Roseneath School Hall, Sunday 27 September, 7:30 pm
This concert will feature entrants in this year’s Joan Prior Young Performers Award, who will have an opportunity to perform for us before going on to the final at Wellington Folk Festival at Labour Weekend in October. Some of our own Acoustic Routes performers will also be lending their support at this concert.
Please note the change from our normal concert night. We’ve had to shift this from the usual Thursday night to the final Sunday in the month, because the hall will be in use for the school’s annual production during the week.
THE NEW FACES
Imogen gave her first public performance and started busking with her dad at the age of 8. She then decided to learn the guitar, followed by the ukele and banjo when she discovered folk and alt country – the Dixie Chicks, The Wreckers and EmmyLou Harris. She has had regular gigs at the Newtown Festival and the City Market, amongst others and is also a songwriter and keyboard player. Her current musical tastes cover a range of country music styles.
Michael and Alice
Michael and Alice are folk festival kids. They met in a muddy puddle at Welly Folk Fest in 05 and have been playing separately ever since. Michael, formerly known as the banjo player from John the Baptist, currently plays with desert drone outfit So Laid Back Country China. Alice has been playing fiddle with Southern foot stompers The Eastern for the last wee while. This collaboration came about in Jude Douglas’s kitchen over an excellent Thai fish curry (made by Jock).
Daniel is an acoustic guitarist and songwriter born in Greymouth and raised in the wilderness of the Southern Alps. He has followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle playing finger-style acoustic guitar and does a weekly practice busking on the streets of Wellington, where he now lives. Beyond technique/skillfulness, Daniel says ‘it matters more to me that my music pleasant and peaceful and, hopefully to some ears, beautiful’.
THE OLD HANDS
It started when Jude Madill recruited Tony Ricketts to play bass in Dunedin, then later Jenny Kilpatrick got involved. They became a 5-piece with Peter Madill and Jean Barkman for Wellyfest last year, and since then have developed a range of songs in addition to Jude’s originals. All three sing, Jude plays fiddle or guitar, Jenny plays bass or percussion, Tony plays guitar or bass. They all enjoy each other’s cooking.
Pamela Gerrish Nunn
Pam, the newly-elected president of Acoustic Routes, has been singing since she was a teenager in the UK. She has been in New Zealand since 1989, living in Christchurch and moving to Wellington 18 months ago. She has established a presence in the Wellington folk scene with her fine voice and wide repertoire, leaning towards traditional songs from Britain.
Mary Hubble and Kevin Ikin – a.k.a “The Toasters”
Mary and Kevin have been performing together as members of The Jimmies for almost 30 years, but occasionally also pop up as a duo (hence the name). There’s bound to be a Kiwi song or two, maybe something from Leonard, or something jazzy with a tune or two to spice up the brew as well, played on flute and guitar.
Entry: $15, $10 members and students