Category Archives: Concerts

Wellyfest is on!

It’s the big event in the Wellington folk scene in October and on the 4th Thursday when we’d normally be having an Acoustic Routes event, we’ll be packing our tents and instruments, and getting ready to head on out to Moore’s Valley for an actual live folk festival!

Hurry on over to the Wellyfest website for more details of location, programme and ticketing. See you there!

Meanwhile Acoustic Routes’ open mic events are on this month so if you want to get tuned and toned up for Wellyfest, or even if you just want to play or listen to a song or two, pop along and join in.

Open Mic, Plimmerton Boating Club, 66 Moana Road, Plimmerton, Thursday 8 October, 7pm

  • Contact Roy on 021 433-878 if you have queries or want to book a spot.

Newtown Open Mic upstairs at The Office, Sunday 11 October, 5:15-8pm

Acoustic Routes Variety Concert, Thursday 24 September

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 24 September

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

Bob McNeill

Bob McNeill began his musical career in his teens, gravitating at first to Celtic dance music playing bouzouki and open tuned guitars. After a series of albums, including three Best Folk Albums at the Tui Awards and a retrospective in 2010, he took an extended sabbatical from music.

In 2016, inspired by the classic songwriters and the New Folk wave from the 90s, he formed Project Feijoa with Emily Roughton and Rob Henderson, releasing an album of his songs in 2019. Around the same time, he ran into Cape Breton fiddler Gillian Boucher, and together they have featured at Whare Flat (2019), at festivals in Nova Scotia and Oregon, and toured New England. They recently recorded their first album Race for the Sun.

While in the US Bob began writing the songs that became Lost Stars, an album of love songs for places and people we might not see again for a while. Working alone in lockdown, he decided to release the album track by track, as the songs were finished, and make them free to download.

 First act: Parcel of Sage

The first act, Parcel of Sage, is a combination of two groups, Parcel and Sage Plus, formed especially for this concert. The line-up includes wonderful singer and multi-instrumentalist Marian Carter, one half of the dynamic Raven Mavens. She is joined by Barry Carter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, sound man extraordinaire, and writer. Together this husband-and-wife team sometimes play with the Valley Stompers. Susan Ellis, known for her fiddle playing with the Jimmy Cook Band, has also come into her own on cello and can even be heard occasionally frailing a banjo. Sue Rose is a very fine vocalist who was a member of the quartet Parryphonalia and performs with Philippa Boy in the lovely duo Simple Gifts. Sue has also recently started writing some rather good songs. Last, but not least is Murray Kilpatrick on vocals and guitar. Parcel of Sage is having fun preparing an eclectic program of songs including trad, jazz, blues and originals.

Riverslea Retreat Cancelled

Was to be held Friday 21-Sunday 23 August

We’re sad to say Riverslea Retreat is cancelled as it’s not possible to meet social distancing requirements under Level Two restrictions.

Looking forward to a rip-roaring Riverslea Retreat next year.

Barry and the Crumpets, Thursday 23 July

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 23 July

Admission $10.00 members/$15.00 non members (cash only; no eftpos facilities).

Barry and the Crumpets are a foot-stomping, barn-romping country dance extravagance playing old-time classics, breakneck bluegrass and swampy blues. All played as toe-tapping fast and knee-slapping rowdy.

Barry and the Crumpets are Brendan Schenk – Vocals, Mandolin; Rachel Evans – Fiddle; Donald James – Vocals, Cajon; Simon Carryer – Vocals, Banjo, Cello Banjo.

First half

The Melling Station Boys, who are Todd Foster, Alastair McCarthy, Ian Smith and Andrew Bicknell,  will start the evening off for us. They’ll be followed by …


… Chris Prowse, who will perform tunes from his three albums – and perhaps a few others as well. For more info check out his website:


2020 Acoustic Routes AGM – still on at Level 2

3.00pm, Sunday 16 August

The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro.

We would love as many of you as possible to come to the AGM and tell us what you want from the club. Please come early, or at least on time(!!) so we can spend less time waiting for a quorum, and more time making music together afterwards.

Food available and singaround afterwards.

Acoustic Routes Variety Concert, Thursday 25 June

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road,  Thursday 25 June, 7.30 pm

This will be a real celebration of the return to live concerts in Level 1 after Covid-19 lockdown. Admission $10.00 members/$15.00 non members (cash only; no eftpos facilities).

Bruce Carey

Bruce enjoys writing songs about New Zealand people, places, and events – both recent and historical. Over the years, he has spent quite a bit of holiday time on the West Coast of the South Island and has written a number of songs about that region. His set will feature some of these songs.

Jo Sheffield

Jo originally came from Northumberland, England and although she has been in New Zealand for some years, recently moved to Upper Hutt from Levin. Jo performs as a solo artist, but is also a part of the EaGals, an all girl Eagles Tribute Band. She loves working on close vocal harmonies and plays guitar, mandolin and a bit of banjo. You can expect plenty of variety, from more contemporary acoustic covers to originals, Americana and more traditional folk.

Toil and Trouble

Toil and Trouble are a 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.


Juli Usmar and Cameron Te Moananui. Cam writes lots of songs, sings and plays guitar and Juli plays the uke and enjoys singing. Plus our guest – Annette Esquenet who is a beautiful songwriter, singer, guitar, piano and golden bowl player!