New: Acoustic Routes singaround session

Monday 21 November, Johnsonville Community Hub, 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville, 7:30 pm

Entry: $4 (to cover cost of tea and coffee). 

Bring songs, tunes or poems to share, or just come along and join in.

At the Johnsonville Community Hub in the side room (go into the main room and turn left).

And don’t forget, later that week, on Thursday 24 November, we have:

A celebration of Scottish music for St Andrew’s Day, with a skirl o’ the pipes, a flourish o’ the fiddle and a recht denner o’ songs and stories in Doric fae Aberdonian ex-pat John Sutherland.

You’ll hear love songs, bothy songs, work songs and the great ballads as well as more recent material, written within the tradition, by the likes of Archie Fisher and Aberdonian Ian Campbell.

With support acts from pipers and fiddlers. 

 

St Andrew’s celebration concert

Thursday 24 November, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. A bargain! Cash only (no eftpos facilities). Vaccinations and masks encouraged.

A celebration of Scottish music for St Andrew’s Day

St Andrew’s Day is on 30 November. We’re getting a head start on 24 November, with a skirl o’ the pipes, a flourish o’ the fiddle and a recht denner o’ songs and stories in Doric fae Aberdonian ex-pat John Sutherland.

John Sutherland

Born in rural Aberdeenshire, John Sutherland lived his early years in a place rich in history and a treasure house of tradition. He has memories of hearing music played and ballads sung by the ordinary folk around him – a part of everyday life. The tunes and the stories told, and the manner in which they were sung, provided John with an awareness and appreciation for the cultural heritage of the area. The Aberdeen Folk Club helped keep the tradition alive, providing a venue for well-known performers – an inspiration for young musicians. The area has produced numerous folksongs and singers over a long period and John considers himself fortunate to have heard many of them

Skiffle, jazz and blues have also influenced John’s repertoire, but the songs of the North-East of Scotland are close to his heart. You will hear love songs, bothy songs, work songs and the great ballads as well as more recent material, written within the tradition, by the likes of Archie Fisher and Aberdonian Ian Campbell.

The local dialect, known as “the Doric”, may prove challenging but the meaning of the songs is well conveyed by John’s skilful guitar and vocals – a fitting tribute to St Andrew’s Day.

Pipe and fiddle

You can also be sure of hearing pipers, and members of the Ceol Alba Scottish music club will present some of their favourite repertoire, with an emphasis on traditional fiddle music. 

No Monthly Concert and JPA Winners

As Wellyfest is on this month we aren’t holding a monthly concert. For more info about Wellyfest check out their website: https://wellingtonfolkfestival.wordpress.com/


Also, we have had a very positive response to our call for entries for this year’s Joan Prior Young Performers Award and are presenting the Awards this year to eight young singers and musicians – four solo performers and two duos.

Sofia Machray and Alex Hoare (singer songwriter, guitar and cello).

*  James Hunter (singer, guitarist, alternative folk).

Catherine Bullock (singer songwriter, guitar).

Zavier Boyle and Jackie Lamb (whistle and mandolin, Irish and Scottish folk).

Alexander Guy (singer, guitarist, international folk songs and originals).

Caoimhe Lane (singer, guitarist, contemporary and traditional folk).

Acoustic Routes monthly concert featuring The Three Js with Chazanne and Kev & Rosie

Roseneath School Hall, Thursday 22 September, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. A bargain! Cash only (no eftpos facilities). Vaccinations and masks encouraged.

Jo Sheffield, Jenny Kilpatrick and Jude Madill – The Three Js (a.k.a the Threegals), have played and sung together in various lineups for a few years now. Often accompanying each other’s solo projects as well as being part of the lower-North-Island-famous Eagles tribute group the Eagals. J, J and J are looking forward to joining forces to share some of their favourite music, and a love of harmony singing, with Acoustic Routes.

