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.

Thursday 13 October: Phil Garland – Cancelled

phil_garland_2001Sadly, we’ve had to cancel Phil Garland’s concert this month, but the good news is, he may be coming our way in March 2017! We’ll keep you informed about that.

Meanwhile, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to hear and play NZ folk music at the Wellington Folk Festival later this month.

Phil Garland is a highly respected Kiwi balladeer, singing historian and entertainer, Life Member of the Christchurch Folk Music Club, who has spent a lifetime researching, collecting, writing and performing, during which time he has often been described as A National Living Treasure and New Zealand’s foremost and finest heritage balladeer. He has recorded some eighteen albums – winning Folk Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards three times.

Phil has performed extensively around the world promoting the Kiwi musical heritage with a blended presentation of songs, stories, yarns that introduce audiences to the musical heart of New Zealand and its people. Garland’s entertaining performance prompted one American reviewer to say:- “his songs transport you to New Zealand so effectively, you may be inspired to take up residence there!”

Phil will be promoting the digitised re-release of his 1970 album “Down A Country Road”, which highlights New Zealand’s story and the way people have lived and recorded it in homespun balladry. These songs were collected from both old timers and younger people that Phil met as he travelled thousands of miles into the remoter parts of New Zealand.

The newly digitised album of Down A Country Road (first recorded in 1970) is of great historical significance. Two of the original backing musicians are no longer with us, having passed on in recent times. The album serves as a tribute to the huge musical talent of the late great Alistair Hulett, along with the late wonderful musician and friend Dave Hart.

This will be Phil’s Farewell Tour and may well be your last chance to see and hear this Kiwi balladeer and singing historian perform in person.

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

Sunday 9 October: Open Mic in Newtown

Open Mic , The Office,  124 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Sunday 9 October, 5:30-8 pm

In the upstairs room at “The Office” bar in Newtown’s main street, Riddiford St, just south of the intersection with Rintoul St. Those of you who have been there before will know it’s a great space for live music, free of the usual cafe clatter, but with drink and food available from the bar downstairs.

Sunday 25 September: Tony Burt and Karen Jones

burt-and-jonesTony Burt and Karen Jones bring together a unique blend of instruments and music that crosses the boundaries of Celtic and Americana traditions.   Tony has adapted airs and fiddle tunes for the Dobro and weissenborn to accompany Karen’s exquisite harp performance and blistering paced guitar fuelled Scottish jigs.

Meanwhile Karen took up the challenge to adapt the Celtic guitar style and apply it to fast rousing bluegrass, Americana tunes and Tony’s original compositions.   The idea was experimental at first to see how the Dobro and Celtic Harp sounded together and the rest is history as together they bring a fusion of music and performance not to be missed.

Find out more on their profile, and here they are on YouTube.

Note the different day this month – Sunday, not Thursday.

From 7.30pm at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath. Entry $15 Acoustic Routes members and students, $20 non-members