Monthly Archives: February 2021

Acoustic Routes Open Mics start again this month

UPDATE: Still one more opportunity this month. The Open Mic at the Office is going ahead today, following Level 2 social distancing restrictions. 

Please don’t come if you have any symptoms. 

Two opportunities for you to perform to an appreciative audience:

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

And in between, there’s the Butter and Bees concert at Acoustic Routes, 7.30pm on Thursday 25 February at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington.

Acoustic Routes Concert – Butter and Bees, Thursday 25 February

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, 7.30pm, Thursday 25 February

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

Butter wouldn’t Melt

Three great musicians join together in this exciting trio featuring Andrea Reid (dulcimer, whistles, vocals), Nick Burfield (guitar and vocals), and Derek Burfield (double bass). Their music draws on many influences but remains firmly rooted in Americana, and they are in the process of recording their first album.

Butter wouldn’t Melt will melt your heart with soulful stories, soaring harmonies, far-away fables and not-so-sappy love songs.

Head Full of Bees

Head Full of Bees comprises Henry Burton-Woods, Jay Kenyon, and S R Harnden. The three came together for the Wellington Folk Festival of 2020, performing a combination of Celtic instrumentals and sea shanties on The Balladeer stage. Henry (bouzouki/voice) won the Joan Prior award at the Wellington Folk Festival in 2019, is an avid multi-instrumentalist, and currently studying classical violin at the New Zealand School of Music. Jay (cello/voice) has sung in several choirs over the years, also plays the bass guitar in a Wellington-based rock band, and thoroughly enjoys folk music and the community it brings with it. Simon (voice) learnt sea shanties with his crew in the London Sea Shanty Collective and enjoys an enthusiastic singaround. Hoist the sails, tap your feet, and join in with all the choruses.

Opening the gig will be Stephen  Riddell,  the 2020 winner of the Acoustic Routes JAPan Trophy for most improved performer, with his great combinations of harmonica, guitar and vocals.