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The Balladeer June 2020

Monthly newsletter of Acoustic Routes, Wellington's folk music club

The full version of this newsletter can be found here

In this issue:

1.  Acoustic Routes Variety Concert

Thursday 25 June, Roseneath School, 7.30pm

Featuring Bruce Carey, Jo Sheffield, Toil and Trouble, Cam and Juli

2.  Jam Sessions at The Office, Sunday 5 July, 4-8pm

1st Sunday of the month, Riddiford Street, Newtown

3.  Open Mic, Plimmerton Boating Club, Thursday 9 July, 7pm

Good music, good food, good company

4.  Open Mic, Newtown Acoustic Sound, Upstairs at the Office Bar, Sundays, 5.30pm-8pm

5.  Balladeer music noticeboard - Polypropos

6.  Want to perform?

7.  About Acoustic Routes

8.  Acoustic Routes contacts

9.  Other regular folk events/contacts in the region

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Acoustic Routes Variety Concert, Roseneath School Hall, Thursday 25 June, 7.30pm 

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.

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 - tries to play uke and enjoys singing.

Plus our guest -Annette Esquenet who is a beautiful songwriter, singer, guitar, piano and golden bowl player!

Thursday 9 July, 7pm
Open Mic, Plimmerton Boating Club, 66 Moana Rd, Plimmerton

A highly popular monthly event in a lovely venue. Low cost drinks and food, and a sound system.

Contact: Roy on 021 433 878.

Sundays, 5.30pm-8pm

Open Mic, Newtown Acoustic Sound, Upstairs at the Office Bar

Open mic hosted by Acoustic Routes and Newtown Acoustic Sound. It's the friendly little performance space, upstairs at The Office Bar in Riddiford Street. Bring two songs to sing, or a poem or two, some tunes or a story.

Newtown Acoustic Sound has been going since 2015. They aim to support musicians of all levels to play to a listening audience. We love original songwriters and give them an opportunity to craft their songs. We enjoy covers and are likely to sing along if we can. The Office is a great little venue, you can be 100 % acoustic but there is a small sound system as well. Come and join us - world famous in Newtown.

Sunday 28 June

Sunday 12 July

Sunday 26 July

    There is always something happening in Newtown on Sunday nights!


    Contact:, or

    Balladeer music noticeboard

    Where you can advertise your music-related items—lessons, instruments, gigs, band members wanted, etc.


    Album out now. Wellingtonians Rennie Pearson and Oscar West have been making music together as a duo for the last 10 years.

    They weave flute, fiddle, whistles, guitar, small pipes and vocals together in many ingenious ways, using traditional celtic melodies.

    The word polytropos means of many twists and turns, which describes the music of Rennie and Oscar perfectly. Always approaching the old tunes in new and exciting ways, while maintaining the integrity of the traditions from which they're drawn.

    The Duo's first album, 'Polytropos' has just been released and is available on bandcamp at Or via their website

    Photo credit: Photo is by Warren Watson

    Want to review for the Balladeer?

    We have a handful of willing writers who regularly get shoulder tapped to review AR concerts and we are very grateful to them. The AR committee offers a free concert ticket to anyone who reviews a concert for the Balladeer. It is great to hear a range of voices and opinions, so if you are interested please contact Chris at

    Want to perform?

    AR Committee would like to hear from you if you are interested in performing at our events, including support acts for our monthly concerts. Contact us

    About Acoustic Routes

      Acoustic Routes (Wellington Folk Centre Incorporated) is a club for people who enjoy playing and listening to folk and acoustic styles of music.

      The fourth Thursday of the month generally features a concert, usually with a visiting artist and support acts from amongst our membership. Check the website or the Balladeer for updates about the venue.

