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Robert Louis Stevenson Comes to Acoustic Routes

Sing me a song

8.00pm on Thursday 20 September at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $25 non-members; $20 members

Note this concert is on the third Thursday in September, and starts at 8.00pm

You might know that RLS spent some of his life in the Pacific. You might not know that his uncle, James Balfour was instumental in the construction of some of the earliest lighthouses here in New Zealand, including Taiaroa Head Lighthouse 30km east of Dunedin, the Dog Island Lighthouse south of Invercargill, Farewell Spit Lighthouse north of Nelson and the Bean Rock Lighthouse in Auckland harbour.

In fact, RLS was unsual in his family because he rebelled against going into the family lighthouse business, electing instead to bring light and entertainment to the world by writing fiction and poetry. Australian musical duo Neil Adam (vocals/guitar) and his partner Judy Turner (violin/narration) bring their delightful show on RLS to audiences from Dunedin to Apia this September.

We’ve set a dozen of his poems to music and present the biographical show with excerpts from his hilarious letters, illustrated throughout by his own photography,” says Adam.

Quotes from their recent tour in Scotland:

Neil and Judy’s performances at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh were a great evening’s entertainment, accomplished musicianship coupled with a genuine affection for the man and his writing.”

“I can’t recommend the RLS show highly enough – it is a huge hit with audiences across the globe.”

“We had the most wonderful evening in the company of Judy and Neil. Their love and passion for RLS is so warm and genuine and their thoughtful and unique presentation of the life of RLS, told through images, songs, prose and poetry, is absolutely mesmerising.”

Join us at Acoustic Routes for another night of great poetry and storytelling.

Plimmerton Open Mic Comes to Acoustic Routes

7.30pm on Thursday 23 August at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $15 non-members; $10 members

The amazing Captain, Roy McGuinness has steered the ship at the Plimmerton open mic so ably for the last four to five years. This wonderful monthly event now regularly attracts around 80 people. Wall-to-wall music from a large number of very fine, musicians, singers and performers. We thought that it was about time that Plimmerton Open Mic put on a concert for us at Roseneath. It is entirely in Roy’s capable hands to present what is bound to be an amazing night’s entertainment – not to be missed.

August 2018 Balladeer

You can download the August 2018 Balladeer here.

Please note the following corrections to the August 2018 Balladeer:

The telephone number given for contacting Anne McGregor about the John and Susan Sutherland Up Close and Personal Concert Plimmerton, Saturday 18 August, 730 pm is incorrect. You can contact Anne on 0274599376.

The Trad Singing Session with Dave Barnes at the Sprig and Fern is on Monday 13 August, not Monday 6 August.