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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.

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.