Acoustic Routes concert – a smorgasbord of 4 great acts!

Thursday 25 July, Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington, 7:30 pm. Parking on site or catch the number 14 bus. Entry: $15/$10 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities). 

We’ve got a multiplicity of artists from the Wellington region for our July concert, with a loosely country/Americana/bluegrassy sort of flavour, and a healthy mix of covers and self-penned songs. There’s sure to be something to tempt you, so do come along and enjoy a night of warmth and harmony.

Dean Murray is a singer songwriter, luthier, builder, environmentalist, gardener, and fisherman. His large collection of songs, written over a period of 20 years, traverse conversations and observations about places, people, politics, and the planet. They are delivered with sincerity, along with a bunch of stories. Expect a very special combination of homemade songs on handmade guitars in various genres from folk through country to reggae, with occasional harmonica on the side.

Phonic Fever are an exciting new band keen to share their eclectic mix of original songs with ragtime, blues, swing and bluegrass influences. All four sing, sharing lead vocals and four-part harmonies. Anne O’Donnell (harmonica and ukulele) and Charles Greenlees (guitar, mandolin and fiddle), otherwise known as Chazanne, co-write most of the songs. Geoff Pearce (acoustic guitar) is a promising new songwriter and Jenny Kilpatrick of the Eagals and Madillionaires (acoustic bass) completes the line up. Their songs are often tongue in cheek with an element of infectious fun, but with occasional serious undertones and social commentary in unexpected places, for example The Bluegrass Boys and Let’s all love lettuce .

Haewai (Houghton Bay) Collective began a couple of years back when Janine Mitchell recorded an album of her original songs “Etched in My Soul”, with the support of Jack Binding’s great lead guitar and vocals, plus Kevin Ikin’s mandolin magic. Since then, they have performed at various venues including the Moon Bar and Thunderbird café in Wellington and at The Mussel Inn in Golden Bay and have recently been joined by Pete Lamb with his sensitive percussion.

Janine continues to write songs in a 60’s / 70’s folk style, and the group also has lots of fun reviving many of that era’s covers. Favourites include anything that touches the heart; political, protest, environmental and social issues. They are also collaborating on writing new songs.

Ratproof includes Cara Brasted, Rose Dohig, Phoebe Smith, Alex Howie and Rachel Dohig (but without Cara for this gig). They bring a unique mix of instruments and harmonies which have appeared round many kitchen tables, bonfires and more recently the stage, and feature solos on fiddle, banjo, flute, harmonica, and mandolin. Ratproof play acoustic folk/Americana music with both traditional and contemporary selections.

Where the name came from is unclear, even to the band themselves. Is it because Rose caught several rats and a weasel and on her trapline? Or because one day they’ll turn punk? Or because their first gig was at a seed swap? Who knows?


Acoustic Routes Winter Singaround Special

Monday 17 June, Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge Street, Tawa, 7:30 pm. Parking on site or catch the number 60 bus, or the Porirua train to Tawa station.

Entry: $7/$5 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities). 

June is a big month for the stars, and this is your chance to star! 

June 21 is the Midwinter Solstice (and the shortest day) and towards the end of June, the cluster of stars we know here as Matariki (the Pleiades) will rise in the sky, giving rise to the beginning of the Māori New Year. We’d like to invite you to celebrate whatever part of that may be important to you in a singaround with a hygge-style (cosy) ambience at the Tawa Community Centre.

Bring your songs, poems or tunes with a wintry, starry and/or Matariki theme and let’s warm up the winter’s night together. To keep it cosy there won’t be a sound system, and to keep it safe, there won’t actually be an open fire!

If you’d like to participate by performing a number or two, please contact Ruth on 0274 515 486 to register.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there. We may even have some seasonal refreshments to share!

Note we have changed both the venue and the usual main event date so as not to clash with other events that may be scheduled at this time. Our usual singaround at Johnsonville on the third Monday is cancelled for this month.


NZ Music Month at Acoustic Routes – 3 great local acts!

Thursday 23 May, Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington, 7:30 pm. Parking on site or catch the number 14 bus.

