Category Archives: Concerts

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.

Acoustic Routes NZ Music Month Concert

7.30pm on Thursday 24 May at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $15 non-members; $10 members

To celebrate New Zealand Music Month we have four great acts from the Wellington area – Don Franks, Simple Gifts (Sue Rose and Philippa Boy), Cindy Muggeridge, and Ktoo (Kevin McLoughlin and Kevin Ikin – photo to come). Come and celebrate with us the wealth of talent we have right here in our midst! More details in the May Balladeer.


Acoustic Routes Songwriters’ workshop

4.30pm on Sunday 22 April at The Office, Newtown, Wellington.

Have you ever wanted to write a song but didn’t quite know how to start? Or do you love writing songs and want to share your passion with others? Here’s an opportunity for songwriters to share their expertise and for beginners to learn, maybe start writing a song. All welcome.

Enquiries contact Murray Kilpatrick at or phone landline 239 9951

Acoustic Routes War and Peace Singaround

7.30pm on Thursday 26 April (the day after Anzac Day) at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: a mere $5 for all (so we can pay for  the venue)

This month’s concert will be a sing-around format honouring Anzac Day. Please bring along your songs, poems, or stories about (any) war and peace to share.

Let’s come together and sing to try to make this a happier and safer world for all.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. Love to have you with us, and perhaps bring a friend.

Acoustic Routes St Patrick’s Singaround

7.30pm on Thursday 22 March at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: a mere $5 if you’re performing, $10 if you’re not (so we can pay for  the venue)

He looks quite formal but really he’s just waiting for you to celebrate by coming along with something Irish to sing, play or dance.

The Acoustic Routes singaround nights are renowned for their variety, pathos, humour, and generally being a darn good time (to be sure). This one will be compered by our own resident Irishman, Roy McGuinness. It’s the day after the Spooky Men’s Chorale concert – see you there!


Spooky Men’s Chorale

8.00pm on Wednesday 21 March, Salvation Army Citadel, Vivian Street, Wellington

The Spooky Men are a male acappella group from Australia. Wonderfully entertaining and often quite provocative, you can catch them straight from performing at WOMAD.

They describe themselves as a vast, rumbling, steam-powered and black-clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye. This will be an event not to be missed!

Check them out on Youtube.

Book at Eventfinda.