Monthly Archives: October 2021

AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ACOUSTIC ROUTES

The Riverslea Retreat weekend, October 22-25, is cancelled, but The Joan Prior Young Performers Showcase, Thursday October 28, is GOING AHEAD.

Sadly, Riverslea has fallen victim, for the second time, to Covid restrictions. The Government decision to keep us at Level 2 means it would be impossible to comply with the distancing and other restrictions at this site.

However, with the proper precautions, we will be able to run our Young Performers Concert under Level 2 conditions at our regular venue, Roseneath School Hall.

Here are the details:
THE 2021 JOAN PRIOR AWARD CONCERT – 7.30pm, Thursday October 28 – featuring Peyton Morete, Sayaka Kirkman, Zephyr Wills, Maeve Hughes and Danica Bryant.

This will be an inspiring evening with five gifted young singers, musicians and songwriters.

But we will need to follow these conditions:-

Under current Level 2 restrictions, we have to observe social distancing requirements by carefully arranging the seating, and restricting the numbers who can attend, so you will need to book. 

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

The audience will need to wear masks and everyone must 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.

To protect the performers, vocal mics will be covered and the covers changed between acts. We will also have hand sanitizer available for everyone attending.

ENTRY: $15 ($10 for Acoustic Routes members). Pay at the door, cash only (no Eftpos available).

BOOKINGS:  Contact Ruth Birnie 027 451-5486; ruthlbirnie@gmail.com

October Concert

Provided we are at COVID Level 1 restrictions, we will be running the monthly concert on Thursday 28th of October at 7:30pm in the Roseneath School Hall.

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

This concert will showcase the winners of this year’s Joan Prior Award: Peyton Morete, Sayaka Kirkman, Zephyr Wills, Maeve Hughes, and Danica Bryant.

As JPA winners, they would have received a weekend pass to Wellington Folk Festival and a place in the young performers concert. Sadly, this year’s Wellyfest has been cancelled due to ongoing uncertainty about Covid restrictions. So instead, provided we move back into Level One, Acoustic Routes is offering this special concert featuring these five inspiring young singers and musicians.

Peyton Morete is a rising singer-songwriter who captures her audiences with her emotional performance. Her original songs deal with lot of issues facing young people today. Her lyrics are very moving and mature. Her sound is soulful, powerful and contemporary with big vocals. Peyton accompanies herself on guitar or with her own backing tracks she has mixed in her home studio.

Sayaka Kirkman is a fiddle, mandolin, whistle player and singer. She first became involved with the folk scene through Victoria University Folk Club in 2019, primarily playing in ceilidh bands or pub sessions and gradually growing both her repertoire and instrument collection from there. Now she’s hoping to incorporate some music from her Japanese heritage into the folk she plays already.

Zephyr Wills is a singer-songwriter who plays guitar and harmonica. He is also an award-winning viola player in the National Youth Orchestra. He performs regularly around New Zealand with his father, blues musician Shayn ‘Hurricane’ Wills, and has become a hit at the Newtown Acoustic Sound open mic. In his spare time Zephyr enjoys researching classical philosophy and Renaissance history. As he says, ‘history tells us stories while music allows us to imagine them.’

Maeve Hughes sings and plays guitar, flute and whistle. After picking up the flute at the last Wellington Folk Festival, she is ignited with a love for playing tunes. As well as making her way into the world of tune playing, she is enjoying creating and singing songs with her guitar.

Danica Bryant is a singer, guitarist and songwriter who blends traditional pop with the raw honesty of a folk songwriter and the gritty voice of a country rocker. Danica supported Elton John on his 2020 New Zealand tour. She holds national titles from Play It Strange and Smokefree Rockquest, as well as a songwriting mentorship with Bic Runga, a performance history with several national festivals, and funding from NZ On Air’s artist-producer development programme. Her June release ‘Heart Eyes’ debuted with RNZ, following her critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Cider’ last year.