• Saturday 28th September – Concert – Rhodeworks

 

  • Saturday 5th October – Concert – Whimzik 
  • Saturday 12th October – Concert – Dusty & The Sepia Tones
  • Sunday 13th October – Bluegrass Music jam session (free)
  • Sunday 13th October – Bluegrass banjo workshop ($30 – bookings essential)

 

  • Saturday 2nd November – Concert – Missy Raines Trio
  • Sunday 10th November – Old Time Music jam session (free)
  • Sunday 10th November – Clawhammer banjo workshop ($30 – bookings essential)

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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)
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Saturday 28th September – Concert – Rhodeworks


Rhodeworks are Laurence (17), Sam (15), Nate (12) and their Mum steadying the ship with her bass but clearly taking a back seat, away from the spotlight. The band have won an award for their vocal and musical talents and the boys are largely self-taught multi-instrumentalists and vocalists who have performed at many festivals throughout their native New Zealand and Australia. What they do is fast-paced, high-energy folk music, showcasing a blend of well-known traditional bluegrass alongside original material and well-interpreted covers. Their show [at Mountaingrass, Australia 2018] in Pitt’s Tent was blessed with great acoustics and they covered the Punch Brothers‘s layered song “Julep” with aplomb, as well as an inventively-good cover of Dragon’s “April Sun In Cuba”.
The fact that they are still learning their craft is a sobering thought because if they keep at this music business with the relish and persistence they exhibit now, Rhodeworks will be a force to be reckoned with. Speaking of perseverance, [at that show] lead singer Laurence had his right forearm and wrist in a cast but still managed to play guitar with authority.”
– Rob Dickens, Listening Through The Lens, Mountaingrass 2018 (Australia)

“Close your eyes, and you could swear you were in Kentucky.
The three young musicians playing a toe-tapping tune sound like seasoned professionals, but are in fact a trio of siblings, the oldest 17, and the youngest 12, playing an original song.”
– Laura Dooney, The Dominion Post

“The Frangos-Rhodes family has been playing their music at Farmers’ Markets, fair days, folk clubs and Hamilton’s monthly bluegrass club Back Porch Bluegrass for a few years now, honing their performance and presentation skills and delighting all who have been watching them. They have a clear understanding of the music they’re playing, not just reproducing something learned by rote and like most acoustic bands, watch each other closely for those subtle changes that happen all the time during a performance.”
– Paul Trenwith

“Having heard them in concert I could get into some detail about their performances. But let me say that when you hear them, expect to hear a range of skills on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. Expect them to sing, brilliantly. In terms of material, expect anything from bluegrass to folk, and more besides. What you won’t be expecting perhaps is how at ease on stage they are, how well they handle any technical issue, how well they handle continuity.
Have I left anything out? Did I mention they can make their own instruments? Did I mention you can expect to see and hear youngest brother, nine year-old Nate, on percussion and vocals? And mother Tracy on upright bass? Listen also for the occasional contribution from dad on guitar, and when you do, you’ll have everyone in the highly talented Rhodeworks family at work.”
-Pitt Ramsay

“Rhodeworks mix talent with personality, and the result is top-shelf bluegrass entertainment!”
– Nat Torkington

“Not old enough to legally drink, but way better at guitar than me!”
– Frank Burkitt

“Clever little sh*ts – they stole everything I know and do it better”
– Cameron Dusty Burnell

Festival Appearances:
Mountaingrass Bluegrass And Old Time Music Festival, Australia
Dorrigo Folk And Bluegrass Festival, Australia
Auckland Folk Festival
Kiwigrass
Wellington Folk Festival
Whare Flat Folk Festival
HamsterFest
Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
Oparau Acoustic Festival
Aongatete Festival Under The Figs
Meatstock

Awards:
2017 Recipients Of The Frank Winter Award For ‘Outstanding Musical And Vocal Talents’, Auckland Folk Festival
2018 Recipients Of The ‘Australasian Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association Young Performer Grant’
2019 Nathan received ‘Hottest Young Talent 2019’ presented by Kiwigrass NZ and Mountaingrass Australia

www.rhodeworks.nz

Concert – Rhodeworks
Saturday 28th September 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 5th October – Concert – Whimzik


Hanna Wiskari, Glenn Kastrinos and Kjelsty Hanson met in New Zealand in 2005 and kept in touch over the years. They share a wonderful collection of Swedish traditional tunes and American folk.

Hanna has always been surrounded by music. She grew up on the Swedish west coast, in Stenungsund, and at the age of 10 she found her instrument; the saxophone. In her teens she seriously feel in love with the folk music, a music and a culture that’s been in her life since childhood.

Hanna works as a folk musician and a teacher with a number of different groups as well as participating in a variety of projects. With her roots in Swedish traditional music, and especially the music from her home region, she is taking parts of many exciting musical projects that holds tradition as well as improvisation.
Hanna studied traditional Swedish music at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where she graduated in the spring of 2005. She also received a grant for young folk musicians from the Bror Hjort foundation “for a technical brilliancy and engaging performance on the soprano saxophone with a spectacular blending of innovation, ground breaking expression and the preservation of cultural traditions.”

Glenn has been playing traditional music since the seventies and competed in Fleadh Cheols (Irish traditional music competitions) in New York City and Ireland. He won the Fleadh Cheol in New York on three occasions and competed favourably in Ireland three times despite his Greek name and heritage. Glenn also studied guitar under Mike Christiansen at Utah State University and has accompanied some of the outstanding traditional players in Philadelphia and Ireland. He draws from his experiences in Ireland, Sweden and New Zealand.

Kjelsty is grateful to the teachers that have inspired when she was ten years old she took percussion class at a summer camp in Northern Idaho. The teacher, Mark T., told her she had a natural rhythm and should start taking lessons. She went on to receive a music scholarship to attend Linfield College. Then she went on to get her MFA at University of Idaho and participated each year in a group called Dancers, Drummers and Dreamers (a body percussive group similar to STOMP).

All of their travels and experiences have inspired and add to their music and art. They chose the name Whimzik to reflect the improvisational way they work together.

Concert – Whimzik
Saturday 5th October 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 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 12th October – Concert – Dusty & The Sepia Tones


Dusty Burnell and a cast of fellow rouges returns to the Bluegrass Society for a very special concert celebrating everything he loves about American Folk Music.

details to follow

Concert – Dusty & The Sepia Tones
Saturday 12th 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 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 2nd November – Concert – Missy Raines Trio


With a smoky and seductive alto, Missy Raines heads up her own innovative and genre-bending trio out of Nashville, Tennessee; a rich, jazz-tinged combination of her bluegrass roots and thick Americana. The trio features expat kiwi George Jackson on fiddle and banjo and Ben Garnett on acoustic guitar.

Hailing from West Virginia, Missy Raines was a member of Alison Krauss’ first all-female bluegrass band and has backed greats such as Claire Lynch, Mac Weisman, Kenny Baker, and Peter Rowan.

In 1998, Raines became the first woman to win International Bluegrass Music Association’s Bass Player of the Year award and subsequently went on to win the title more often than any other bass player in the history of the organisation – male or female – proving, without doubt, her status as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist.

Concert – Missy Raines Trio
Saturday 2nd November 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 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 !