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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!

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!

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 

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

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.