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The Downunderdogs at Acoustic Routes, Thursday 27 February

The Downunderdogs 

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 27 February, 7.30 pm

The Downunderdogs are Jack MacKenzie, Peter Dyer and Cathy Dyer. This three-part vocal/instrumental blend features first-class flatpicking, stellar songwriting, heavenly harmonies, and lots of laughs.

Like their music, Jack, Peter and Cathy are American born and bred. They enjoy discovering, digging into and arranging “Americana” country, bluegrass, old-time, and swing music. This includes originals by Jack and Peter.

Jack’s flat-picking is inspired by Doc Watson. He has picked with Doc and a host of other stars at McCabe’s Music—the legendary venue Jack managed and performed at in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1980. He is now building his own Simian Ridge guitars.

Peter plays rhythm guitar and loves singing and yodelling Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Two of his best known compositions are “Go Ahead and Cry” and “The Immigrants’ Song.”

After years of listening to Peter and Jack play, Cathy finally added the big double bass and chimed in for three-part harmonies. The Downunderdogs have been featured at Wellington Folk Festival, Wellington Bluegrass Society, and Auckland Bluegrass Society, and come to us fresh from this year’s Kiwigrass Festival.

Karen Munro

The Downunderdogs will be supported by one of our new Committee members, Karen Munro. Writing songs since a teenager, Karen has been playing round the folk scene in Wellington for a few years. Her songs touch on various genres, from blues to jazz, from trad to country.

Before coming home to Aotearoa, Karen led a wayward youth playing in and sometimes fronting various bands in the UK with a mostly punk, grunge, metal flavour.

A multi instrumentalist, she plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle and accompanies herself on the guitar and occasionally the mandolin. Look out for her first solo album, due to be launched later this year.

Ticket Price:  $20 ($15 members) – cash only, no eftpos facilities. Supper provided.

Andy Irvine in concert, Meow cafe, Saturday 1 February, 7.30pm

Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers.  Hailed as “a tradition in himself”, the musician, singer and songwriter has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career. 
 
From Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, Andy’s duo with Paul Brady in the later 70’s and then from Patrick Street to Mozaik, LAPD and Usher’s Island, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians. 

As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. To quote the Irish Times, “Often copied, never equalled”, his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes and a compelling canon of his own self-penned songs.

Get tickets here at Eventfinda for the concert at Meow. 

Find out more about Andy’s prolific musical career and his NZ tour.

 

 

Future directions – have your say

Upstairs at “The Office” Bar in Newtown, Sunday 17 November, 3-5 pm

You’re invited to an opportunity to have your say about the Club’s future direction and operation before the Committee comes up with some specific proposals for changing what we do and how we do it. The discussion will cover all aspects of the Club’s operation and our aim is to revitalise Acoustic Routes and reverse declining membership and attendance at concerts. If you aren’t able to come on Sunday and would like to send us your thoughts you can email them to president@acousticroutes.org.nz or secretary@acousticroutes.org.nz

Parodies and P*ss-takes

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 28 November, 7.30 pm

This will be a singaround night rather than a concert, and it’s all about participation. So, if you feel like having a go at something or someone that’s getting up your nose, find a well-known song or tune and write a new set of words to give us a laugh. It doesn’t have to be a song, you can satirise or lampoon a poem or a piece of prose, too.

Supper (hot drinks and bikkies) provided, and there will be spoofy prizes as well

Ticket Price:  $5 for all.

VicFolk Ceilidh Dance, Saturday 2 November

Vicfolk’s last ceilidh dance of the year!

Spring is sprung, and the end of uni is in sight! To celebrate, Vicfolk is hosting our last ceilidh dance of the year. Fresh off the back of two ceilidhs at the Wellington Folk Festival, our band and callers will be well-primed to bring you hours of fun! We can promise the usual blend of lively music, easy dancing, and friendly people, served with a side of hilarity.

Where: St Andrew’s Centre Hall, 30 The Terrace

When: Saturday 2nd November, 7:30pm

More details https://www.facebook.com/events/475766546605018/

Discounted tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/vicfolk-end-of-year-ceilidh-tickets-74647154649
Door sales (cash only): $15 adults/$10 unwaged

Getting there:
St Andrew’s is at 30 The Terrace. The hall is behind the church.

BUS: Stops 4911/5911 are right outside, serviced by the 22. Otherwise Lambton Quay and its myriad of buses are a short stroll away via Mason’s Lane.
TRAIN: ten minutes walk to Wellington Station.
PARKING: There is no parking at the hall. There is a Wilson carpark on Bolton St, and on-street parking on Bowen St (be careful, it’s a busy road!)