• Friday 15th November – Society Night – Wooden Box Band

 

  • Saturday 7th December – Concert – BB Bowness and Alex Rubin
  • Sunday 8th December – Bluegrass Music jam session (free)
  • Sunday 8th December – Bluegrass banjo workshop ($30 – bookings essential)
  • Friday 13th December – Concert – Rachel Baiman and George Jackson

 

  • Saturday 11th January – Concert – Mickey and Michelle
  • Friday 17th January – Concert – Tim O’Brien and Jan Fabricius

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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 15th November – Society Night – Wooden Box Band


“We’re a funky folkie eclectic unrelated family of musicians from all walks of life. who enjoy writing and playing urban folk music around Wellington and environs beyond.

“Usually we come in a group of half a dozen, just like bread rolls. We have singer songwriter Jessie Moss, late of Jessie James and the Outlaws, on vocals and guitar. Alongside is Emily Clemmet from the Balkanistas, Cumbrio Bros and other bands, on trumpet, fiddle, singing and writing.

“Paddy Burgin strums and picks a cedar topped jumbo guitar, blows harmonica and plays slide guitar too. He also sings, sometimes his own songs and sometimes those by other people.

“Anchorman is Murray Costello on bass, who used to do this job in the Mockers and a hundred bands since then. Lead guitar duties are taken by Jeremy Desmond who sandwiches the band inbetween Newtown Rocksteady commitments and a growing family. The drumming stool is usually personed by Olivia Campion.

“We play everywhere – folk festivals, bars, cafes, garden events and house concerts. Our big news is that our new CD – Far Far Away is out.

“We invite you to come, have a listen and find out what the fuss is about.”

“Our find of the day is this beautiful album by Wellington Americana band The Wooden Box Band. A great variety of styles, some great songs, all with beautifully harmonised vocals.”
– NZ Musician

“Timeless, tasteful, intelligent and rewarding”
– Graham Reid

Society Night – Wooden Box Band
Friday 15th November 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$15 – one price for all – tea and coffee included

Doors open at 7:30 – Door sales only

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


Saturday 7th December – Concert – BB Bowness and Alex Rubin


Catherine (BB) Bowness began playing the banjo as a teenager in her hometown, Koitiata, New Zealand. Just a few years later, she received the Frank Winter memorial award to travel to the USA and study with world renowned banjo players Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Bill Evans. BB joined the Jazz Performance program at the NZ School of Music and received her BMus in 2012 as the first banjo player to have ever completed the program. In 2013, she was one of 16 young string musicians selected from across the United States to attend the Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia and in 2015 placed first at the Freshgrass Banjo Contest. Since re-locating to Boston, MA in 2012, she has become a highly sought-after educator, teaching hundreds of private banjo students and at camps including Banjo Camp North. She currently tours full time as the banjo player for the progressive bluegrass band Mile Twelve, which she co-founded in 2014.

She will be accompanied by Alex Rubin on this New Zealand tour. Alex is a Boston based guitarist and educator. At the age of 17, Alex turned his musical interests from classical violin to bluegrass guitar, and has yet to reconsider. After completing an undergraduate biology degree at Cornell University in 2011, he returned to the vibrant Boston music bluegrass scene, studying privately with Berklee professor John McGann. In March 2016, Alex joined the renowned Canadian fiddler April Verch and her band, with whom he tours full time.

Concert – BB Bowness and Alex Rubin
Saturday 7th December 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 13th December – Concert – Rachel Baiman and George Jackson

details to follow

Concert – Rachel Baiman and George Jackson
Friday 13th December 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


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 the banjo 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 – booking required

Please email bluegrass(at)xtra.co.nz  to register your interest in this workshop


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