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

There is probably no songwriter better suited to performing during New Zealand Music Month than Alan Downes. He was raised in a tiny back country Kiwi farming community and his songs form a narrative of our home, our country, and our place in the world.

Alan is a storyteller who only performs his own songs. They are (mostly) true tales of people and places told with careful observation, a good dollop of humour, and a little nostalgia. Armed with just an acoustic guitar, he shares a conversation with the audience about the stories behind the songs. His style can be described as a cross over between folk music and bush poetry.

Come along prepared to laugh and maybe shed a tear as Alan takes you on a journey through Aotearoa New Zealand. He has released four albums of original music: The Best (2013), Moving On (2014), Road Trip (2017) and No Going Back (2020). The songs keep coming.

Madillionette (A.K.A. Jude Madill & Joseph Coleman) are half of Folk/Americana group The Madillionaires. Jude and Joseph will entertain you with all original music about and inspired by life in New Zealand. They are very excited to be bringing a new song about Aotearoa to share with you for New Zealand music month.

Check out some of their original songs:
Madillionette, Play Music on the Porch day 2021 –  https://youtu.be/ycEx5SB5CeM
The Madillionaires, Levin Folk Club 2021 –  https://youtu.be/p4BUD5tv94o
The Madillionaires, House Concert 2020  –  https://youtu.be/HylwF6dAJTo

The Downundermutts are Peter and Cathy Dyer and like much of their music, they are American born and bred. They have made their home in New Zealand for over 20 years and are happy to play some of Peter’s originals as well as some Kiwi classics for New Zealand Music Month.

Peter plays rhythm guitar and loves singing early Americana such as Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Among his best known compositions are “Go Ahead and Cry”, “Yodeller’s Waltz” and “The Immigrants Song.” Cathy adds the big double bass and harmonies, as well as a bit of fiddle.

As part of the Downunderdogs they have been featured at Wellington Folk Festival, Kiwigrass Festival, Acoustic Routes, Wellington Bluegrass Society and the Auckland Bluegrass Club. Fair warning: expect to hear the occasional yodel as well…


Karen Clarke plays for Acoustic Routes

Thursday 18 April (note this is the 3rd Thursday – a change this month), Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington, 7:30 pm. Parking on site or catch the number 14 bus.

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

Karen Clarke has been lurking backstage in the provincial acoustic scene refining her feels for the last 25 years. With an active live performance schedule, two albums under her belt and another release due next month, collaborating with Wellington-based producer and kiwi blues legend Darren Watson, she’s well and truly earned her piece of the heartland acoustic music stage.

Starting out in folk Karen finds herself now firmly rooted where RnB and Alt-Country collide – you’ll detect a dalliance with jazz too. She has an eclectic repertoire of self-penned material dealing with themes of belonging, love lost and trying to figure out life’s riddles.

On stage Karen’s power-packed performance is strong. Grounded. Built. Warm. Emotionally direct with interpretations and song feels that move your waters.

Based in Taranaki, Karen runs an occasional acoustic venue called The Sound Shed with husband Mike Self and is the chair of the Taranaki Singer Songwriter Development Trust. Karen still holds a strong connection back to her former home base on the Kapiti Coast where she convened the Kapiti Live Music club for a while and played in Kapiti groups GingerJam and Mynimo; and Hard Candy.

https://open.spotify.com/track/6XRBraM21JeuogqW3x1EnY?si=25f044a7a54e4acb
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1zIwRIFCi5iIWGi3YUzOQq?si=wBb0V71sSCKuQWPeRqx9AQ


Al Witham started out with nothing and still has most of it left. As a youngster in the 80s he inflicted himself on folk club audiences who were kind enough not to lock him out. A youthful obsession with Bob Dylan led him to explore the weird byways of early American folk, blues, jazz, and country music. Somewhere via Mississippi John Hurt, Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Christian, and Tony Joe White he began writing songs, plugged in an electric guitar, and stumbled onto his own anachronistic way of expressing this temporary existence.

Jon Sanders plays for Acoustic Routes

Thursday 28 March, Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington, 7:30 pm. Parking on site or catch the number 14 bus.

