Billy’s Acoustic Jam, Sunday 1 March

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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.



Saturday 14 December: Acoustic Routes Christmas Party

Acoustic Routes Christmas Party, Sue and Kim Rose’s home, 329a Paekakariki Hill Road Pauatahanui, Saturday 14 December, 3 pm

We warmly invite you, your family and any like-minded and/or musical friends to the Acoustic Routes Christmas Party.

Sue and Kim have once again very kindly offered to host this year’s party at their gorgeous rural retreat nestled in a little valley about 3 km from the Pauatahanui shops. (It’s about the same distance from Wellington as Plimmerton.)

What To Bring

Please bring a plate of food for supper, a bottle of what you like to drink, and of course instruments and songs. We ask that you give a Koha, which will be donated to the Atareira Family Support Trust in time for Christmas. Disposable plates, etc., will be provided but those of you who have picnic sets could bring them too, to help reduce the waste.

Please don’t bring dogs, no matter how musical!

Instructions for Getting There

Sue and Kim’s home is 3.29 kilometres from Pauatahanui village, heading north up the Paekakariki Hill Rd. At the end of a long straight you’ll find the golf club on the right. Turn left into the drive just past that, cross the bridge and take the left-hand fork to the house. There is a lot of bamboo on their roadside boundary. The nearest train stations are Paremata and Plimmerton if you are being picked up by a driver. Cell phone coverage is marginal but if you have any problems finding it, phone 2379029.