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Double Bill: Crooked Weather and the Faustians

7.30pm on Thursday 22 February at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $10 members, $15 non-members.

Crooked Weather

Crooked Weather are a rock-infused folk band, based out of whatever rusty vehicle they can beg, steal or borrow and fueled by the new people and places they meet on the road. Their original songs, steeped somewhere in the folk revival of the late sixties, have a raw, modern edge, with the lilting harmonies of Holly & Will at the core. They will be joined for this concert by Ella Blackshaw.

They hail from the depths of East Yorkshire, England, but over the last 3 years their thirst for the road has taken them on a meandering journey through Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, U.S., England and Holland. Building up a reputation for their live shows, they’ve had the fortune to support the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Michael Chapman, Mike Heron (Incredible String Band), Jim Jones, Dick Gaughan, Roddy Woomble & Bridget St. John along their way.

The Faustians

Helena brought a wealth of tradition with her when she moved back to NZ after spending 10 years in West Virginia learning the banjo. She formed Cotton Daisy Backstep and brought traditional Appalachian Mountain music to the resurgence of interest in roots Americana music.

The Faustians focus on her original compositions. They formed when Helena met Philip in June 2016 and they started playing together at home. Philip threw himself into learning old-time guitar and Ruby was recruited from just down the road to play double bass and harmony vocals. This show will feature the first performance of their first homemade crankie – a long scroll of images cranked across a lightbox to an old ballad – magical.

It will be a diverse and fascinating evening!

Members will get a reduced entry to this concert.  We would love you to take out membership of Acoustic Routes.  Why not register at this concert? In fact membership is now half price for the remainder of the financial year.

Alistair Brown Concert

8.00pm on Thursday 15 February at Murray and Julie Kilpatrick’s, 9 Donlin Road, Pukerua Bay on the Kapiti Coast. $10 (house concert rules so no discounts – all proceeds to Alistair).

Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people who like the old songs, since he was fifteen years old. He began his career helping out in the folk clubs of his native Scotland during the folk revival of the 60s, selling tickets, & opening bottles (and occasionally concerts) for many of the great names in folk music.

After 30 years of music and merry making in Canada, he returned to the UK and now lives in Cornwall, where he calls dances with the Newlyn Reelers and Tinners, and performs regularly in folk clubs, festivals, pub sessions and several ancient seasonal rituals that require the presence of accordions.

His performances cover the field from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality, to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art – all this accompanied by anglo concertinas and button accordion. You may have attended one of his acclaimed and much enjoyed performances on previous trip to New Zealand – in which case, you’ll know you’re in for a treat.

Come along and enjoy the hospitality of the AR president and the lovely Julie for the first of our concerts in 2018.


Sunday 10 December: Acoustic Routes Christmas Party

Acoustic Routes Christmas Party, Sue and Kim Rose’s home, 329a Paekakariki Hill Road Pauahatanui, Sunday 10 December, 4 pm

Sue and Kim have once again 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 – see the map in the December Balladeer).

What To Bring
In lieu of a secret Santa this year, we will be collecting koha for the Wellington City Mission’s Christmas Star appeal. Please bring a plate of food, a bottle of what you like to drink, and of course instruments and songs. Disposable plates, etc., will be provided but those of you who have picnic sets could bring them too, to help reduce the waste.

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.

The nearest train stations are Paramata 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 landline 2379029.

Klezmer Rebs Thursday 23 November

7.30pm on Thursday 23 November at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $15 members, $20 non-members.

In November, our concert features the Klezmer Rebs.  This super band originated in Wellington a number of years ago.  They play Klezmer Eastern European Jewish music. Wonderful, guaranteed to get your feet tapping. Get a taster here on Youtube.

Members will get a reduced entry to this concert.  We would love you to take out membership of Acoustic Routes.  Why not register at this concert?

You’ll also be treated to a warm, friendly and entertaining opening set by Liz Merton and Tim Barrie, on Oud (no, that’s not a spelling mistake, nor a reference to anyone’s age!), fiddle, ukulele and clarinet.