Concerts, Society Nights and Workshops

  • Saturday 10th August – Concert – Helen Dorothy with Neil Billington
  • Sunday 11th August – Old Time and Bluegrass Music Jam Sessions (free)
  • Sunday 11th August – Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
  • Friday 16th August – Society Night – Hihi and The Stitchbirds
  • Saturday 24th August – Concert – You, Me, Everybody
  • Sunday 8th September – Old Time and Bluegrass Music Jam Sessions (free)
  • Sunday 8th September – Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)

for further details on these future WBS events go to the   Coming Events page.

for past events for this year (to date) see   2024 Past Events page.

for details on all documented WBS events go to the    Past Events page.

Recent News:

Old time and bluegrass music jam sessions and banjo workshops
The free jam sessions are run on the second Sunday of each month, year-round, with the old-time jam session in the first half (2:00-3:30pm) and bluegrass jam session the second half (3:30-5:00pm. You can come for one. or the other, or both!

Also there are banjo workshops available on the same days from 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Please note that a prior booking is essential for these banjo workshops.

These Sunday jam sessions and workshops are held at the Petone Community House – 6 Britannia Street, Petone. All other events are held at 54 Richmond Street, Petone, a meeting room adjacent to the Petone Community Library.

WBS National Treasures
for the growing list of WBS National Treasures go to the    National Treasures page.

30th Anniversary of the WBS

The Society Night August 21st, 2020 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Wellington Bluegrass Society.

This picture (courtesy of Hans Weston Films) shows Andrew Bicknell, the Founder and President of the WBS, holding a celebratory cake.

The first three decades of the WBS have provided much varied musical entertainment.   For indication of the vast variety of music for the last decade go to the Past Events page


Queen’s Service Medal
The Founder and President of the Society is Andrew Bicknell.   Announced in the Queens Birthday Honours on Monday 3rd June 2019, Andrew was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for thirty years of services to music! The Medal was awarded at Government House on 17th September 2019. See the About WBS page for further detail.

Mr Andrew Paul Bicknell: For services to music

Mr Andrew Bicknell has run the Wellington Bluegrass Society since establishing it in 1990.

Over the last 29 years Mr Bicknell has established an internationally recognised venue and following for performers to showcase their music. He has organised at least two concerts every month featuring local, national and international performers. Whilst having bluegrass as a base, his stage has extended to a wide range of high calibre performers of music genres. He has coordinated all bookings and negotiations with artists and service providers alike, then for each show has handled all bookings and ticketing himself. All profits for every show have been given to the performers concerned, to recognise each with the maximum return possible. On top of this, he also writes and sends regular newsletters, creates the graphic design needs for every aspect of the Society, creates website content, organises workshops and music camps for the teaching of instruments and voice, has helped connect those who need tuition or instrument repairs, and has been a point of contact for those wanting information or assistance with the music. Mr Bicknell has encouraged many others to take up instruments, develop their voices, form bands and helped to give them the chance to perform.


(and for information on several past threats to the WBS venue go to the Threat to venue page)

and much more to come – keep an eye on this website for details for future events !!

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