Category Archives: Concerts

May Concert

Thursday 26 May, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Entry: $20/$15 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities).

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.

Mike Harding

What better way to celebrate New Zealand folk music than with Mike Harding.

A musical storyteller at ease with his instrument, his audience and his mission to locate, archive, learn and perform the folk and popular songs of New Zealand’s past and present, from our colonial and folk roots to the Kiwi music of today.

Mike will present a solo performance of songs of home with humour and affection, spontaneity, and wonderful musical skill. Celebrate with him New Zealand, our people, and our stories.

English As, aka Deb Harding and Mary Hubble, will share some of the folk songs they have enjoyed over the years with a certain Englishness about them. Deb had the good fortune to grow up in the North of England – quite a different country to the South – and always sang with her sister. Since emigrating to Aotearoa over 30 years ago she has found many ‘sisters in song’ to join her in a song or two and is delighted that Mary has taken up the challenge.

March Concert

Thursday 24 March, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities).

Red Level Protocols

A venue gathering limit of 40 people will apply so please RSVP to Ruth Birnie to confirm your place

Everyone will need to be fully vaccinated, with a pass, or have a vaccine exemption. You will need to sign in at the door and keep your masks on indoors. 



hat happens when 2 grumpy old men – Jon Callwood and Pete Hancock – meet a young didgeridoo/ bagpipe player – Phillip Scott Cowan? Answer – UzBlokes. When they get together all that matters is ‘Let’s make music!’.

Jon Callwood, on guitar, banjitar and vocals, identifies his roots as being in traditional folk music in the North of England and New Zealand, but now enjoys genre-defying song writing and recording – humour, nostalgia, social comment, whatever comes along.

Phillip Scott Cowan (aka Bagpipe Boy) brings real diversity to the mix with Highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes, practice chanters, whistles, didjeribone, didjeridoo, electronic pipes, melodiphone, and vocals. As he says, ‘with only 9 notes you have to be pretty creative at times and be inspired by people saying you can’t do that on the pipes’!

Pete Hancock on bouzouki, guitar and vocals describes himself as ‘another product of the 60’s North of England folk revival’. Since then, he has played in various bands and line-ups in New Zealand and for him, creating new music with UzBlokes ‘has brought the passion to life again’.

Dusty Burnell

Multi-instrumentalist Dusty Burnell has been playing stages throughout New Zealand and Australia for the past 5 years. He has played in as many line ups as he has strings on his instruments. His diverse background ranges from Cajun to Indie Rock but always layered with a heavy dose of Blues and Americana. Audiences will take a trip through the American Song book touching on High Lonesome ballads, Jazz standards, Old Time, trad Folk and country songs that hurt so much you’ll empty the bottle.

Mary Livingston and Sue Chamberlain

After a bit of diversion into other creative pursuits, Mary is excited to be back into her song writing, guitar playing and learning new repertoire with Sue (although she still has a preference for anything haunting or harrowing). Sue loves singing many types of music – jazz, country, show tunes, world music and the wide umbrella that is folk. Mary and Sue have sung together sporadically in the past, but in 2022 they have started seriously sharing their musical experiences to develop an eclectic repertoire which they are keen to share.

February Concert

Thursday 24 February, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. Cash only (no eftpos facilities).

Red Level Protocols

A venue gathering limit of 40 people will apply so please RSVP to Ruth Birnie to confirm your place

Everyone will need to be fully vaccinated, with a pass, or have a vaccine exemption. You will need to sign in at the door and keep your masks on indoors. 


Julie Bevan

 ‘Kaleidoscope’ is the latest album by NZ composer/musician Julie Bevan. This is eclectic album draws on her diverse musical influences and styles, including flamenco, jazz, kiwi and Brazilian music (the cd was recorded in Brazil and Wellington).

She is joined by friends who recorded with her in Wellington – Nick van Dijk on keys, melodica and brass, and Aaron Stewart on acoustic bass.

