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Acoustic Routes NZ Music Month Concert

7.30pm on 25 May at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. $15 non-members, $10 members.

It’s New Zealand Music Month, so we’re putting the spotlight on some of our own local talent. If you love to hear songs about life’s rich tapestry, performed by beautiful voices and enriched by great instrumentals, look no further because we’ve got them in spades! 

Playing as Kaboodle, Diana Bastion and Julian Ward bring together a gorgeous voice and beautiful guitar playing to perform a melodious mixture of traditional and contemporary folk songs. They’ve been performing together as a duo for a number of years now, and this will be a great opportunity to hear their latest repertoire.

Sue Harkness is a specialist in ballads, telling stories of people, their cultures and the times to which they belong. She has a rich repertoire of songs, including New Zealand ballads, and is a self-taught fingerstyle guitarist, coaxing lovely arpeggios from her Barkman guitar. At festivals you’ll often find her anchoring late night festival jam sessions, her distinctive soprano in soaring descant. At the time of the concert, Sue will have just returned from performing in the South Island, where her involvement in folk music began.

Another Sue, two more great voices! Sue Rose and Philippa Gander are a recently-formed duo who have been making a name for themselves performing together whenever they get an opportunity – and that name is Simple Gifts. You may have heard them singing in perfect harmony at festivals and singarounds, and as part of Parryphonalia. Their vocals are backed by Philippa’s expert playing of various instruments, including her favourite, the hurdy-gurdy.

Acoustic Routes Songwriters Concert

7.30pm on 23 March at The Third Eye, Tuatara Temple of Taste, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $15 non-members, $10 members.

A great line-up of songwriters this month – first up is K-too, Kevin McLoughlin and Kevin Ikin, two folk veterans who hail from Dunedin and first played together at The New Edinburgh Folk Club in the early 1980s. As a duo they had their debut at Wellyfest last year, with a great set of tall and true tales reflecting the unique character of the South Island’s West Coast and its people – stories from the goldfields, coal mines, towns and landscape of the Wild West, not forgetting the weather!
The Gracious Deviants grace the stage next – they are Darrel Greaney and Pete Edge, a local acoustic group and a highly creative collaboration between two experienced musicians with disparate influences but complementary skills. They’ve been spotted at the Open Mic at the Office in Newtown and we thought it was time to get them up at one of our concerts.
Pat Higgins has delighted audiences for a number of years now both singing and playing traditional material on the Irish flute. He’s also a consummate songwriter, and we look forward to hearing his original material on Thursday.
Alan Downes will be singing numbers from his newly-released CD “Road Trip” – as Mary Kippenberger said on Facebook, he’s “Such a poet, funny, observant, brilliant, very cool, very NZ, very us”.
It’s terrific that we have so many people in the area who are contributing to the folk tradition by writing new material, and we’re honoured to have so much talent on one stage on one night. All up it should be a great night in a lovely venue.