Entry: $25/$20 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities). 

Fresh from his NZ tour, bassouki world music artist Jon Sanders brings his eclectic sounds to Wellington. Featuring tracks that explore the world of sound in the Celtic Folk, Afrofunk and Kirtan genres, Jon will play tracks from his latest project – Tenalach – embracing the synergy between nature and our inner circadian rhythms and tracks from his latest album Nada Brahma (meaning the world is sound in ancient Hindu).

According to The Irish Times, “Jon Sanders has developed a unique world music sound and style that evokes diverse cultures in a ‘quantum-leaping’ way”.

Versatile and very innovative, when he plays the bass mandola Jon uses a second pickup to add bass lines, creating a depth and colour to his compositions. With a percussive stomp and emotive vocals, the sounds soar into a new dimension! In contrast, he finger-picks funky back slap guitar and ukeleles giving Mali-inspired rhythms and Celtic melodies. The Irish Times arts section, The Ticket, describes his third album Zoukelele as ‘a deeply meditative, impishly playful, jazz-tinged collection’.

Spotify, Jon Sanders; www.jon-sanders.com; Facebook, Jon Sanders Music.


Our opening act, Annette Esquenet, is a Kāpiti-based singer-songwriter who began songwriting in 2012 and has a style all her own. Her songs are full of soft-spoken wisdom – she sets heart-felt lyrics to interesting melodies, accompanied in her own unique way.  

For our March concert Annette will be joined by Jo Moir – Jo’s smooth harmonies and beautifully crafted fiddle accompaniment are a real treat.

https://soundcloud.com/user-118808073/if-you-want-summer-1

https://soundcloud.com/user-118808073/henry-street 

Winter Wilson plays for Acoustic Routes

Thursday 22 February, Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington, 7:30 pm. Parking on site or catch the number 14 bus.

Entry: $25/$20 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities). Vaccinations and masks encouraged.

Winter Wilson – Kip Winter and Dave Wilson – have a global reputation as superb writers, singers and musicians, and great all-round entertainers. Their 10 albums have all received rave reviews.

Pre-Covid, they completed tours of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and most of Western Europe, in addition to the UK. Back in Lincolnshire throughout the pandemic, the pair streamed “Live from the Lounge” for 60 consecutive weeks and also wrote and recorded “The Passing of the Storm”, their tenth album. Now performing stunning new songs alongside old favourites, they are thrilled to be back on the road.

You will laugh; you may cry. You will certainly want to see them again!

www.winterwilson.com


Acoustic Routes Christmas Party

Sunday 10 December, 21 Gordon Road, Plimmerton, 2.00 pm – note the different venue and slightly earlier time.

This year’s Christmas Party is at a venue that will be familiar to many of you, because it has been the scene of many an up-close-and-personal concert, not to mention the annual Waitangi Day gathering. We’re lucky to be able to continue the recent tradition of holding our Christmas party on the Kapiti Coast, this year hosted by the magnificent Anne McGregor and Roy McGuinness.

What To Bring

Please bring a plate of food for the evening meal (starting at around 5pm), a bottle of what you like to drink, and of course instruments and songs. We ask that you give a Koha, which will be donated to Atareira Mental Health Support in time for Christmas. Disposable plates etc. will be provided but those of you who have picnic sets could bring them too, to help reduce the waste. Sorry no dogs.

We warmly invite you, your family and any like-minded and/or musical friends.

 

Acoustic Routes Showcase: local treasures

Thursday 23 November, The Collective Community Hub, 33 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville, 7:30 pm

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

Robyn-Lynn is a singer-songwriter from Kapiti. She was inspired by music at a young age but didn’t take to the stage until later, but now making up for lost time. It was while taking singing lessons with Charlotte Yates that she got inspired to get into the realm of songwriting. She was living in the city at the time and Newtown Acoustic was her introduction to the folk scene. She is influenced by all kinds of music and her songs are about everyday situations and more. She recorded her first CD at the end of 2022.  

