Acoustic Routes New Zealand Music Month Concert – Thursday 27 May

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington. 7.30pm, Thursday 27 May. 

Admission $5.00 members and all performers/$10.00 others (cash only; no eftpos facilities).

Balladeer May 2021 May is New Zealand music month so we are inviting performers to join us for a Kiwi concert. Songs can be traditional or contemporary, originals or covers, so long as
they have a New Zealand theme or connection.


If you would like to perform, please register your interest with Ruth Birnie by Sunday 23 May and let her know what your two items will be.

ruthlbirnie@gmail.comtxt 027 451 5486






Acoustic Routes Concert – Colette Rivers with Hill-Start, and Burgess, Allen & Lansford, Thursday 22 April

Back at Roseneath School Hall this month, 7.30pm, Thursday 22 April. Admission $15.00 AR members/$20.00 others (cash only; no eftpos facilities).

Colette Rivers is an American-born, New-Zealand raised, self-proclaimed ‘Kiwi’, with a deep connection to the earth and sea. Her roots are in folk and as a singer-songwriter, and she is known for her wonderful vocals full of depth and passion. Her songs are of places, childhood, relationships, and life’s journey. Collette’s debut album, called ‘Memory Lake’ after her hometown, Lake Taupō, has been described as “folk and singer-songwriter styles being mashed together with indie and alternative rock in the hands of someone who knows exactly what she wants to achieve”. Check out Collette’s website for a preview.

Don’t be late or you’ll miss the opener by Hill-Start. Jo Moir (Hobnail, fiddle) and Simon Harding (Obediah, guitar & mandola) have been playing songs together since they met at the Plimmerton Open Mic four years ago. They specialise in ‘songs of heartache, love, and other nonsense’, following the country maxim of “three chords and the truth”, coloured in with harmony and weaving fiddle lines.

Next up, Burgess, Allen & Lansford are ¾ of the exciting new group ‘Out of the Blue’. They combine the smooth vocals of singer/songwriter Gill Allen, the intuitive upright bass and singing of new kiwi Christine Lansford, and the troubadour skills of Levin’s Simon Burgess. Proficient in many genres, these very experienced musicians weave their skills into a varied program of jazz, folk, country and originals with tasty vocals and a gypsy flair. From ballads to gospel, raunchy to smooth, their biggest problem is not what to play, but what not to play!


Acoustic Routes Open Mics in March

Three – no, wait – four opportunities for you to perform to an appreciative audience this week, and catch some great homegrown music:

  • Open Mic at Plimmerton Boating Club, Thursday 11 March, 7pm. Hosted by Roy McGuinness. To find out more, contact Roy on (021) 433-878.
  • Open Mic at The Office, Newtown, Sunday 14 & 28 March, 5.15-8pm. Hosted by Kevin Ikin. To find out more, contact Kevin at .

… and later this month, Celebrating St Patrick, an Irish Blackboard Concert, Thursday 25 March, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm.

Acoustic Routes Irish Blackboard Concert – Thursday 25 March

CHANGE OF VENUE – TAWA COMMUNITY CENTRE, 5 Cambridge Street (between the library and New World Supermarket), plenty of parking next to the Community Centre and on the street, 7.30pm, Thursday 25 March

Admission $5.00 members and all performers/$10.00 others (cash only; no eftpos facilities).

Hosted by the inimitable Roy McGuinness, this will be a fine evening of tunes, songs and poetry to celebrate Saint Patrick.

We’ve got a great line-up of performers who have signed up to play for us, so we hope you can still come along and enjoy the craic despite the last-minute change of venue!

ruthlbirnie@gmail.comtxt 027 451 5486