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Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

“Blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation…”

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Tuesday 6 November, 8 pm

Admission $25.00 (members $20.00). Note: no EFTPOS facilities

“Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique…” – THE TIMES, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE GUARDIAN, THE IRISH TIMES, THE SCOTSMAN, fROOTS…

We could say so much more; accolades abound; but suffice to say, best get there early to get a seat – they’ve packed out much bigger venues on previous visits to New Zealand.

See the website or Facebook page for more.

House Concert: Richard Grainger at Pukerua Bay

English trad and original songs – be prepared to sing along, you won’t be able to help it!

Kilpatricks’ home, 9 Donlin Road, Pukerua Bay, Tuesday 2 October, 8 pm

Entry: $10


Richard Grainger is a prolific and widely respected songwriter and musician who has been performing on the British Folk Scene since the 1980s. He has fourteen albums and several musical plays to his name and many of his songs have become well known on the British folk circuit. As a contemporary songwriter, Richard still has a strong feel for traditional song, his songs reflecting the lives and times of the people from North-East England.

Contact: Murray and Julie Kilpatrick, phone (04) 239 9951

Joan Prior Award 2018

Calling all young musicians!

We’ve got a great opportunity for you – a chance to win the Joan Prior award for 2018.

We’re really keen to hear from you so we’ve extended the deadline to 8 October 2018 – you’ve got an extra week to get your application in! 

Find out how to enter on the Joan Prior award page


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.