Margaret Pullar discovered Acoustic Routes as a 16-year-old back in the Holland Street days and has been heavily involved in running the folk club for many years. She has been treasurer, secretary, Balladeer producer and committee member as well as a regular attender. While she has always joined in with sing-arounds, this is her first guest appearance at the club. Over the last year she has finally worked hard at improving her skills, learning new songs, and now is regularly performing at the Plimmerton Boating Club and small festivals.

 

West Road (Ron Craig, Andrea Coop and Christine Roseveare) have played together for so long we can’t remember how it started but it has been a fun few years, with lots of practice (and chat) and the very occasional gig! They offer three-part harmonies, Ron’s renowned finger picking, Andrea’s lyrical fiddle and Christine’s sympathetic (with a bit of a groove) electric bass playing. Their music is mostly Americana – songs from Buddy Miller, Julie Miller, Susanna Clark, Guy Clark with a bit of Richard Thompson and Joan Baez thrown in. Expect smooth harmonies and songs worth listening to.

For the best part of two decades now, Helen Dorothy has been on a quest to write the ultimate song (which she knows doesn’t really exist but that just might stand out amongst the ‘230 million’ that have gone before…) and refine her performance – guitar and voice – to draw in and engage the listener, whilst pursuing a small number of gig opportunities with next to no personal social media output!

That’s just how it is – it’s a conundrum, but it’s also an appealing challenge. She maintains her music is on slow cook, hoping the longer it gently simmers away, the more tender and robust it will become. Helen Dorothy has produced three studio albums, won favourable reviews in UK’s fRoots magazine, and tucked a few folk/arts festival performances under her belt. Occasionally collaborating with some highly regarded musicians as well as a published poet, she keeps on chipping away at her craft in a way that allows her to stay true to herself!

https://helendorothy.bandcamp.com/music

Jenny and Tony will be singing songs by Dick Coker, who lived in Auckland and Wellington, played his songs at folk clubs from the late 1960s to this century, and died last year after a long illness.

Jenny Kilpatrick met Dick and Kath when she joined her big brother Murray in the Wellington folk scene in the early seventies and met Tony Ricketts in Auckland in the mid-eighties. Since 1990 she and Tony have been expanding each other’s musical horizons. Jenny’s Brit-trad roots and fondness for old blues meeting Tony’s rock’n’roll past and singer/songwriter inclination meant they were bound at some stage to graduate to Dick’s songs, with his combination of satire and social commentary, word play and wit.


Frank and Erin with Toil and Trouble, at Acoustic Routes

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

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

Originally from Amsterdam, Frank brings his technical brilliance to this New Plymouth-based duo, while his Taranaki-born wife, Erin, provides the driving rhythm guitar and has a reputation for her unique style on the banjo – described by Albi (& The Wolves) as having ‘a
kinda swagger’. Whether it’s a sizzling acoustic instrumental or the soulful delivery of a ballad, they capture the essence of “guitar and song”, through the variations of the acoustic genre – folk, blues, country, bluegrass, swing, classical. All wrapped into a neat Kiwi-Dutch package. They perform some hidden gems, well-known standards, and their own compositions. Currently, they are in the middle of recording Frank’s instrumental compositions and working on their follow-up vocal album.

“Beautifully concise guitar playing, tasty harmonies, well- crafted originals and brilliant covers” – Chris Penman 

https://www.facebook.com/frank.and.erin 
https://www.youtube.com/user/FrankJohnErinManu 

Toil and Trouble are a Wellington based trio comprising Jude Douglas (fiddle and vocals), Mary Hubble (flute and vocals) and Ron Craig (guitar and vocals). They play traditional and contemporary songs and tunes mainly with an English/Celtic flavour. Also included are a few American, Canadian and antipodean numbers. The group are all long-time members of the Wellington folk scene.

 

The Jimmies – the final fling, with Divine Pitch and Simple Gifts, at Acoustic Routes

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

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

The Jimmies, Wellington’s longest running folk band, have decided to call it a day after more than 35 years of music making. Their appearance at Acoustic Routes’ August concert will be their swan song.

