Category Archives: Concerts

AR Final Concert for 2018

A glorious eclectic collection of musical talent to wrap up our concert year.

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 22 November, 7.30 pm

The 2018 J A Pan Award winner Bruce Carey grew up musically playing classical violin at school, then didn’t play an instrument or perform again for nearly forty years. Around seven years ago, he picked up a guitar and was inspired by a beginner song writing course with Charlotte Yates. He then stepped into public performance at open mics, with encouragement from a friend. His diverse songs – love songs, songs of loss, protest songs, small stories from New Zealand’s history – are always insightful and beautifully crafted.

Holly Carrington and Ron Craig are a Country/Bluegrass duo. Ron plays guitar and mandola and has an immediately recognizable voice, which is often heard around the Wellington Folk scene in his various ensembles. Holly Carrington has been in the Auckland Folk scene for over 10 years and is at home with both lead and harmony vocals, adding an American twang to Ron’s Kiwi timbre.

Pat Higgins is passionate about acoustic folk music in general and Irish traditional music in particular. A 30-year devotee to the art of the wooden flute and acoustic guitar, Pat writes his own material and re-interprets traditional songs in a variety of open tunings played finger-style. For this performance, he will feature mostly traditional songs and is delighted to perform a couple of items with a young Wellington Uilleann piper, Kris Nielsen.

Australian singer songwriter Vic Manuel will bring an offering of his eclectic original songs with Ruby Mae Solly, an astonishingly creative musician who embellishes them and brings them to life on cello and anything else she can lay her hands on.

Door price: $15 (non-members) and $10 (members)

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

They took Wellyfest by storm, now see them one more time in Wellington!

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

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.