On the road again

Folk mu­si­cians of­fer an eclec­tic mix for one-off city gig.


The Joseph Street Kitchen doesn’t yet have a rep as a per­for­mance venue, but things could be about to change.

That’s be­cause English folkies Other Roads have found their way there for a one-off gig next Wed­nes­day, May 11.

Re­turn­ing to New Zealand to launch their lat­est al­bum Long White Cloud, Gre­gor Bor­land, Pete Ab­bott and DaveWalmis­ley draw upon di­verse back­grounds in Scot­land, Eng­land and Africa to cre­ate an ex­cit­ing and orig­i­nal sound. Tal­ented mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ists, they in­cor­po­rate fid­dle, bouzouki, gui­tars, man­dolin and har­mon­ica with some fine har­mony singing.

Long White Cloud fea­tures Akaroa, a hit song in­spired by the group’s first visit to New Zealand, and an au­di­ence favourite on their last tour.

Hav­ing wowed au­di­ences at the Auck­land Folk Fes­ti­val and per­form­ing sold-out gigs last year, this will be their last visit to New Zealand for a while.

‘‘They per­for­man eclec­tic mix of older and orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions, rang­ing from soft bal­lads to foot­stomp­ing Celtic fid­dle tunes and cho­ruses,’’ ex­plains pro­moter Steve Tol­ley. ‘‘Their ex­pert-mu­si­cian­ship and in­fec­tious en­thu­si­asm, laced with hu­mour, are sure to en­ter­tain.’’

How­ever, the venue only seats 50, so tick­ets are lim­ited, and as BYO al­co­hol will only be al­lowed with food be­fore the show, it will be ad­vis­able for pa­trons to ar­rive well be­fore the 7.30pm per­for­mance.

The food ranges from full meals to snacks. Book­ings by email steve@ben­thorse­shoe.co.nz or by phon­ing 06 329 8808. Tick­ets are $20 which can be paid via in­ter­net bank­ing ac­count num­ber 12 3442 0023166 50.

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