Category Archives: Concerts

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!)

The Polly Johnson Set at Acoustic Routes, Thursday 26 September

The Polly Johnson Set 

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 26 September, 7.30 pm

Hi, we’re The Polly Johnson Set! We’re a five-piece acoustic band from Wellington who have been performing live together for the past five years. We each write original songs which then get the full-band treatment, transforming from rough edged bundles of potential into fully polished musical gems.

Musically speaking, you might be hard pressed to describe us. We struggle ourselves! Five different voices in the band mean that we’re pretty diverse, lyrically and musically, but we firmly believe that’s the source of the magic that we seem to create whenever we play together. With guitar, bass, ukulele, cello, banjo, mandolin and even a real fancy shaker in the mix we traverse a range of styles, managing to use each to convey true emotion and excitement. And oh man it is fun.

Ably supported by a raft of support acts:

Toil and Trouble are a fine trio of seasoned performers. Mary Hubble brings wonderful flute/whistle playing and lovely vocal harmonies. Jude Douglas is a superb fiddle player who always finds the perfect harmonies to enhance every song. Ron Craig combines a warm, expressive, voice with beautiful guitar. Expect a wide variety of songs, lovely harmonies and gorgeous instrumentals.

Annette Esquinet is a singer-songwriter whose songs have a gentle ‘Indie-Folk’ sound, containing thoughtful observations about life on earth, with an enchanting and slightly mystical twist. Originally from the UK, she is now based on the Kapiti Coast.  Find out more here.

Hunter Giltrap – the 2016 Winner of the Acoustic Routes Joan Prior Award for Young Performers – is a young musician who has grown up in the folk community. He has a love for storytelling through song, and enjoys doing so through fiddle, guitar and vocals.

Ticket Price:  $15 ($10 members) – cash only, no eftpos facilities. Supper provided.

Steampunk Minstrels at Acoustic Routes, Thursday 22 August

Steampunk Minstrels

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 22 August, 7.30 pm

Steampunk Minstrels is a band with its beginnings in sunny South Africa where MairiAnne met Marius and they combined forces as two 12-string guitar players who loved the textural possibilities of a 24-string onslaught.

Now in Wellington, the two have occasionally wowed the Newtown Open Mic nights with their unique blend of Celtic and African folk music with a hint of jazz and rock. Don’t miss this distinctive and exciting concert.

The first half will be an open mic, so come along prepared if you have something you’d like to perform!

Ticket Price:  $15 ($10 members) – cash only, no eftpos facilities. Supper provided.