Nick plays diverse musical styles but is best known in jazz. A composer, musician and teacher, he has performed with Black Seeds, Rhombus, Olivia Newton John, and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra, as well as contributing to many albums.

Aaron Stewart is the long-time bass player of alt-country artist Mel Parsons and with T-Bone Trio, a mathematically challenged quartet performing bluegrass and country classics. He has performed in a variety of international and local festivals and contributed to many albums.

‘Kaleidoscope’ can be bought directly from Julie


We are delighted that Kaboodle has arisen from their hibernation. These Wellington treasures are Diana Bastion singing mainly old traditional songs with Julian Ward on open tuned guitar, and concertina.


Triskele is a group of three multi-instrumentalists Emily Griffiths, Bob McNeill and Ceara McAuliffe Bickerton who deliver an animated and soulful Celtic musical experience. Founded in 2021, three of New Zealand’s top and up-and-coming traditional musicians saw an opportunity to create a new sound using original songs and music woven together with traditional tunes to create an exhilarating sound.

November Concert

Thursday 25 November, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

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


Karen Munro

Karen has been writing songs for most of her life. Having spent some years in the UK fronting and playing lead guitar for various rock bands, recording, gigging and touring, she returned to her singer-songwriter roots after arriving home in Aotearoa thirteen years ago.

‘Across the Blue’ draws from her life history, with some old songs and some new ones. They are an eclectic mix of protest songs, social commentary, and songs about personal experiences, and reflect diverse influences including blues (with a pinch of jazz), bluegrass, and echoes of trad folk. There is even a dub track (a delightful accident in the rehashing of one of her own old songs). 

Karen will be joined variously by Cindy Muggeridge on keyboard, Chris Moses on lead guitar, Jo Sheffield and Jude Madill on mandolin, fiddle and backing vocals

Wandering Thyme

Wandering Thyme is a folk/Americana family trio from Eugene, Oregon, now living in Wellington.  Bob, Rene, and Cara perform original songs and covers featuring fiddle, banjo ukelele, guitar and vocals. Described recently as “like getting a warm family hug”, the catchy tunes and harmonies will have you tapping and humming along.


Thwarted by Covid for our September concert, we are delighted that Ratproof have agreed to perform for us this month. They are a group of twenty-somethings who grew up surrounded by folk music, started jamming at Wellyfest, and have been playing together ever since. They play acoustic folk/Americana, influenced by the likes of Gillian Welch and the Be Good Tanyas, experimenting with harmonies and fiddle, flute and banjo instrumentals.

Note: This will proceed at Level 2. 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 by contacting contact Ruth Birnie 027 451 5486,

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 have covers which will be changed between acts. We will also have hand sanitizer available for everyone attending.

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

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.

AR monthly concert: a ‘Marinated Evening’ hosted by the inimitable Robin Brew, 26 August

Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge Street, Tawa, 26 August, 7:30 pm

Admission: $5 for performers and members, $10 for others. Cash only (no eftpos facilities).

This idea has been quietly “marinating” (sorry, couldn’t avoid that) since February 2020… just before the world slipped into a new, dystopian reality.

Please join us, preferably with some kind of musical or other offering linked to ‘The Seas and Waters of Our World’. The choice is yours – vocal and/or instrumental; traditional or contemporary, original or cover; solo, duet, or a group effort. It’s best to prepare two or three pieces, in case your first choice is performed before you get your chance.

Expect a good selection of hearty, chorus songs for us all to bellow (gently!) along to. However, the aim is to be inclusive, and you are encouraged to participate. If leading music is not really your ‘bag’, please consider some spoken-word options – a moving or hilarious passage from a novel that ‘got to you’ recently, a John Masefield poem, Keri Hulme seascape, …

The venue (last used for our successful St Patrick’s Day event) has a large comfortable lounge and the evening will be ‘in the round’, without
microphones, a stage, or any pressure to perform.

Any queries or concerns please email Robin

Hope to see…hear you on the 26th! D’aaarrrghhh!!!