Upcoming Events

  • Saturday 8th June – Concert – Andrew London Trio
  • Sunday 9th June – Bluegrass Music jam session (free)
  • Sunday 9th June – Bluegrass banjo workshop ($30 – bookings essential)
  • Saturday 15th June – Concert – Katie Martucci, Jessica Hindin, Mark Mazengarb
  • Friday 21st June – Society Night – The Alicetown Three
  • Sunday 14th July – Old Time Music jam session (free)
  • Sunday 14th July – Clawhammer banjo workshop ($30 – bookings essential)

see below for the details

Note  there will also be a seating allocation system for those wanting specific seats allocated prior to concerts.  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)


Saturday 8th June – Concert – Andrew London Trio


Saxophonist Nils Olsen joined Terry Crayford and Andrew London’s Hot Club Sandwich trio around 2006, at which point the HCS ‘revolving door’ policy towards its third member was very quickly abandoned. His dexterity and versatility on both sax, flute and clarinet, along with his strong vocal skills made him indispensable and he contributed to four of Hot Club Sandwich’s nine albums before relocating to Germany in 2009. The trio also made forays to Australia and Norfolk Island during this time and completed several nationwide ‘Arts on Tour’ concert tours throughout New Zealand. In 2010 Nils was flown from Hamburg to join HCS in Saudi Arabia for a series of engagements at the NZ Embassy.

He returned to New Zealand in 2012 and quickly picked up where he left off with the newly formed ‘Andrew London Trio’, who have since recorded six albums and travelled extensively up and down NZ, to Australia, the Pacific islands and Indonesia on cruise ships, and to Norfolk Island each year for the Island’s Jazz Festival. Contacts made there over the last few years have resulted in a series of engagements to be fulfilled in the Melbourne area in late June of 2019, from where Nils will once again fly to Germany to rejoin his family – this time indefinitely.

The Andrew London Trio for this WBS performance will be: Andrew London (guitar), Nils Olsen (sax) and Kirsten London (bass)

Andrew and Kirsten are obviously saddened by his imminent departure and keen to celebrate the ‘Olsen years’ with a send-off performance of their favourite tunes at the Wellington Bluegrass Society on Saturday June 8th. The audience can look forward to a mix of Andrew’s cynical and comedic social commentary, and some well-loved standards from their 2018 album ‘Standard Deviations’.

www.andrewlondon.co.nz

Here is a video clip, recorded by Hugh Macdonald, of a song co-written by Andrew and Hugh titled ‘No ordinary Sheila’:

Concert – Andrew London Trio
Saturday 8th June 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)xtra.co.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


Saturday 15th June – Concert – Katie Martucci, Jessica Hindin, Mark Mazengarb


All the way from New York, don’t miss Katie Martucci on her brief tour of New Zealand. Joined by renowned NZ musicians Mark Mazengarb (guitar) and Jessica Hindin (violin), this will be a night of world class swing, old time and Gypsy jazz music.

“I’m really excited to be able to bring Katie out to New Zealand – I first saw her perform at a festival in the USA and was blown away by her voice and guitar playing”

“If you like Norah Jones, Django Reinhardt, Swing or Old Time music – you’ll love this show!”

– Mark Mazengarb, who is organising the tour.

Hailing from the rich musical history of the Catskill Mountains in New York State, Katie Martucci grew up singing, and playing fiddle and guitar. The daughter of a jazz pianist, she began performing with her father at a young age. By the first grade, she was writing her own songs and playing for tips. Her musical journeys led her to the Ashokan Western and Swing Week Fiddle and Dance Camp, vocal lessons with Laurel Masse of Manhattan Transfer, a brief stint of collegiate acappella at Skidmore College and ultimately, to the New England Conservatory. While at NEC, Katie studied voice, fiddle and songwriting in the Contemporary Improvisation Department, and had the opportunity to study with Dominique Eade, Ran Blake, Hankus Netsky, Carla Kihlstedt, and Eden MacAdam-Somer.

Mark Mazengarb is kiwi guitarist who recently spent seven years touring the USA full-time with American guitarist and singer Loren Barrigar. Mark has performed with many other world class musicians, including Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola. (www.lorenandmark.com)

Jessica Hindin is one of New Zealand’s most sought after violinists for her versatility and virtuosity. Classically trained, she has performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra but is also renowned for her superb improvisation – reminiscent of the great Stephane Grappelli.

Mark has previously performed in concert at the WBS as a solo artist, with Loren Barrigar, also with Nigel Gavin and Colin Speir. Mark and Jess have previously performed in concert at the WBS with the group Beyondsemble.

Here is a video featuring Katie on guitar, with her group The Ladles:

The Ladles – Hands Of Time

Concert – Katie Martucci, Jessica Hindin, Mark Mazengarb
Saturday 15th June 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)xtra.co.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


Friday 21st June – Society Night – The Alicetown Three


Bill and Phil Alicetown grew up in the dark hollers and deep valleys of Upper Hutt. They spent their days exploring the wild Akatarawa valley, McCurdie’s Castle, the road of Moonshine, the mighty Hutt river, the misty peaks of the Remutukas, the wide plains of the Wairarapa and the scorching south Wellington coast, in search of musical treasure.

Raised on a steady diet of Saint Saens, The Seekers, The Kingston Trio, Donovan and the Clancy Brothers, then discovered the Beatles in the late 1960s. They learned to play music on their dad’s 1956 Hofner President, an old Lyon and Healy five string banjo and two German violins from the 1880s.

They have put together a bunch of songs from some of their favourite artists including Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash, Lowell Fulson, Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley, plus a few classic bluegrass numbers. They are joined by their distant cousins Doug Alicetown (mandolin), Pat Alicetown (guitar) and Amber Alicetown (bass). Together they make up the Alicetown Three. They never had much time for ‘book learning’ and cain’t count too well neither. They all have an appreciation for Large American cars and great American music from the 1950s.

Society Night – The Alicetown Three
Friday 21st June 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$10 – tea and coffee included
Door sales from 7:30pm

Floorspots to follow the main act then a jam session after that –
Bring your instruments and join in


and much more to come !


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

Old-time Music or Bluegrass jam session and banjo workshop
second Sunday of the  month
Old-Time Music on ‘odd’ months – Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Nov
Bluegrass Music on ‘even’ months – Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec
Petone Community House
6 Britannia Street, Petone
2:00 – 4:00pm

Free entry to the jam sessions – all welcome
$30 per person for the banjo workshop – bookings required
Please email bluegrass(at)xtra.co.nz  to register your interest in this workshop


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.

 

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 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
2:00 – 4:00pm
Petone Community House
6 Britannia Street, Petone
$30 per person


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


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