Chazanne are an exuberant and engaging duo whose songs are thought-provoking, witty and highly entertaining. Charles Harter and Anne O’Donnell share lead vocals and song writing credits. Their music ranges from frivolous and satirical to serious and poignant- all observations of the human condition. Guitar, ukulele, and harps feature alongside close harmonies and a marvellous cheeky sense of humour.

Kev and Rosie sing predominantly British traditional songs, in unaccompanied harmony. They met through singing, at Wellyfest, and have been singing together for almost four years. Kev’s background farming in Sussex informs his Copper-influenced repertoire. Rosie was brought up in the Auckland folk scene. They live on the South Coast of Wellington.

Acoustic Routes at Orange COVID Level

Please note: The Acoustic Routes Committee has agreed on the following approach under Orange COVID Level.

  • Some audience members may not be fully vaccinated and/or may choose not to wear a mask, since these are no longer mandatory requirements.
  • The Committee encourages audience members to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask for their own protection.
  • Workers and volunteers at gatherings must wear face masks unless they are exempt.

Acoustic Routes invitational concert

Thursday 25 August, Tawa Community Lounge, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. A bargain! Cash only (no eftpos facilities). Vaccinations and masks encouraged.

Divine Pitch is a new multi-media collaboration between Megan Ward and Stephen Riddell. They play a balance of original and traditional songs on a variety of instruments tuned to ‘divine pitch’ (A=432 Hz instead of the usual concert A=440 Hz) and describe themselves as coming to folk music ‘as refugees from classical music’.
Check out their youtube channel. https://youtu.be/WQoiZMjfUH0

Alfred is a longtime afficionado of American fingerstyle guitar who had a folk awakening of sorts about 18 years ago, after discovering and exploring the music of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and the subsequent folk revival of the early 1960’s. He writes and performs original and traditional songs in a multitude of American genres, offering fresh interpretations of traditional or standard songs, while his original material often expresses autobiographical, confessional themes with a slight humorous or political edge.

Simple Gifts are Sue Rose and Philippa Boy – two friends who share a love of harmony singing and very eclectic musical tastes. Expect unusual arrangements of traditional and current songs, some acapella and some featuring instruments including an Inuit caribou drum, guitar and hurdy gurdy.

Ktoo are Kevin McLoughlin and Kevin Ikin, two Wellington-based folk veterans who hail from Dunedin. Their family links with the South Island’s West Coast led them to record a collection of tall and true songs about the Coast. Ktoo’s CD, “Land of the West”, was released in 2017. But their musical partnership extends beyond the West and they have original songs about wider issues and events to share with you as well.

Kaboodle are Diana Bastion singing mainly old traditional songs with Julian Ward on open tuned guitar and shruti.

Toil and Trouble are Mary Hubble, Jude Douglas and Ron Craig who play and sing a range of music mostly from UK, USA, Canada and NZ. Mary brings wonderful flute/whistle and vocal harmonies, Jude adds fantastic fiddle, and Ron Craig combines a warm, expressive, voice with beautiful guitar. Always a treat, with a mix of tunes and songs.

Acoustic Routes at Orange COVID Level

Please note: The Acoustic Routes Committee has agreed on the following approach under Orange COVID Level.

  • Some audience members may not be fully vaccinated and/or may choose not to wear a mask, since these are no longer mandatory requirements.
  • The Committee encourages audience members to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask for their own protection.
  • Workers and volunteers at gatherings must wear face masks unless they are exempt.

Charlotte Yates concert

Thursday 28 July, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. A bargain! Cash only (no eftpos facilities). Vaccinations and masks encouraged.

Charlotte Yates

Charlotte Yates is a professional independent New Zealand singer-songwriter with a growing catalogue of 22 solo and collaborative releases.

She runs Songwriting School, an online songwriting tuition subscription and a songwriting coaching service, Songdoctor. Charlotte also works with international clients as author/mentor for US/UK music educational websites Soundfly, Musician on a Mission and Bandzoogle. 

