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Other Roads


Sat 7 Feb 2015, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Waipu Coronation Hall, 47 The Centre, Waipu, Bream Bay

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $16.00 ($15.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Family: $42.50 ($40.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Listed by: Anne-Marie Forsyth

An evening with one of the UK's top contemporary folk trios in concert. Other Roads draw upon their diverse backgrounds of Scotland, England and Africa to create an exciting and original sound. They perform an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original compositions ranging from soft lilting ballads to foot-stomping Celtic fiddle tunes and choruses.

Other Roads appeared in New Zealand very briefly last year, and stunned every audience with their songs and humour. Their performance at Auckland Folk Festival's invitational concert brought demands from the entire campsite that they should return as headline guests. As the word spread, concerts in Whangarei, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Wellington completely sold out.

The band was formed and grew out of the former John Wright Band, following John’s sudden death in 2008. They have since developed their own unique identity, combining many new self-penned and carefully chosen songs from other writers, from the most touching ballads to foot-stomping fiddle sets, and wonderful 3-part harmony singing. The concerts always have an emphasis on 'entertainment'… lots of humour coupled with high-class musicianship… always a winning formula.

Pete Abbott is a highly regarded and respected songwriter and guitarist, and an exceptional singer; Gregor Borland a championship-winning fiddle virtuoso who teaches at fiddle camps and workshops from America to New Zealand… and a great bass player too; Dave Walmisley plays guitar, bouzouki and mandolin, is also a songwriter, and his wonderful on-stage humour has made him a very popular member of the band since his introduction.

"Individually they are excellent… together they're just magic. It would be difficult to find a finer folk trio on the scene today…" Ali O'Brien, Saddleworth Folk Festival Director.