Monthly Archives: April 2021

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!