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Sadly, with Wellington and the rest of the country remaining in Level 4 lockdown until at least midnight Friday, Acoustic Routes has had to abandon ship on its ‘marinated concert’ at Tawa Community Centre this Thursday, August 26.

We will be looking for an opportunity to set sail with our evening of songs, stories and music inspired by ‘The Seas and Waters of Our World’ at a later date.

In the meantime, please stay safe.

– The Acoustic Routes Crew.

Event cancelled: Acoustic Routes Monthly Concert: Julie Bevan and Friends, ‘Kaleidoscope’, with Otherwise Brilliant and Liz & Tim, 24 June, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Event cancelled due to COVID situation, 23/06/2021.

‘Kaleidoscope’ is the latest album by NZ composer/musician Julie Bevan, who has a long-standing connection with Brazil. This eclectic album draws on her diverse musical influences and styles, including flamenco, jazz, kiwi and Brazilian music.

Kaleidoscope was recorded partly in Brazil and partly here in Wellington. For this performance 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

Liz Merton and Tim Barrie

Liz and Tim are somewhat reclusive treasures in the Wellington folk and acoustic music scene. They specialise in playing Maqam – the music system used since the time of the Babylonians – on violin and oud. But then they might play guitar, ukulele, clarinet or even banjo. And the music might be medieval, swing or early jazz, Tinpan Alley, Celtic tunes, New Zealand songs, rock, blues, or original tunes and songs. Whatever they choose, this will be a musical delight from two fabulous musicians.

Otherwise Brilliant

Jonathan and Emily are concentrated essence of VicFolk, an exemplary model of the transmission of musical traditions from one generation to another. They are both gifted performers, tunesmiths, and teachers, and what they achieve together is more than the sum of the parts. They have a demonstrated willingness to muck in and are seriously committed to making sure that everyone has a good time.


All-in-all, this promises to be a superb concert showcasing music from across the ages and around the world.

Entry: $15 for AR Members and all performers and $20 for others. Cash only (no eftpos facilities).


Murray’s Muses October 2017

Hi to all you folkies out there. We are heading towards summer, although it’s sometimes hard to believe.

Acoustic Routes is not presenting a concert during October because Wellyfest is being held right in the middle, at the Brookfield Scout Camp, Moores Valley Road, Wainuiomata, from the evening of Friday the 20th until late Sunday the 22nd (Labour Weekend).

Acoustic Routes and performers associated with Acoustic Routes will be prominent performing throughout the weekend. These include:

  • Helen Dorothy, an amazing local singer, songwriter, launching her new CD, accompanied by Lott and Paul
  • Reverie, Tony and Victoria singing wonderful harmonies
  • The T Bone Trio Richard, Dusty and Gerry playing wonderful music that is bound to get you dancing
  • Vikki Clayton and Gilly Darby, two very experienced Pro performers formerly from the UK folk scene
  • K Too, our own Kevins (McLoughlin and Ikin) launching their wonderful new CD of West Coast NZ songs
  • Chilli Jam playing for the Saturday night ceilidh
  • Acoustic Routes will be represented at the Balladeer concert from 12.15 pm until 1. 00 pm by Toil And Trouble, (Ron Craig, Mary Hubble and Jude Douglas). Lovely harmonies and instrumental accompaniment
  • Julian and Diana. Julian Ward and Diana Bastion featuring gorgeous guitar accompanying very lovely mainly trad singing. Very beautiful.
  • Dominic Rowsell . A young up-and-coming performer, who is a multi, multi instrumentalist.

Come along for the whole weekend and camp, or just visit for the day. Details are available on the web. Always a superb festival, which as always has a number of outstanding national and international world class guests.

October 2017 gigs in Wellington

October gigs Wellington region 

Acoustic Routes is not hosting any concerts this month as we’re gearing up for Wellyfest, where you’ll be able to see plenty of Acoustic Routes members  and friends at the Balladeer Tent concert – Toil and Trouble, Dominic Rowsell and Julian and Diana. Also Kevin McLoughlin and Kevin Ikin (Ktoo) will be presenting a concert of their own, as will Helen Dorothy, Lott and Paul just to mention a few! Find out more on the Wellyfest website.

Before then there’s plenty coming up in Wellington mid-October, with the Monthly Blackboard Concert, Plimmerton Boating Club, Thursday 12 October, 7 pm hosted by Roy McGuinness. To find out more, contact Roy on (021) 433-878. Then there’s The Helen Dorothy Project on at Wellington Bluegrass Society on Friday 13 October, and you might be in time to get tickets for the Vishtèn concert, Wellington Museum, Saturday 14 October, 8:00 pm.