Wellyfest is on!

It’s the big event in the Wellington folk scene in October and on the 4th Thursday when we’d normally be having an Acoustic Routes event, we’ll be packing our tents and instruments, and getting ready to head on out to Moore’s Valley for an actual live folk festival!

Hurry on over to the Wellyfest website for more details of location, programme and ticketing. See you there!

Meanwhile Acoustic Routes’ open mic events are on this month so if you want to get tuned and toned up for Wellyfest, or even if you just want to play or listen to a song or two, pop along and join in.

Open Mic, Plimmerton Boating Club, 66 Moana Road, Plimmerton, Thursday 8 October, 7pm

  • Contact Roy on 021 433-878 if you have queries or want to book a spot.

Newtown Open Mic upstairs at The Office, Sunday 11 October, 5:15-8pm

Acoustic Routes Variety Concert, Thursday 24 September

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 24 September

Admission $20.00 non-members/$15.00 members (cash only; no eftpos facilities).

Bob McNeill

Bob McNeill began his musical career in his teens, gravitating at first to Celtic dance music playing bouzouki and open tuned guitars. After a series of albums, including three Best Folk Albums at the Tui Awards and a retrospective in 2010, he took an extended sabbatical from music.

In 2016, inspired by the classic songwriters and the New Folk wave from the 90s, he formed Project Feijoa with Emily Roughton and Rob Henderson, releasing an album of his songs in 2019. Around the same time, he ran into Cape Breton fiddler Gillian Boucher, and together they have featured at Whare Flat (2019), at festivals in Nova Scotia and Oregon, and toured New England. They recently recorded their first album Race for the Sun.

While in the US Bob began writing the songs that became Lost Stars, an album of love songs for places and people we might not see again for a while. Working alone in lockdown, he decided to release the album track by track, as the songs were finished, and make them free to download.

 First act: Parcel of Sage

The first act, Parcel of Sage, is a combination of two groups, Parcel and Sage Plus, formed especially for this concert. The line-up includes wonderful singer and multi-instrumentalist Marian Carter, one half of the dynamic Raven Mavens. She is joined by Barry Carter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, sound man extraordinaire, and writer. Together this husband-and-wife team sometimes play with the Valley Stompers. Susan Ellis, known for her fiddle playing with the Jimmy Cook Band, has also come into her own on cello and can even be heard occasionally frailing a banjo. Sue Rose is a very fine vocalist who was a member of the quartet Parryphonalia and performs with Philippa Boy in the lovely duo Simple Gifts. Sue has also recently started writing some rather good songs. Last, but not least is Murray Kilpatrick on vocals and guitar. Parcel of Sage is having fun preparing an eclectic program of songs including trad, jazz, blues and originals.

Riverslea Retreat Cancelled

Was to be held Friday 21-Sunday 23 August

We’re sad to say Riverslea Retreat is cancelled as it’s not possible to meet social distancing requirements under Level Two restrictions.

Looking forward to a rip-roaring Riverslea Retreat next year.