No stranger to the format of pairing famous words with music, Charlotte has devoted albums to James K Baxter, Hone Tuwhare, Witi Ihimaera and Katherine Mansfield. 

Her latest solo release, Chime, is a track from Marc Chesterman’s Woodhead Reimagined album and currently rotation @ bFM. She’s looking forward to performing on 28 July solo and unplugged, which is exactly how she started.

Charlotte’s photo by Emma Robinson, EJR Productions Ltd

Liz and Tim are somewhat reclusive treasures in the Wellington folk and acoustic music scene. They specialise in playing Maqam – the music system used since the time of the Babylonians – on violin and oud. But then they might play guitar, ukelele clarinet or even banjo.  And the music might be medieval, swing or early jazz, Tinpan Alley, Celtic tunes, New Zealand songs, rock, blues, or original tunes and songs. Whatever they choose, this will be a musical delight from two fabulous musicians.

The Godwits

Vic has been writing songs and playing in bands, most of his life and has performed at festivals throughout Australia and in the U.S.  Lis was given a guitar by her son a few years back and started writing songs and playing with friends. Lis met Vic when she heard him performing his originals at Thorndon market, Wellington. Vic and Lis started playing music together as The Godwits, with Gael joining them on bass. Other musicians join the flock from time to time. The Godwits play laid-back sad songs, mostly originals, while also having fun.  They will soon be releasing their new EP.

Acoustic Routes at Orange COVID Level

Please note: The Acoustic Routes Committee has agreed on the following approach under Orange COVID Level.

  • Some audience members may not be fully vaccinated and/or may choose not to wear a mask, since these are no longer mandatory requirements.
  • The Committee encourages audience members to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask for their own protection.
  • Workers and volunteers at gatherings must wear face masks unless they are exempt.

June Concert

Thursday 23 June, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities). Vaccinations and masks encouraged.

Whimzik

Whimzik aka Glenn Kastrinos and Kjelsty Hanson live in Hawkes Bay and have been playing traditional music together for many years. Kjelsty comes from Montana and plays a variety of percussion instruments including bodhran, bones and spoons. She also turns into characters that will stir the imagination. Kjelsty has been a sculptor for many years and brings her artistic vision into her stage performance. Glenn has been playing traditional music since the seventies and competed in fleadh cheols (Irish traditional music competitions) in New York City and Ireland. He plays fingerstyle guitar, irish flutes and whistles and sings. He is drawn to unusual tunes (especially waltzes) from Appalachia, Idaho, Ireland, Brittany and Scandinavia.

Music is about experiencing emotions, and their playing will bring a laugh one minute and a tear in the next. They can’t wait to share some music with Acoustic Routes.

Steampunk Minstrels

Steampunk Minstrels is a largely acoustic guitar-based band with Mairi-Anne on mandolin, twelve string and bass guitar and Marius on six and twelve string guitar. They play original music which is a fusion of African and Celtic music with a hint of rock and jazz. They were part of the regular Folk Club scene in South Africa until parenthood struck and have recently re-emerged on the Wellington music scene. It is a real pleasure to have them back at Acoustic Routes.

Pick and Mixolydian

Pick and Mixolydian are a Wellington-based acoustic duo featuring Jo Shrigley on ukulele and vocals with Bruce Omundsen on small pipes, tin whistle, and vocals.

Jo has been part of Wellington’s WOSOSI (World Song Singers) choir for over 4 years, which has cemented her love of things international. As well as picking away at her ukulele, Jo is studying Music Theory at Victoria University.

Bruce also joined WOSOSI recently, which was a spark for the idea of forming a folk duo. Highland piping has been a constant presence for him over the last 40 years, highlighted with many trips back to his ancestral roots in Scotland. Scottish and other Celtic music is a natural choice for the duo but Bruce enjoys expanding on the mixolydian scale available to his main instrument.

Together Bruce and Jo have been building a varied folk repertoire and look forward to sharing their joy of music with you.

