Category Archives: Concerts

Upcoming Acoustic Routes events cancelled

In line with the lock down requirements, making music will need to be solo or inside your ‘bubble’ this month. The following Acoustic Routes events HAVE BEEN CANCELLED:

Newtown Acoustic Sound Open Mic – Sunday, March 29, at The Office.

Pukerua Bay Folk Club – Thursday, April 2, at Murray and Julie Kilpatrick’s.

Billy’s Jam – Sunday April 5, at The Office.

Plimmerton Open Mic – Thursday, April 9, at Plimmerton Boat Club.

Second Sunday Open Mic hosted by Acoustic Routes at The Office. Already cancelled for April due to it falling on Easter weekend.

Acoustic Routes monthly concert – Thursday April 23, at Roseneath School Hall.

A great chance to practice up some new material, or dust off the tried and true, and get ready for the next time we can get together and raise the roof!

Upcoming folk events cancelled

As a result of restrictions announced to slow the spread of CV-19, the following events have been cancelled:

  • Hamsterfest, Waikato, Easter 2020
  • Canterbury Folk Festival, Canterbury, Easter 2020 – rescheduled to November 13-16
  • Ceol Aneas, Nelson, Queen’s Birthday weekend 2020.

Keep an eye on the website or like our Facebook page to find out about Acoustic Routes events. 

A Song for Ireland singaround Sunday 15 March

Irish SingaroundSunday, March 15, 5.30-8pm, upstairs at The Office bar in Riddiford Street, Newtown.
Begin your Saint Patrick’s Day/Week festivities with this Acoustic Routes singaround. Bring an Irish song, a tune or two, story or poem to share, and enjoy a wee bit of the craic with Acoustic Routes. No door charge; food and drink available at the bar.

Shamrocks are okay but no leprechauns please!

Billy’s Acoustic Jam, Sunday 1 March

Photo by Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash

BILLY’S ACOUSTIC  JAMSunday, March 1st, 4-8pm, upstairs at The Office bar in Riddiford Street, Newtown.
This is a new Acoustic Routes event, initiated and hosted by local guitarist and singer-songwriter Billy Lyrical, who is keen to provide more opportunities for people to meet up and jam. He will provide the chords and the inspiration to get you going, so, he invites you to bring itchy fingers, twitching antennae and acoustic instruments for harmonic, melodic,  improvisating, shredding, jazzifications.

Come along and start the new month with a new activity!

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.