Category Archives: Concerts

Acoustic Routes Open Mics start again this month

Two opportunities for you to perform to an appreciative audience:

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

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.

Acoustic Routes Concert – VicFolk and the Flukes, Thursday 26 November

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 26 November

Admission $15.00 non-members/$10.00 members (cash only; no eftpos facilities).


This vibrant club has been running at Victoria University of Wellington since 2017, offering opportunities to learn about and get involved with Celtic folk music. If you’re of a musical inclination, they teach tunes from the ground up, serving as a gateway into the weekly Wellington Irish Session and VicFolk’s very own ceilidh band. For those who just want to dance they hold regular dance workshops and public ceilidhs – pandemic permitting!

Fresh from performing at the Wellington Folk Festival, VicFolk will bring a taste of what they do to the Roseneath School Hall on November 26th. The concert will include a selection of their favourite toe-tapping tunes, interspersed with songs from a broad range of folk traditions.

 The Flukes

Fluke (flook) n. pl (s): A happy coincidental collection of ukuleles and women.

Take Mary’s kitchen table, Thursday evenings, a dozen ukuleles, 1 teapot, many cups, handmade pastry, wine and many more cups and you have the essence of this Brooklyn community uke mash up.

Hot on the heels of their success at WellyFest, AR is proud to present this fun group who ‘ukefy’ old favourites for their enjoyment and yours.

The concert will also feature a guest spot from Stephen  Riddell, this year’s winner of the JAPan Trophy for most improved performer.



Wellyfest is on!

It’s the big event in the Wellington folk scene in October and on the 4th Thursday when we’d normally be having an Acoustic Routes event, we’ll be packing our tents and instruments, and getting ready to head on out to Moore’s Valley for an actual live folk festival!

Hurry on over to the Wellyfest website for more details of location, programme and ticketing. See you there!

Meanwhile Acoustic Routes’ open mic events are on this month so if you want to get tuned and toned up for Wellyfest, or even if you just want to play or listen to a song or two, pop along and join in.

Open Mic, Plimmerton Boating Club, 66 Moana Road, Plimmerton, Thursday 8 October, 7pm

  • Contact Roy on 021 433-878 if you have queries or want to book a spot.

Newtown Open Mic upstairs at The Office, Sunday 11 October, 5:15-8pm

Acoustic Routes Variety Concert, Thursday 24 September

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 24 September

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

Bob McNeill

Bob McNeill began his musical career in his teens, gravitating at first to Celtic dance music playing bouzouki and open tuned guitars. After a series of albums, including three Best Folk Albums at the Tui Awards and a retrospective in 2010, he took an extended sabbatical from music.

In 2016, inspired by the classic songwriters and the New Folk wave from the 90s, he formed Project Feijoa with Emily Roughton and Rob Henderson, releasing an album of his songs in 2019. Around the same time, he ran into Cape Breton fiddler Gillian Boucher, and together they have featured at Whare Flat (2019), at festivals in Nova Scotia and Oregon, and toured New England. They recently recorded their first album Race for the Sun.

While in the US Bob began writing the songs that became Lost Stars, an album of love songs for places and people we might not see again for a while. Working alone in lockdown, he decided to release the album track by track, as the songs were finished, and make them free to download.

 First act: Parcel of Sage

The first act, Parcel of Sage, is a combination of two groups, Parcel and Sage Plus, formed especially for this concert. The line-up includes wonderful singer and multi-instrumentalist Marian Carter, one half of the dynamic Raven Mavens. She is joined by Barry Carter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, sound man extraordinaire, and writer. Together this husband-and-wife team sometimes play with the Valley Stompers. Susan Ellis, known for her fiddle playing with the Jimmy Cook Band, has also come into her own on cello and can even be heard occasionally frailing a banjo. Sue Rose is a very fine vocalist who was a member of the quartet Parryphonalia and performs with Philippa Boy in the lovely duo Simple Gifts. Sue has also recently started writing some rather good songs. Last, but not least is Murray Kilpatrick on vocals and guitar. Parcel of Sage is having fun preparing an eclectic program of songs including trad, jazz, blues and originals.

Riverslea Retreat Cancelled

Was to be held Friday 21-Sunday 23 August

We’re sad to say Riverslea Retreat is cancelled as it’s not possible to meet social distancing requirements under Level Two restrictions.

Looking forward to a rip-roaring Riverslea Retreat next year.