Folkin’ fabulous February (3)

The third folkin’ fabulous concert is coming your way this Thursday. I wonder if we’ll have to stop the concert so we can take photos of the sunset this week?

23 February (Thursday) – Kirsty Bromley and Simon Dumpleton.

“Kirsty Bromley is a singer of songs of social justice, traditional songs and songs from the heart. Her voice is effortless yet stirring, at times ethereal but always earthy and with strong roots. Musical and beguiling.” Nancy Kerr – BBC2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015

Kirsty delighted audiences around New Zealand when she was last here and in February she returns with her musical partner Simon, whose “beautiful piano and accordion playing will not disappoint your ears”. www.kirstybromley.com 7.30pm The Third Eye, Tuatara Temple of Taste, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

Opening acts are a band especially formed for the occasion, Reuben Jelleyman and Friends, and the winner of the Joan Prior Award 2016, Hunter Giltrap.

Folkin’ fabulous February (2)

After a folkin’ fabulous concert with Winter Wilson, harmoniously supported by the Hex Crystals (or was that the Flex Crystals?), folkin’ fabulous February continues with the second of our three February concerts this Thursday.

16 February (Thursday) – Rachel Dawick (in association with the Plimmerton Boating Club). If you’ve seen Rachel before, you’ll know she never disappoints, and she always has something different to offer. Now living overseas, she’s back with a special preview of her forthcoming album “A Penny Plain & Two Pence Coloured”. www.racheldawick.com/ 7.30pm Plimmerton Boating Club. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

As a special treat the openers are The Short Blacks – the fabulous fotographer and guitarist Julian Ward and the just generally all-round fabulous Mr Roy McGuinness on vocals.

And make sure next week’s gig is in your diary – you won’t want to miss it!

23 February (Thursday) – Kirsty Bromley and Simon Dumpleton. Kirsty delighted audiences around New Zealand when she was last here and in February she returns with her musical partner whose “beautiful piano and accordion playing will not disappoint your ears”. www.kirstybromley.com 7.30pm The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

Opening acts are a band especially formed for the occasion, Reuben Jelleyman and Friends, and the winner of the Joan Prior Award 2016, Hunter Giltrap.

Folkin’ fabulous February

We’ve grabbed hold of a bunch of opportunities to bring you some international artists this coming month. We’re also trying out some different venues, the Plimmerton Boating Club and the Third Eye.

8 February (Wednesday) – Winter Wilson (in association with the Plimmerton Boating Club). Your Pres sez “I saw this duo at the Derby festival last year with my friend and my brother and we all really enjoyed their gig. I felt sure you would too, so I’m delighted that the stars have aligned for them to come our way.” We’re ‘cutting free’ with this concert and holding it in Plimmerton, just for a change. http://winterwilson.com/ 7.30pm, Plimmerton Boating Club, 66 Moana Road, Plimmerton. $25 non-members, $20 members and students.

And for openers, The Hex Crystals!

16 February (Thursday) – Rachel Dawick (in association with the Plimmerton Boating Club). If you’ve seen Rachel before, you’ll know she never disappoints, and she always has something different to offer. Now living overseas, she’s coming back with a special preview of her forthcoming album “A Penny Plain & Two Pence Coloured”. www.racheldawick.com/ 7.30pm Plimmerton Boating Club. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

23 February (Thursday) – Kirsty Bromley and Simon Dumpleton. Kirsty delighted audiences around New Zealand when she was last here and in February she returns with her musical partner whose “beautiful piano and accordion playing will not disappoint your ears”. www.kirstybromley.com 7.30pm The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

Opening acts include a band led by Reuben Jelleyman, and the winner of the Joan Prior Award 2016, Hunter Giltrap.

Sunday 11 December: Acoustic Routes Christmas Party

Acoustic Routes Christmas Party, Sue and Kim Rose’s home, 329a Paekakariki Hill Road Pauahatanui, Sunday 11 December, 4 pm

Sue and Kim have once again offered to host this year’s AR Christmas party at their gorgeous rural retreat nestled in a little valley about 3 km from the Pauahatanui shops. (It’s about the same distance from Wellington as Plimmerton – see the map in the December Balladeer).

What To Bring
Please bring a plate of food, a bottle of what you like to drink, and of course instruments and songs. Disposable plates, etc., will be provided but those of you who have picnic sets could bring them too, to help reduce the waste.

Folk 4 Kaikoura

We’re supporting the ‘Folk 4 Kaikoura’ appeal to raise money for people affected by the Kaikoura earthquakes, so instead of a present this year we invite you to bring a koha for Kaikoura. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

Getting There

Sue and Kim’s home is 3.29 kilometres from Pauatahanui village, heading north up the Paekakariki Hill Rd. At the end of a long straight you’ll find the golf club on the right. Turn left into the drive just past that, cross the bridge and take the left hand fork to the house.

The nearest train stations are Paramata and Plimmerton if you are being picked up by a driver. Cell phone coverage is marginal but if you have any problems finding it, phone landline 2379029.

Thursday 24 November: Gillian Boucher and Bob McNeill

bob-and-gillianHaving rediscovered a musical connection forged on the road ten years ago, award-winning artists, fiddler & step-dancer Gillian Boucher (Canada) and singer/  guitarist Bob McNeill (Scotland) are taking audiences by storm with their feisty stage act, compelling songs and riveting tunes. They are kicking off their collaborative debut with a tour of New Zealand, before hitting the road for extensive tours of Canada, the UK and Australia.

Gillian’s fiddle style is unique. She seamlessly blends the music of her ancestors with contemporary sounds, enthralling not only with the serene beauty of her music but with her stage persona and skills.  With Bob’s innovative, rhythmic accompaniment, they present a truly dynamic yet sensitive acoustic conversation that is not to be missed. Heart wrenching slow airs and riveting arrangements of songs and tunes, Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeill take what you know about traditional Scottish music and bring it to another level altogether.

See more about Bob and Gillian here.

The warm-up act will be a new group led by Acoustic Routes committee member Liz Auchinvole, with some well-known folk and some new faces. We’re catching them on their way to celebrate Saint Andrew’s Day later that week.

From 7.30pm at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath. Entry $10 Acoustic Routes members and students, $15 non-members.