The band began life in 1986 as the Jimmy Cook Band – a ceilidh and barn-dance band, and their distinctive brand of mainly Irish and Scottish music broadened over the years to include Kiwi songs and standards from the sixties and seventies, as well as original songs and tunes. Besides their dance, birthday and wedding gigs, they have been regulars at Wellyfest and have kicked up a song and dance at festivals and other events throughout the North Island.

The first line-up back in 1986 was Mary Hubble, Kevin Ikin, Liz Merton, Ken Allan, Colin Morrison and (briefly) Bruce Chapman.  Other Jimmies over the years have included Malcolm Alder (bass) Bob Silbery (bass), David Knowles (electric guitar), and Ruairidh Morrison (fiddle, flute, whistles and concertina). Musical mates who have helped out when they have been short of a player have included Tim Barrie and Duncan Davidson, as well as whanau.

This final concert features Mary Hubble, Kevin Ikin, Ann McChesney, Murray Kilpatrick, Susan Ellis and Kevin McLoughlin. Together they’ll be on flute, whistles, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, percussion, keyboard, accordion, banjo, fiddle, bass, and of course vocals, reviving some of their earlier repertoire as well as more recent favourites. 

Divine Pitch (Stephen Riddell and Megan Ward) are a folk duo who tell stories from the mouth of the fish: Te Upoko o te Ika / Wellington. The “divine pitch” is what they call A = 432 Hz tuning, a slightly flatter pitch with a certain resonance that helps humans feel connected to one another and to a spiritual reality.

Stephen and Megan play from a foundation of Irish tunes and old-world ballads, and also write their own songs about local content. Stephen plays guitar and occasionally piano, while Megan plays fiddle, mandolin, and banjo, also occasionally tin whistle or cello.

Divine Pitch Creations – YouTube and https://www.divinepitchcreations.org/

Simple Gifts are Sue Rose and Philippa Boy – two friends who share a love of harmony singing and very eclectic musical tastes. They revel in unusual arrangements of traditional and current songs accompanied by a range of instruments including Appalachian dulcimer, guitar, and hurdy gurdies.

 

Bob Cooper Grundy & Kate Marshall, Rachel Hird, and Glenn Barclay at Acoustic Routes

Thursday 27 July, Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, 7:30 pm

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

Bob Cooper-Grundy has been playing blues guitar and singing country songs for 50 odd years and has opened for Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt, Tom Russell and Jimmy Lafave. He plays finger picking and slide guitar with some virtuoso flourishes.

Kate Marshall plays violin, accordion and flute and sings beautifully. She started with classical piano and singing in choirs and you don’t have to listen that carefully to hear Bach and Mozart lurking behind Bob Wills and Memphis Minnie. In this gig she might add in her new secret weapon of jazz glockenspiel!

Based in the Wairarapa, and regular guests at folk clubs and festivals, Bob and Kate’s song list veers between swing sounds of Texas, the blues and jazz, served up in the Bob and Kate way.

Check out their Bob and Kate facebook page for details.

Rachel Hird is a Wellington based singer-songwriter who has studied music and played piano for many years. She started writing songs a few years ago with jazz singer Lucy Smyth and is currently a member of Charlotte Yate’s Songwriting School. A regular attendee at Newtown Acoustic Sound open mic, she enjoys meeting and connecting with people in the music community. Her songs are inspired by people and situations past and present.

Glenn Barclay originally hailed from Auckland, where he had some involvement in the folk scene in the 1970s, but now lives in Porirua, after 40 years in Wellington.  He has been playing for many years, sometimes in bands that would average a gig a year, but mainly for relaxation. After a bit of a break, he has begun playing solo, featuring tunes from the broad Americana songbook, including one or two of his own, and is looking forward to the concert.

