Events This Month

Sunday 7 September, open mic

Thunderbird Cafe, Featherston Street, 2-4pm 

Thursday 18 September, Acoustic Routes monthly concert

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale, 7.30pm

Coming Events

Sunday 5 October, open mic

Thunderbird Cafe, Featherston Street, 2-4pm 

Thursday 18 October, Acoustic Routes monthly concert

Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale, 7.30pm

Friday 24 - Sunday 27 October, Wellington Folk festival

Brookfields Scout Camp, Wainuiomata

Acoustic Routes September concert PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 18 September, 7.30pm

Hang on to your hats, folks, it's a biggie! Three acts all featuring long-standing club members and terrific musicians - it will be a night to remember.

Parryphonalia is a 4-piece folk group, all accomplished musicians who have performed in the Wellington region, nationally and further afield. When they get together, something magic happens. They bring tight vocal harmonies and a collection of new and old instruments to traditional and modern folk songs. Parryphonalia will showcase a harmonious mix of new and familiar songs.

Parryphonalia is Nigel Parry, Philippa Boy, Susan Rose and Niels Gedge - all well-known to audiences in Wellington and further afield.

The Hex Crystals are Ann McChesney, Mary Hubble and Sue Hirst. In a Hex concert you may hear hurtin' country, pure trad folk, schlock from the 50s, 60s and 70s, songs by brilliant NZ songwriters and all manner of other things.  The focus is on vocals and particularly harmony, instruments taking a definite step sideways out of the spotlight though the trusty guitar, occasional ukulele, keyboards and flute may be encountered.  Ah, and castanets!!

Starting off the evening will be the well-known Upper Hutt duo Susan and John Sutherland. Sue’s haunting vocals are beautifully backed by John’s masterful guitar playing. Special people, special music.

September 2014 Balladeer PDF Print E-mail
The September 2014 Balladeer can be downloaded from the PDF below.
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Joining Us PDF Print E-mail

The new membership year starts as of July. A single membership costs only $25, with a discount of $10 for students and beneficiaries. Family memberships are available for $40.

Club members (cardholders) continue to get discounted rates on door-charges to concerts and most events. Alistair's Music in Cuba St. also offers members a 10% discount on strings and tuners.

You must have your membership paid up by the August AGM to be able to formally participate and nomimate and vote for the election of the Committee.

To join our club, download the form below and follow the instructions for payment.

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Who we are PDF Print E-mail

Acoustic Routes, also known as the Wellington Folk Centre, is a club based in Wellington for people who enjoy performing and listening to a wide range of music with the emphasis on acoustic styles.

We have regular concerts that feature a wide range of New Zealand and  overseas performers.

We also host monthly singarounds, blackboard concerts and other club events, which provide a additional opportunities for members to perform.

For more information, see our constitution below.

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Joan Prior Award 2014 PDF Print E-mail
ACOUSTIC ROUTES, the Wellington folk club, has set up the
JOAN PRIOR AWARD for Young Performers (age 15-25)

JOAN PRIOR was an inspiration to generations of singers, musicians and dancers around Wellington from the late 1950s.  After she died in 2010 her family donated her collection of instruments, recordings and memorabilia to Acoustic Routes, and this enabled us to set up the award in her name.

We are hoping to encourage younger performers into the ‘Folk World’, where the lines between performer and audience are very blurred, where support and collaboration count. Don’t be put off by the F-word - there are many definitions of folk music, but look at the programmes of the Festivals and Clubs, they are very wide-ranging. The judges will be asked to "make their decisions bearing in mind the suitability of performances for a folk festival".

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