• Friday 18th September – Society Night – Carol and Costa
  • Saturday 19th September – Concert and CD launch – Barry and the Crumpets
  • Saturday 26th September – Concert – the Downunderdogs
  • Saturday 10th October – Concert and book launch – The Songs of Andrew London
  • Sunday 11th October – Bluegrass Music Jam Session (free)
  • Sunday 11th October – Bluegrass Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
  • Friday 16th October – Society Night – Tony Burt
  • Saturday 7th November – Concert and CD launch – Grumblewood
  • Sunday 8th November – Old Time Music Jam Session (free)
  • Sunday 8th November – Clawhammer Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
  • Saturday 21st November – Concert – Skiffy Rivets
  • Saturday 5th December – Concert and CD launch – Across The Great Divide
  • Sunday 13th December – Bluegrass Music Jam Session (free)
  • Sunday 13th December – Bluegrass Banjo Workshop (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 available only for concerts – not for society nights.
allocated seating (600 wide) (175x97)


Friday 18th September – Society Night – Carol and Costa


Carol Bean is a guitarist, singer and songwriter, who was recently seen at the Bluegrass Society with the Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band and is presenting a range of her own songs, along with those of recording artists who have influenced her song writing such as Kevin Welch, Shaun Colvin and John Haitt. Joining her is guitarist Costa Botes, vocalist Holly Carrington and percussionist Andreas Lepper.

Costa Botes is best known as a documentary film-maker and has toiled over a string of quirky movies about stubborn eccentrics who pursue their unreasonable passions to a point where material failure starts to resemble a kind of nobility (Forgotten Silver, Struggle No More, The Last Dogs of Winter, Act of Kindness, Angie). However not many people may know that Costa is a dedicated guitar nut and has spent most of his life playing stringed instruments.

In 2008, Carol and Costa, together with Robbie Duncan of Braeburn Studios fame, produced the music documentary ‘Yes That’s Me’ about Kiwi bluesman Dave Murphy, which was accepted into the NZ International Film Festival that year. During the production process, Carol sat in Costa’s editing studio, annoying him endlessly by one by one taking his musical instruments down off the wall and playing them. Finally Costa joined in and they quickly found they could weave together the music that they most enjoyed. After the film release, Carol invited Costa to play banjo in her Mount Misery String Band, who had their debut at the Wellington Folk Festival.

Whilst rehearsing with Costa for their upcoming WBS Guest Spot, Carol looked out her window and saw her gardener Andreas Lepper carefully pruning her old lemon tree. “There’s our percussionist!” she cried out to Costa. Carol enticed Andreas into the house with promises of coffee and as he entered she put a drum into his hands. Andreas is a highly respected and experienced percussionist and a renowned music tutor. Unbeknownst to her, the man had recently fallen in love with bluegrass music and being the pro that he is, he promptly picked up the tempos of their songs like a duck to water. Joining Carol on a couple of songs will be Holly Carrington from the Skiffy Rivets. They recently joined voices at Tony Burt’s Mid-winter Holler.

As Andrew Bicknell is fond of saying, “There we have it”.
– Carol Bean

Refer:
www.facebook.com/CarolBeanMusic/
www.nziff.co.nz/2008/archive/yes-thats-me/
www.costabotes.co.nz/
www.nzonscreen.com/profile/costa-botes/biographylow

Society Night – Carol and Costa
Friday 18th September 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 19th September – Concert and Album Launch – Barry and the Crumpets


Barry and the Crumpets are a foot-stomping, barn-romping country dance extravaganza. Their repertoire is toe-tapping, fast and knee-slapping rowdy.

It all started in 2017 on a dark midwinter Wellington night, when three friends Brendan Schenk, Simon Carryer and Donald James started jamming together with mandolin, banjo and cajon. As the night wore on, the tunes got stompier, their friends danced faster and before they knew it the band was born. After 18 months of gigging around markets, bars and house parties in Wellington, Rachel Evans joined the fray on fiddle. The band have since been honing their particular flavour of upbeat, old-fashioned mountain music and three-part harmonies with a smattering of Celtic roots and swampy blues.

Barry and the Crumpets are:
Brendan Schenk: vocals, mandolin
Rachel Evans: fiddle
Donald James: vocals, cajon
Simon Carryer: vocals, banjo, cello banjo

www.facebook.com/barryandthecrumpets/
www.barryandthecrumpets.bandcamp.com/releases

The Cuckoo, performed by Barry and the Crumpets, video by Ingrid Saker:
https://youtu.be/F4jPLTtbJbw

Concert and CD launch – Barry and the Crumpets
Saturday 19th September 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 26th September – Concert – the Downunderdogs


The Downunderdogs are Jack MacKenzie, Peter Dyer and Cathy Dyer. This three-part vocal/instrumental blend features first-class flatpicking, stellar songwriting, heavenly harmonies and lots of laughs.

Like their music, Jack, Peter and Cathy are American born and bred. They enjoy discovering, digging into and arranging ‘Americana’, country, bluegrass, old-time and swing music. Their repertoire includes originals by Jack and Peter.

Jack’s flat-picking is inspired by Doc Watson. He has picked with Doc and a host of other stars at McCabe’s Music, the legendary venue Jack managed and performed at in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1980. Jack has recently added the sweet sounds of pedal steel to the musical array. Otherwise he keeps busy building his own line of hand made Simian Ridge branded guitars.

Peter plays rhythm guitar and loves singing and yodelling songs by Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and others from those times. In addition, two of his best known compositions are “Go Ahead and Cry” and “The Immigrants’ Song.”

After years of listening to Peter and Jack play, Cathy finally added the big double bass and chimed in to create gorgeous three-part harmonies.

The Downunderdogs have featured at the Wellington Folk Festival, Wellington Bluegrass Society, Auckland Bluegrass Club and Kiwigrass.

www.downunderdogsnz.net

Go Ahead and Cry, performed at the WBS on 24th August 2019, recorded by Tony Burt:

Hillbilly Swing, performed at the WBS on 24th August 2019, recorded by Tony Burt:

Concert – the Downunderdogs
Saturday 26th 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 10th October – Concert – “Let’s Talk About Me” the Songs of Andrew London Book Launch

 

book launch and concert featuring “Let’s Talk About Me”The Songs of Andrew London – over the last three decades, Andrew has written an enviable catalogue of songs, produced over a score of albums and performed a countless number of concerts. Now for his book, fresh off the press with seventy five of these songs compiled into one volume.

details to follow

Concert – “Let’s Talk About Me” the Songs of Andrew London Book Launch
Saturday 10th 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


Friday 16th October – Society Night – Tony Burt

Society night featuring Tony Burt – a man of many talents, all artistic, and who is very familiar to WBS audiences, now performs a solo show at the WBS – a welcome return!

details to follow

Society Night – Tony Burt
Friday 16th October 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!


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 !