Category Archives: Concerts

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.

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.

Janet Muggeridge and Dave Murphy Concert

7.30pm on Thursday 28 June at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $15 non-members; $10 members

What do you get when an acclaimed acoustic blues player teams up with a mandolin maestro and harmony singer of note? Beautiful songs underpinned by Dave’s driving guitar and topped with Janet’s sparkling mandolin and lush harmonies. Sit back and listen to an eclectic selection of songs sung with passion, power and delicacy.

Janet and Dave will be ably supported by a new line-up of well-kent performers; Garry Smith, Anne Russell and Kevin Ikin lead the singing with accompaniment on guitar, ukulele, harmonica and percussion, and Marie Russell is the narrator for a set called “Dodgers and Deserters: Songs and stories about the men who refused to go to war“.

This musical essay combines original songs, narration and images to tell stories about men who didn’t go to war – the ‘dodgers and deserters’. Most of the songs are based on true stories about people and events in Taranaki. Ranging from ballads to blues and acapella numbers, the songs and stories are sympathetic to the men who declined to go to the world wars.

Dominic Rowsell

Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Dominic is an exceptionally talented young musician and the current holder of the JA Pan Memorial Trophy for the most improved performer, awarded at last year’s AGM. It is our great pleasure to give him the stage for his Trophy performance.