Rob Joass, Toil & Trouble, and Sean & Rosie at Acoustic Routes

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

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

Singer songwriter Rob Joass moved to New Zealand from his native Sydney over 30 years ago and has toured and released 10 albums with his bands Hobnail, Too Many Chiefs and The Shot Band, as well as 3 solo albums (currently working on a 4th). He has been a finalist at the NZ Music Awards three times (twice for best country song, once for best folk album) and has had songs covered by artists in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

…a songwriter’s songwriter…beautifully done, understated, and allows the songs to breathe.” 4/5 stars – music.net.nz

Change of programme: Don & the Divorcees. Don and the Divorcees is a collaboration of songwriters Beans Maries, Hollie Wright and Don Mackay playing a pick and mix of one another’s songs – think of us as the $2 shop version of  Crosby Stills and Nash!!  Beans’ and Hollie’s songs are like random notes from therapy, while Don’s are more like bullshit pub yarns.  Your chance to see 2024’s smash hit sensation, “before they were famous”.

Sean and Rosie O’Connor. Sean and his wife Amanda became a feature of the Kiwi folk scene in the nineties with their diverse folk pop Celtic originals, beautiful harmonies and fine guitar and flute playing. The late 2000s saw them on tour as a family band in NZ and overseas, until Amanda’s sudden death in 2011.

In the last few years Sean has completed a solo album including songs written during the O’Connors’ earlier years, their family tours, in response to Amanda’s death and beyond. Rosie, his daughter, has a beautiful voice and a great ear for harmony. Expect great songs with heart and harmony.

NZ Music Month concert at Acoustic Routes

Thursday 25 May, Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, 7:30 pm

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

“Let’s take a stand, protect this land…”

You don’t get much more appropriate for NZ Music Month than a classic song about defending our land from a threat posed by a larger power, and that’s how we’re starting this month’s concert. We have four fantastic acts from the Wellington region, from some of whom have been playing it a bit cool for a while now to other more familiar faces, with a mix of original numbers and well-known covers. 

The Hot Tubs are a band formed from members of Swing Club Music Group, including Sandra (uke), Lily (bass), Jarrad (guitar), Lynn (uke, guitar), and sometimes Mike (tenor guitar), and Manu (cajon and drums). They play an eclectic music mix of country blues, swing, ragtime and other upbeat genres and their set will include Lynn’s classic song ‘Send the Boats Away’. Come along and experience the social and music benefits of the Swing Club Music group for yourself.

Kevin Ikin is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who hails from Dunedin but has lived in Wellington since 1986. He played with Dunedin’s Pioneer Pog ‘n’ Scroggin Bush Band (The Pogs) and is a founder-member of Wellington dance band The Jimmies, and one half of the duo Ktoo. If you’ve been to any Acoustic Routes event in the past thirty-some years, you’ve probably seen him, either performing, compering or working to make sure the event goes smoothly. But did you know he composed and performed the Country Life theme heard weekly on National Radio? Instrumentalist Susan Ellis will be accompanying Kevin on fiddle and cello.

Don Franks has been enthusiastically singing and playing (mostly American) light music for the last sixty or so years. For this occasion, he has done a bit of homework and come up with an eclectic programme of genuine made-in-New-Zealand compositions for your entertainment and delight.

Sage is the duo of Sue Rose and Murray Kilpatrick, who have been singing and playing a very eclectic mix of songs together for over twenty years. Their set will be a great way to round off the evening.

 

Acoustic Routes open blackboard concert

Thursday 27 April, Tawa Community Lounge, 7:30 pm

Entry: $10/$5 for members and performers. Cash only (no eftpos facilities). Vaccinations and masks encouraged.

 

Photo by Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash

Since ANZAC Day is 25 April, the theme is war and peace. Come along and share up to two songs each or bring a poem or story to share. Put your name up on the night until the list is full. Listeners, foot-tappers and sing-alongers welcome too.

There will be a bring-and-buy table where you can bring anything related to folk music that you want to give away or sell. This will be operating from 6:45-7:30 pm, when the concert starts, and during the break. The Committee would appreciate you taking home any of your treasures that do not find a new owner.

Entry: $10/$5 for members and performers. Cash only (no eftpos facilities). 

 

 

 

Enda Kenny concert at Acoustic Routes

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

Entry: $20/$15 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities). Vaccinations and masks encouraged.

