• Sunday 12th July – Old Time Music Jam Session (free)
    • Sunday 12th July – Clawhammer Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
    • Friday 17th July – Society Night – Shane Delaney
    • Saturday 1st August – Concert – Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band

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 available only for concerts – not for society nights.
allocated seating (600 wide) (175x97)


Friday 17th July – Society Night – Shane Delaney


Shane Delaney was first properly introduced to the banjo by an American friend who was both a banjo player and a bagpiper. Despite this red flag, Shane started playing the banjo anyway. His friend wouldn’t return to Vermont until Shane bought his own banjo and had learnt some clawhammer basics during a week-long crash course. Shane then took to learning old-time banjo, picking up lessons where he could at Bluegrass Society workshops and festivals.

On a return trip to America, Shane had decided to buy a banjo made by Ome. As fate would have it, the trip included a stay in Colorado and Shane managed to swing a side trip to Boulder, to the Ome banjo factory. There he met the founder of the company and several long-standing luthiers. The workshop had recently suffered severe flooding and production had been on hold during the clean-up. Fortuitously, there were two banjos on hand and Shane was able to walk away with his prized Ome Wizard old-time banjo. With this new instrument in hand, Shane was motivated to play even more.

Now with several small children and a wife who isn’t so keen on the banjo, time for playing is a bit restricted. Shane mostly gets his banjo playing fix in the WBS Society Night floor spots, escaping to the odd festival when he can and by running an old-time banjo club at the high school he teaches at.

Shane plays mostly old-time Appalachian tunes and songs in the clawhammer banjo style, with a healthy dose of modern Americana, a sprinkling of country and even the occasional original.

Society Night – Shane Delaney
Friday 17th July 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 1st August – Concert and CD launch – Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band

In July 2013 Pip Payne, who had made a name for himself in various blues, gospel and swing jazz combos in Wellington, as well as in far off lands including Mother England, spoke to Neil Worboys, ex-Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band member, about the possibility of getting a jugband together to play at the Kelburn Village pub. Neil immediately contacted other sometime juggers Bill Wood, Maurice Priestley and Steve Carlyle, and told them that they were in the band. Pip designed a poster and the Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band was born.

Before the band had their first practice, in 2014 they were booked to play at jazz and blues festivals in Palmerston North and Upper Hutt by entrepreneur Roger Fox. Irregular gigs at the Kelburn Village pub and Thunderbird Cafe also in Wellington, kept the requisite skills honed on kazoo and tea-chest bass and they added gigs at other Wellington venues including The Rogue and Vagabond, RoomFullaBlues at the Bristol, Moon and the Cross Creek Blues Club in the Wairarapa later that year.

2015 started with a Summer City Gardens Magic concert at the Wellington Botanical Gardens where they shared the bill with the reformed Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band. This led to the KVMEJB being invited to entertain the film crew on the set for the Disney film Pete’s Dragon. Another highlight for the KVMEJB later that year was being invited to present their own concert on the programme of the Wellington Folk Festival.

The year finished off with the band recording and releasing a LP CD “Stomp Around the Floor”. The songs on the album represent a sample of the music they play including songs of Robert Johnson, Leadbelly and other inspirational pioneers of blues and jug band music, alongside original material by Pip, Neil and Steve. The end of 2015 saw Pip moving on from the band and replaced in 2016 by Carol Bean, installing her own trunk load of jug band and string band songs and experience.

Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band music is a mix of original songs, which intentionally and vaguely follow the styles of Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, the Jim Kweskin Jugband and other inspirational pioneers of blues and jug band music, and cover versions of the above-mentioned heroes.
They recorded their second album in 2019, which will be released at the Wellington Bluegrass Society as part of this concert.

Neil Worboys – vocals, banjo, mandolin, blues harps, kazoo, jug, whoops
Carol Bean – vocals, guitar, mandolin, hollers
Maurice Priestley – mandolin, guitar, banjo, vocalisations, kazoo, sounds
Bill Wood – vocals, tea-chest bass, Dobro, harmonised vocalisations
Steve Carlyle – vocals, guitar, washboard, tea-chest bass, squeeze box, harmonised vocalisations

Concert and CD launch – Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band
Saturday 1st August 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 !