Acoustic Routes at Orange COVID Level

Please note: The Acoustic Routes Committee has agreed on the following approach under Orange COVID Level.

  • Some audience members may not be fully vaccinated and/or may choose not to wear a mask, since these are no longer mandatory requirements.
  • The Committee encourages audience members to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask for their own protection.
  • Workers and volunteers at gatherings must wear face masks unless they are exempt.

March Concert

Thursday 24 March, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities).

Red Level Protocols

A venue gathering limit of 40 people will apply so please RSVP to Ruth Birnie to confirm your place  ruthlbirnie@gmail.com

Everyone will need to be fully vaccinated, with a pass, or have a vaccine exemption. You will need to sign in at the door and keep your masks on indoors. 

Featuring:

UzBlokes

hat happens when 2 grumpy old men – Jon Callwood and Pete Hancock – meet a young didgeridoo/ bagpipe player – Phillip Scott Cowan? Answer – UzBlokes. When they get together all that matters is ‘Let’s make music!’.

Jon Callwood, on guitar, banjitar and vocals, identifies his roots as being in traditional folk music in the North of England and New Zealand, but now enjoys genre-defying song writing and recording – humour, nostalgia, social comment, whatever comes along.

Phillip Scott Cowan (aka Bagpipe Boy) brings real diversity to the mix with Highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes, practice chanters, whistles, didjeribone, didjeridoo, electronic pipes, melodiphone, and vocals. As he says, ‘with only 9 notes you have to be pretty creative at times and be inspired by people saying you can’t do that on the pipes’!

Pete Hancock on bouzouki, guitar and vocals describes himself as ‘another product of the 60’s North of England folk revival’. Since then, he has played in various bands and line-ups in New Zealand and for him, creating new music with UzBlokes ‘has brought the passion to life again’.

Dusty Burnell

Multi-instrumentalist Dusty Burnell has been playing stages throughout New Zealand and Australia for the past 5 years. He has played in as many line ups as he has strings on his instruments. His diverse background ranges from Cajun to Indie Rock but always layered with a heavy dose of Blues and Americana. Audiences will take a trip through the American Song book touching on High Lonesome ballads, Jazz standards, Old Time, trad Folk and country songs that hurt so much you’ll empty the bottle.

Mary Livingston and Sue Chamberlain

After a bit of diversion into other creative pursuits, Mary is excited to be back into her song writing, guitar playing and learning new repertoire with Sue (although she still has a preference for anything haunting or harrowing). Sue loves singing many types of music – jazz, country, show tunes, world music and the wide umbrella that is folk. Mary and Sue have sung together sporadically in the past, but in 2022 they have started seriously sharing their musical experiences to develop an eclectic repertoire which they are keen to share.

February Concert

Thursday 24 February, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities).

Red Level Protocols

A venue gathering limit of 40 people will apply so please RSVP to Ruth Birnie to confirm your place  ruthlbirnie@gmail.com

Everyone will need to be fully vaccinated, with a pass, or have a vaccine exemption. You will need to sign in at the door and keep your masks on indoors. 

Featuring:

Julie Bevan

 ‘Kaleidoscope’ is the latest album by NZ composer/musician Julie Bevan. This is eclectic album draws on her diverse musical influences and styles, including flamenco, jazz, kiwi and Brazilian music (the cd was recorded in Brazil and Wellington).

She is joined by friends who recorded with her in Wellington – Nick van Dijk on keys, melodica and brass, and Aaron Stewart on acoustic bass.

Nick plays diverse musical styles but is best known in jazz. A composer, musician and teacher, he has performed with Black Seeds, Rhombus, Olivia Newton John, and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra, as well as contributing to many albums.

Aaron Stewart is the long-time bass player of alt-country artist Mel Parsons and with T-Bone Trio, a mathematically challenged quartet performing bluegrass and country classics. He has performed in a variety of international and local festivals and contributed to many albums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz6fYZAJIkM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIdAhNSIchs

‘Kaleidoscope’ can be bought directly from Julie

https://juliebevan.bandcamp.com/album/kaleidoscope

Kaboodle

We are delighted that Kaboodle has arisen from their hibernation. These Wellington treasures are Diana Bastion singing mainly old traditional songs with Julian Ward on open tuned guitar, and concertina.