Enda Kenny with guitar and mikeEnda Kenny is an Irish-born songwriter who has made his home in Australia since the late 1980’s. His thoughtful, descriptive stories of his adopted homeland have struck a chord with festival audiences here and beyond. His songs are always memorable and spiced with plenty of humour. 

After a decade of juggling performance with a career in Public Housing, Enda returned to full-time music with the release of Kitchen Ballads in 2019. After the interval (COVID) he is happily back on the road.

Described by Rock and Reel as ‘a cracking live entertainer’, and by Colum Sands as ‘the finest Irish songwriter living overseas’.

Caoimhe LaneOur support act for Enda is Caoimhe Lane, a young Wellington based singer and guitarist who performs contemporary and traditional acoustic folk music. After completing a music degree majoring in jazz performance at the University of Auckland, she is studying composition at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. She was a winner in last year’s Acoustic Routes’ Joan Prior Young Performers Award.

Caoimhe performs her own songs as well as traditional songs. In her music she seeks to explore her Celtic roots given to her by her Irish mother and bring the joy that she exudes throughout life into her songs.

 

South for Winter concert at Acoustic Routes

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

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

South for Winter

No, it’s not a comment on our recent weather, or a sign that Summer is over! It’s the name of the duo that will be entertaining us this month, with support acts Luca Joass and Beans.

With a blend of dreamy acoustic duets, bluesy murder ballads and foot-stomping folk, Nashville-based South for Winter is kiwi Nick Stone and his Colorado-born wife Dani Cichon. 

These two songwriters and multi-instrumentalists combine elements including acoustic guitar, mandolin, electric guitar, and suitcase stomp into a genre-bending sound described by American Songwriter as “laden with delicate harmonies, intricate guitar-work and earthy vocals … impeccable sound”.

Their 2021 debut album Luxumbra, with GRAMMY-award winning producer Matt Leigh, has received international accolades. See more on their website or Facebook page.

Luca Joass

Christchurch-based singer song-writer Luca Joass grew up travelling around the NZ folk scene with his parents, core members of the Wellington celtic-folk band Hobnail. You won’t find him much happier than with a guitar in his hands and a song in his heart. Taking inspiration from his folk background, and bringing it an alternative, modern, twist, Luca’s songs are rife with catchy melodies and a whole lot of heart.

Beans

Inspired by the folk traditions of their native Yorkshire, singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Beans blends gentle indie folk sounds with a unique lyrical style. Their original songs are rich with humour, honesty and carefully crafted word play, borne of a love of language combined with a vibrant imagination and inner world. A newcomer to the Wellington scene, previously performing on and around the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, playing to a dedicated local fan base in small venues and festivals.

New: Acoustic Routes singaround session

Monday 20 February, Rimu Room, Johnsonville Community Hub, 33 Johnsonville Road, 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 23 February, we have:

South for Winter, along with Luca Joass and Beans, at the Roseneath School Hall.

 

Acoustic Routes Christmas Party

Sunday 11 December, 43 Pehi Kupa Street, Waikanae, 3.00 pm

10/12/2022 – please see below for a COVID update.

This year’s Christmas Party is at a lovely venue at the end of Pehi Kupa Street, Waikanae, across a bridge on the eastern side of the railway tracks. It is about 700 metres walk north from Waikanae train station and there is plenty of off-street parking at the end of the drive. Please see the map in the Balladeer if you need more directions.

What To Bring

Please bring a plate of food for supper, a bottle of what you like to drink, and of course instruments and songs. We ask that you give a Koha, which will be donated to Atareira Mental Health Support in time for Christmas. Disposable plates etc. will be provided but those of you who have picnic sets could bring them too, to help reduce the waste. Sorry no dogs.

We warmly invite you, your family and any like-minded and/or musical friends.

Update 10/12/2022:  Unfortunately, COVID is making the rounds of some of our folkie whānau and we’re sad that those affected won’t be able to attend the Christmas Party this year. We hope that anyone who is symptomatic or who has tested positive for COVID will also stay home to protect the folk community. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you there and, fingers crossed, the sun will come along as well!

Wishing those who are unwell a speedy recovery, and Merry Christmas to all from the Acoustic Routes Committee 

 

 

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.