Category Archives: Concerts

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!!!

Acoustic Routes Monthly Concert – Kist with Janine Mitchell and Nigel Parry, Thursday 22 July

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington. 7.30pm, Thursday 22 July. 

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

Pat Higgins (vocal, guitar, flute), Rusty Tonz (cello and vocal), Jude Madill (vocal, fiddle, banjo and guitar), are a talented trio playing what is best described as chamber-folk music. They came together at Wellington Folk Festival when Pat heard the cello through the trees.

Playing intelligent, sensitively arranged songs from Irish to Americana, including some originals, The Kist creates soundscapes of rare beauty. Their unique blend of instrumentation and style crosses time, space and musical fences.

Nigel Parry

With his strong tenor voice and guitar, singer/songwriter Nigel Parry has the reputation of being a particularly engaging live performer. He weaves a unique musical journey from ancient to modern, heart-breaking to humorous.

Janine Mitchell

Janine has returned to her youthful passion for acoustic folk guitar and singing songs with a message. She composes her own originals in a 60’s/70’s folk style, as well as regenerating many of that era’s classics, from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens.

Janine loves the platform made available through song writing to speak / korero a message that is close to her heart, but mostly she just loves sharing music – food for the soul. She is thrilled to share her passion with the fantastic lead guitar and vocals of Jack Binding, alongside the support of beautiful mandolin from Kevin Ikin.

Acoustic Routes Concert Cancelled June 2021


Acoustic Routes is sorry to have to announce that it has had to cancel Thursday night’s concert featuring Julie Bevan and Friends, Liz Merton and Tim Barrie, and Otherwise Brilliant.

We have had advice that two of our performers are at a high risk with Covid and won’t be able to appear at the concert. This follows the announcement of a potential Covid outbreak in Wellington that has put the city on a Level 2 alert.

We apologise for any disruption and hopefully we will able to resume our regular programme next month.

In the meantime, stay safe, stay sanitised and remember to scan the QR code.

The Acoustic Routes Committee.

Acoustic Routes New Zealand Music Month Concert – Thursday 27 May

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington. 7.30pm, Thursday 27 May. 

Admission $5.00 members and all performers/$10.00 others (cash only; no eftpos facilities).

Balladeer May 2021 May is New Zealand music month so we are inviting performers to join us for a Kiwi concert. Songs can be traditional or contemporary, originals or covers, so long as
they have a New Zealand theme or connection.


If you would like to perform, please register your interest with Ruth Birnie by Sunday 23 May and let her know what your two items will be.

ruthlbirnie@gmail.comtxt 027 451 5486