Triskele

Triskele is a group of three multi-instrumentalists Emily Griffiths, Bob McNeill and Ceara McAuliffe Bickerton who deliver an animated and soulful Celtic musical experience. Founded in 2021, three of New Zealand’s top and up-and-coming traditional musicians saw an opportunity to create a new sound using original songs and music woven together with traditional tunes to create an exhilarating sound.

Acoustic News Update December 2021

ACOUSTIC ROUTES – HEADS UP FOR THE NEW YEAR

Hi folks, Acoustic doesn’t usually run any events in January, but with the cancellation of most of the regular January music gatherings, including Auckland Folk Festival and Te Rangi, we are planning to start our 2022 year a bit earlier than usual, with an OPEN MIC on Thursday, January 27, 7.30pm at the Tawa Community Centre Lounge.

Bring along a couple of songs, poems or a story to share and cheer us up as we head into what promises to be another challenging year. There will be no particular theme for the evening, but if you are looking for inspiration, Burns Night will fall on January 25th, and Australia Day on Wednesday January 26. (Do a song by Eric Bogle and you’ve got both covered!)

Door charge: $5 members and performers, $10 others. Cash only no eftpos facilities.

PLEASE NOTE: Acoustic Routes will be following Covid vaccine mandate requirements. That means everyone will need to be fully vaccinated, with a pass, or have a vaccine exemption. You will need to sign in at the door and wear masks until seated.

Under current Covid restrictions the City Council is limiting gatherings at the venue to 40 people, so we are taking bookings. To book a place contact Sue Ikin at s.ikin@supermail.co.nz

Acoustic News Update November 2021

There are still a few seats available for ACOUSTIC ROUTES’ NOVEMBER CONCERT – featuring KAREN MUNRO’S CD launch ‘Across The Blue’, with WANDERING THYME and RATPROOF

Thursday 25 November, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm.

To book, contact Ruth Birnie 027 451 5486, ruthlbirnie@gmail.com

Entry: $10 for AR Members and $15 for others. Cash only (no eftpos facilities).

PLEASE NOTE: Under Level 2 Covid restrictions, everyone will need to wear masks and scan or sign in at the door. We will not be able to provide the usual tea, coffee and biscuits at the break, but you can bring your own refreshments.

Please think carefully about attending the concert if you are not vaccinated, so we can make the gathering as safe as possible for everyone.

AND… A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

NEWTOWN ACOUSTIC SOUND – FINAL OPEN MIC FOR 2021

Sunday 28th November, 5.15-8pm at The Houghton Valley Community Hall, 80 Houghton Bay Road. Just up the hill from the Houghton Valley school and Play Centre, and just over the hill from Newtown. Gold coin koha.
Let’s make a fun exit from 2021 with some excellent music from all you stunning musicians. Bring a couple of songs to perform or a poem – we love it all.
There won’t be a bar – but you are welcome to bring some refreshments for you and your bubble to share. We will operate at Covid L2 protocol: QR code scan in at the door masks unless seated or performing  seating in bubble groups with 1m separation.  

ACOUSTIC NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021

Acoustic Routes has some bad news and some glad news to tell you about.

The bad news first:

ACOUSTIC ROUTES’ SEPTEMBER CONCERT IS CANCELLED

This concert, featuring Julie Bevan and Friends, Otherwise Brilliant (Emily Griffiths and Jonathan  Berkahn) and Ratproof was scheduled for Thursday, September 23. We are very upset that we have had to cancel it again, because of the continuing uncertainty about Covid alert levels. Currently we are at Level Two plus, and we can’t run concerts until we are back at Level One. This was our second attempt to bring you this exciting show, but we haven’t given up and who knows – maybe third time lucky?

