rebs will be Tim Barrie and Liz Merton. Two more extraordinary musicians who are certainly good enough to be playing the main act. They will be playing music from the Middle East and Persia.

Acoustic Routes won’t be presenting any concerts during December and January . However on Sunday the 10th of December. Sue and Kim Rose, have very kindly invited club member’s to their lovely country home for a Christmas party.