      Members get priority access to performance opportunities and can have input into the club's activities. To join, email or check the website for membership forms

      Acoustic Routes publishes this newsletter (The Balladeer) at the start of every month, and also an acoustic gig guide for the Wellington region (Acoustic Routes update). You can subscribe online, or contact

      Acoustic Routes contacts

      President: Murray Kilpatrick

      Correspondence: Kevin Ikin

      Treasurer/Membership: Chris

      Balladeer: Christine Riordan

      Acoustic Routes update email: Murray

      Performance opportunities:

      Postal address: PO Box 27-191 Marion Square, Wellington, New Zealand


      Other regular folk events/contacts in the region

      If you are interested, please contact each event to check if they are back on line after lockdown.

      Trad Singing Session with Dave Barnes hosting

      When: 1st Monday of the month, 6.30pm

      Where Upstairs at the Sprig and Fern, Thorndon. This session celebrates unaccompanied singing in traditional style. Fine beer and food to be had at the bar.

      Contact: Dave Barnes

      Ceol Alba Scottish Music Club

      When: 4th Friday of the month, 7.30 - 9.30pm. A club for playing and/or listening to (mostly) traditional Scottish music. Sheet music supplied or downloadable.

      Where: Lower Hutt.

      Cost: $5 per night

      Contact: Lynne Scott, 04 565 0164

      International Folkdancing

      When: Every Wednesday from February to December, 7.30 to 9.15pm

      Where: Tarrant Dance Studios, 125 Cuba St, Wellington

      Contact: Cashy Yates (04) 569 1618

      Kapiti Live Music Club

      When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, an acoustic social evening for listening and/or singing and playing, from 7:30pm.

      Where: Paul and Kimbra's; 3 Jade Lane, Paraparaumu. Off the east end Mazengarb Road as it changes name and turns toward Kapiti Road.

      Contact: an

      Kelburn Pub Live Music

      When: Live music every Sunday 3-5 pm.

      Sunday Roots on the first Sunday of each Month, 4-7pm. Hosted by Pip Payne and featuring a different guest artist each month. Details: 'Sunday roots' on Facebook. Contact the Pub if you are interested in performing.

      Levin Folk Music Club

      When: 2nd Friday of month, 7.30 pm, blackboard concert plus guest artist.

      Entry: Members $5, Non-Members $10, Children $3 (includes supper)

      Club Night: 4th Friday of month, 7.30 pm $2 Koha

      Where: Horowhenua Scottish Society Hall, cnr Bartholomew Rd and Middlesex St.

      Bookings: Bookings: Dale Webb


      Mainly Acoustic Music Club

      When: (Mostly) every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm

      Where: Mayfair Cafe, 116 Main Street, Upper Hutt

      Contact: Mary Khalil 021 02314505 Club committee email:


      Morris dancing

      Dave Barnes

      Music and Poetry at the Metro

      When: Second Sunday of the month, 3pm to 5pm

      Where: Metropolitan Restaurant and Bar, Lydney Place, Porirua

      Cost: Free

      Contact: Phil McConnell:

      Phone 237 9902 or 027 786

      Paekakariki Open Mic

      Singers, songwriters, poets and musicians welcome. A good sound system and stage. Check in at the door if you'd like to perform, or just come and listen!

      When: Last Friday of the month, 7.30pm.

      Where: St Peter's Hall, Beach Rd, Paekakariki.

      Cost: Entry by Koha to cover hall and sound system costs.

      Contact: or 021 0231 9547

      Pukerua Bay Folk Club

      When: 1st Thursday of the month, 8pm

      Where: 9 Donlin Rd, Pukerua Bay

      Contact: Murray or Julie Kilpatrick, (04) 239 9951,

      Wellington Bluegrass Society

      When: 3rd Friday of the month, 8pm

      Where: 54 Richmond Street, Petone

      Contact: Andrew Bicknell, (04) 477 0069,


      Wellington Scottish Fiddle Club

      When: Varies, but mostly monthly around the first Sunday

      Where: Depends on who is hosting it this time! A club for learning tunes in the traditional "by ear" style, it welcomes fiddlers of all levels.

      Cost: Mostly free

      Contact: Iain Matcham 04 568 8635, email

      Acoustic Routes

      PO Box 27-191 Marion Square, Wellington
      New Zealand

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