THE NEWTOWN ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC NIGHT ON 26th OF SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Now for the GLAD news:

THE RESURRECTED  RIVERSLEA  RETREAT- Labour weekend, Friday 0ctober 22 to Monday October 25, Riverslea, Otaki Gorge Rd.

The annual Riverslea weekend is usually held in August, but the lockdown scuppered that. However, with the cancellation of Wellington Folk Festival at Labour Weekend, Acoustic Routes is offering this as a relaxing alternative, dependent of course on being back at Level One.

The gathering will start late on Friday afternoon and finish after lunch on Monday. There will be soup and bread on Friday night and shared meals on Saturday and Sunday nights. Tea, coffee and milo are provided.

Riverslea can accommodate up to 37 people in bunk rooms, and a couple of camper vans by prior arrangement. Pillow, pillowcase and bottom sheet are provided on the bunks.

Charges: $55 per night per bunk and $25 for day visitors. To book, contact Ruth Birnie president@acousticroutes.org.nz

THE JOAN PRIOR YOUNG PERFORMERS AWARD

The cancellation Wellyfest has also impacted our new-look Joan Prior Award, which this year offered successful entrants a weekend pass to the festival and a place in the Young Performers concert at Wellyfest.

It is very disappointing that we can’t do that for our entrants this year. However, we are exploring other ways of acknowledging the highly talented young singers and musicians who have entered the award and hopefully, giving them the opportunity to perform for us.

Kia haumaru te noho (stay safe), kia atawhai (be kind) – The Acoustic Routes whanau.

September Concert

Provided we are at COVID Level 1 restrictions, we will be running the monthly concert on Thursday 23rd of September at 7:30pm in the Roseneath School Hall.

Entry: $15 for AR Members and all performers and $20 for others. Cash only (no eftpos facilities).

The concert will feature:

Julie Bevan and Friends

‘Kaleidoscope’ is the latest album by NZ composer/musician Julie Bevan, who has a long-standing connection with Brazil. This is eclectic album draws on her diverse musical influences and styles, including flamenco, jazz, kiwi and Brazilian music.

For this performance she is joined by Nick van Dijk and Aaron Stewart on acoustic bass, who recorded with her on ‘Kaleidoscope’.

Nick plays diverse musical styles but is best known in jazz. A composer, musician and teacher, he has performed with Black Seeds, Rhombus, Olivia Newton John, and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra, as well as contributing to many albums. Aaron Stewart is the long-time bass player of alt-country artist Mel Parsons and with T-Bone Trio, a mathematically challenged quartet performing bluegrass and country classics. He has performed in a variety of international and local festivals and contributed to many albums.

‘Kaleidoscope’ can be bought directly from Julie

https://juliebevan.bandcamp.com/album/kaleidoscope

Otherwise Brilliant

Jonathan and Emily are concentrated essence of VicFolk, an exemplary model of the transmission of musical traditions from one generation to another. They are both gifted performers, tunesmiths, and teachers, and what they achieve together is more than the sum of the parts. They have a demonstrated willingness to muck in and are seriously committed to making sure that everyone has a good time.

Ratproof

Ratproof are a group of twenty-somethings who grew up surrounded by folk music, started jamming at Wellyfest, and have been playing together ever since. They play acoustic folk/Americana, influenced by the likes of Gillian Welch and the Be Good Tanyas, experimenting with harmonies and fiddle, flute and banjo instrumentals.

COVID SINKS ACOUSTIC ROUTES CONCERT

Sadly, with Wellington and the rest of the country remaining in Level 4 lockdown until at least midnight Friday, Acoustic Routes has had to abandon ship on its ‘marinated concert’ at Tawa Community Centre this Thursday, August 26.

We will be looking for an opportunity to set sail with our evening of songs, stories and music inspired by ‘The Seas and Waters of Our World’ at a later date.

In the meantime, please stay safe.

– The Acoustic Routes Crew.