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!

Wellyfest AGM in the cloud, Sunday 29 March, 3.30pm

The Wellington Folk Festival AGM will be held on Sunday 29 March at 3.30 pm. 

We need a quorum of ten people to meet up on Skype. The existing and continuing committee makes up a large proportion of this number, but we’d love you to join us, after all, the more, the merrier. If you would like to join the Skype-based meeting, please email, copied to, with your Skype ID before 10am on Sunday 29 March. Sue will give you a “wave” on Skype and email you the papers we would normally table.

Many of the current committee have indicated that they are willing to continue but we are definitely looking for someone to take over as secretary so that Dave can enjoy his new campervan.

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.