Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

Saturday 30 September – Concert – Wires & Wood

Sunday 8th October – Bluegrass Music jam session and banjo workshop 

see below for the details

and details to come on the following

Friday 13th October – Concert – The Helen Dorothy Project

Sunday 15th October – Concert – Mile Twelve Bluegrass Band (USA)

Saturday 28th October – Concert – Acoustic Confusion meets Unsung Heroes

Saturday 4th November – Concert – Richie and Rosie (USA)

Saturday 30th September – Concert – Wires & Wood

In 2003, to help relieve some of the winter blues, a few Auckland based musicians began having a bluegrass oriented jam session on Friday nights. The word got out and someone asked the group to perform at a charity event, from which the band was born. Since then we have performed at events and venues all over the country, including Auckland Folk Festival, Wellington Folk Festival, Whare Flat Music Festival in Dunedin, Canterbury Folk Festival, Wellington Bluegrass Society, Fight for Life, TV commercials, Music Mountain Matakana and local music clubs and events around the country. We are still refining the Wires & Wood sound and expanding our repertoire of what we call bluegrass music. Wires & Wood released their debut album Over The Moon in 2010. Over The Moon is the recipient of the RIANZ Tui Award for Best Folk Album 2010/11.

Dave Warren was introduced to bluegrass music around the age of six, when his father Tom Warren heard Duelling Banjos on the radio and decided that was the music for him! Dave had a guitar put in his hands by the time he was seven or so and well remembers the National Banjo pickers Conventions, Mike Seeger, Bill Clifton, HCBB, etc etc. Dave’s interest in bluegrass at a playing level was rekindled around 1998, then after he moved to Auckland in 2000, he met and played with many wonderful musicians and eventually became a part of the coalescence called Wires & Wood. Dave plays guitar and occasionally mandolin.

Bryan Christianson attended the 1970 National Banjo Pickers Convention at Claudelands, Hamilton and fell in love with the 5-string banjo. Bryan has been involved in the music ever since, playing in various bands with just about all the well-known names of the NZ bluegrass scene, including Peter Brocklehurst, Read Hudson, Graham Lovejoy, to name just a few. After a break of about ten years on and off, Bryan met up with Dave Warren and they began to pick a few tunes. At the Waharau Folk Festival in June 2003 they decided that having a band again might be fun.

Micheal Young became obsessed with the guitar at the age of 18, inspired by James Taylor, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, Chet Atkins and the Beatles. His father used to drag him along to bluegrass festivals in the hills of the Missouri Ozarks and he gained an appreciation for the instrumental skills of the local pickers. Whilst Micheal was never that moved by the old time bluegrass style, he was blown away by the contemporary rock/jazz/blues/bluegrass fusion music coming from groups including New Grass Revival, The Tony Rice Unit and The David Grisman Quartet. This simmered for years until moving to Auckland where he finally met a few other musicians who were both capable and willing to play in those styles. He has even started to gain an appreciation for the old time traditional bluegrass that the other band members love. They started jamming just for the joy of it, ended up doing a few gigs, and Wires & Wood was born. Micheal provides mandolin and lead vocals for Wires & Wood.

Garry Trotman plays bass in Wires & Wood and is the newest member of the band. He has always been partial to trad country music, blues, folk and sub-genres, such as bluegrass, Cajun and western swing. Garry was previously in bluegrass groups The Terraplanes and Southern Cross with Bryan, and also played in a South Australian bluegrass band called Highly Strung.


Photo credit: Neil Finlay

Concert – Wires & Wood
Saturday 30th September 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$25/$20 members or children – tea and coffee included

Bookings accepted before the day – by email to bluegrass(at)paradise.net.nz or phone (04)477-0069
Doors open at 7:20pm for those who have booked

Otherwise door sales on the day from 7:50pm

Note  there will also be a seating allocation system for those wanting specific seats allocated prior to this concert.  Allocated seats should be requested well prior to the concert.  Click on following picture for further information on this option.
allocated seating (600 wide) (175x97)

Second Sunday each month – Jam Session – Old Time Music or Bluegrass

160410 Bluegrass jam session
170308 Old-time jam session
This is a new venture for the WBS, having come together after years in the making. Over the years the WBS has organised Old-time banjo camps, then Old-time music camps and many Old-time instrument and workshops as well as various Bluegrass sessions. There has been a calling for an Old-time and Bluegrass jam sessions

I hope you all will embrace this opportunity so the jam sessions can flourish.

Old-time Music and Bluegrass jam sessions
second Sunday of the  month
Petone Community House
6 Britannia Street, Petone
2:00 – 4:00pm
Free entry all welcome

Sunday 8th October – Bluegrass Music jam session and banjo workshop  

A new venture! in conjunction with the jam session:
banjo workshop, for absolute beginners!

In response to requests from some of you, there will be a clawhammer banjo workshop, for absolute beginners. Running in parallel to the jam session, at the same venue, this will cater for anyone who has either just picked up a banjo, through to getting you up to jamming with others.

banjo workshop for absolute beginners
Sunday 8th October, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Petone Community House
6 Britannia Street, Petone
$20-00 per person

Please email bluegrass(at)paradise.net.nz asap to register your interest in this workshop

“Even” months will be bluegrass jam sessions
“Odd” months will be old-time music jam sessions

Wellington Bluegrass Society, Petone New Zealand for good fun and fine music !

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