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

Joan Prior Award 2018

Calling all young musicians!

We’ve got a great opportunity for you – a chance to win the Joan Prior award for 2018.

We’re really keen to hear from you so we’ve extended the deadline to 8 October 2018 – you’ve got an extra week to get your application in! 

Find out how to enter on the Joan Prior award page