Upcoming Events

  • Friday 26th October – Society Night – Melissa and The Dr
  • Saturday 27th October – Concert – George and Noriko
  • Sunday 11th November – Old-Time Music jam session (free)
  • Sunday 11th November – Clawhammer banjo workshop ($30 – bookings essential)
  • Friday 16th November – Society Night – Isabel
  • Saturday 17th November – Concert – Frank Povah
  • Saturday 1st December – Concert – The Sonoran Dogs
  • Saturday 8th December – Concert – Tattletale Saints
  • Sunday 9th December – Bluegrass Music jam session (free)
  • Sunday 9th December – Bluegrass 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)


Friday 26th October – Society Night – Melissa and The Dr


Take two keen country music aficionados from two different countries, generations and stylistic leanings, season with lead and harmony vocals reminiscent of Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, Tammy Wynette and George Jones, add a dash of chemistry and you have the duo that is Melissa Partridge and The Dr (Hyram Twang). Both have years of performing experience under their hats, that is if they wore hats. Together they play a collection of stripped down classic country duets as well as alt-country and Americana tunes – some sweet, some bittersweet, some downright tragic – all delivered with feeling and style. Melissa and The Dr have performed together at a number of gigs including stage shows, festivals, bars, cafes, small halls and back streets, and are looking to take their sound to the honky tonks and country bars of the greater Mosgiel area and the world.

Melissa has been singing and playing in the country music club scene since she was a youngster, winning and placing in many competitions including the Gold Guitar Awards. In 2007 she was inducted into the Old Time Music Hall of Fame in the USA and in 2008 her debut album “Melissa” won the Tui Award for Country Album of the Year. In 2012 Melissa graduated from The Academy of Country Music in Australia and spent some time there singing and playing until returning to New Zealand. Melissa is a hair stylist by day, country singer by night and has coached and mentored many of the young performers coming through the Silverpeaks Country Music Club, who are now going on to win awards themselves.

The Dr (Twang) aka Hyram Ballard has been a member of NZ folk band The Chaps for over 25 years. With them he has played every major and some minor folk music festivals in NZ, as well as toured parts of Europe three times, but he has another side. Playing guitar since he was a young boy growing up in Los Angeles, he listened to Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and George Jones on the AM radio on the way to school and rounded out that listening with Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and Joni Mitchell after school. In the last few years he has been seen performing solo at various folk music festivals and gigs, instigator of The Saddle Hill Billys (bluegrass) and Dr T and The Twang Tones (Tejano spiced California country) and accompanying songwriter with Bill Morris on tour.

Melissa attended a Chaps show when she was about eleven years old. Many years later Melissa and Hyram met up again in the local country music club and ended up working together at club nights and concert shows put on by the club. It was clear they were both on the same musical wavelength so they decided to work up some tunes and find some gigs. Since their appearance last year at the Whare Flat Festival they have building up a steady calendar of work and are looking to record a live show next year for audio and video release. You’ll likely see and hear more from them over the next few years.

“Melissa and The Dr performed at Whare Flat Folk Festival 2017/18, performing a number of American classics including tunes by Roy Orbison, Hank Williams and others.  Their short set quickly transfixed the audience – with Partridge’s near-flawless vocal delivery elevated by The Dr’s sensitive-yet-tough guitar, tasteful mandolin accompaniment and vocals.  Partridge is without a doubt one of the finest singers of country music in New Zealand. Her emotive, understated, delivery is reminiscent of a young Emmylou Harris, with the added dimension of a warm Kiwi earthiness. The good Doctor has this music in his pedigree – a southwest desert wind blows through every strummed chord or keening harmony and he knows just when to pull back and let Partridge’s vocal soar.
As a duo, Melissa and The Dr bleed authenticity – this is Americana unfiltered, straight from the source. Hank would shed a tear.”
Bill Morris, singer, songwriter, filmmaker and author

Society Night –  Melissa and The Dr
Friday 26th October 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$15 – one price for all – tea and coffee included
Door Sales only – from 7:30 pm

Floorspots follow the feature act
Jam session to follow – bring your instruments and join in


Saturday 27th October – Concert – George and Noriko

George and Noriko break all the rules. This duo brings something unique, something unexpected.

Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, George Kamikawa and Noriko Tadano have been kicking up a storm wherever they play. George’s lightning fast blues licks on resonator guitar and growling harmonica are enhanced by Noriko’s percussive sounds of the traditional shamisen, the traditional Japanese banjo, has morphed into a fast hard country blues with a Japanese twist.

George and Noriko’s banter and easy audience interaction makes them a popular choice with audiences. George is thumping his resonator guitar and alternating between vocals and harmonica, with Noriko bending into the sound with her shamisen and sharing vocals, they are an arresting sight and their sound is something you haven’t heard before.

Their first joint album‚ ‘East West’ was released in 2010 and received four stars after being reviewed by ABC Limelight magazine.
They were finalists on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ and their second joint album ‘Howlin’ Sun’ was released in 2016.

www.georgeandnoriko.com

Concert – George and Noriko
Saturday 27th October 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
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 16th November – Society Night – Isabel

details to follow

Society Night –  Isabel
Friday 16th November 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$10 – one price for all – tea and coffee included
Door Sales only – from 7:30 pm

Floorspots follow the feature act
Jam session to follow – bring your instruments and join in


Saturday 17th November – Concert – Frank Povah

details to follow

Concert – Frank Povah
Saturday 17th November 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$20/15 members or children – tea and coffee included

Bookings accepted before the day by email
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 1st December – Concert – The Sonoran Dogs

details to follow

Concert – The Sonoran Dogs
Saturday 1st December 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$30/$25 members or children – tea and coffee included

Bookings accepted before the day by email
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


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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