• 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 14th November – Concert – The Mitchell Sisters
  • Friday 20th November – Society Night – Blackboard Concert
  • Saturday 21st November – Concert – Skiffy Rivets
  • Saturday 28th November – Concert – Kokomo
  • Saturday 5th December – Concert and CD launch – Across The Great Divide
  • Friday 11th December – Society Night – Butter Won’t Melt
  • 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)


Saturday 7th November – Concert and CD Launch – Grumblewood


Grumblewood are a quartet that hail from in and around Wellington. Inspired by the electric folk and progressive rock movements of the early 70s, their music draws from European folk tradition and blends it with a bit of baroque, a bit of jazz, and a lot of rock.

Frontman Gav Bromfield brings both song and stage to life with his rich tenor and flamboyant flute playing. Classically-trained and classic rock-inspired, he’s also a deft hand at guitar and piano.

Salvatore Richichi plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and pretty much anything else with strings. Well-steeped in British and American folk tradition and revival, he’s also a producer and analogue recording engineer.

Bassist Morgan Jones is the band’s primary composer and lyricist. Their songs are crafted around his melodic grooves and his love of odd meters, counterpoint, and storytelling.

Drummer Phil Aldridge is a veteran of numerous jazz, blues, rock, and reggae ensembles. His agile blend of swing and precision holds the music together no matter how adventurous it may get.

The band formed in late 2016 and have been quietly building a repertoire of inventive songs and a reputation for impressive performances ever since, including a well received appearance at the 2019 Wellington Folk Festival. Much of the past two years were spend in the studio and the resulting recordings led to the band being signed by UK progressive rock label Gravity Dream.

Their debut album ’Stories of Strangers’ tells eight evocative tales of fortune and fable, daring and demise. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered using only vintage analogue equipment and production techniques for that authentic early 70s sound. Grumblewood are excited to be celebrating its release with the Wellington Bluegrass Society.

“The album sounds like it was made in the early 1970s. The songwriting and musicianship is fantastically engaging”
– Robin Armstrong, Gravity Dream

“A warm and charming album that appears born of the golden era of progressive music”
– Jerry Ewing, PROG magazine

Grumblewood – Picturesque Postcard
www.youtube.com/watch?v=atLdpF_I4l0

Grumblewood – Stories of Strangers (Trailer)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-vxg1VZcdE

Concert – Grumblewood – Concert and CD Launch
Saturday 7th 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 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 14th November – Concert – The Mitchell Sisters


Jenny, Maegan and Nicola Mitchell are bringing family harmonies to the Wellington Bluegrass Society. After a sold-out South Island tour, the sisters are heading North to celebrate their recent musical offering: The Grainstore Sessions. Recorded live in Oamaru, The Grainstore Sessions is a live, visual EP featuring acoustic versions of four of Jenny’s original songs and a cover of Paul Simon’s “The Boxer.”

“Jenny Mitchell is going from strength to strength”
— Jesse Mulligan, Radio NZ

Originally from Gore, the Mitchell family have a deep love for the storytelling of country and folk music. Jenny was awarded the 2019 Tui for Recorded Industry Association of NZ Best Country Artist and was the first Kiwi to be nominated for Alt Country Album of the Year at the 2020 Australian Golden Guitar Awards. She has graced dozens of festival stages including Australia’s Maldon Folk Festival, Nannup Festival and, of course, the Tamworth Country Music Festival. At home in NZ, she has been on the Canterbury and Wellington Folk Festival bill and was a guest on the 2019 Southern Fork Americana Fest lineup. Along with festival appearances, Jenny regularly performs in every nook and cranny of NZ.

“Poetry that dominates a beautiful melody”
— No Depression, USA

Maegan and Nicola are identical twins with a love of catchy melodies and warm harmonies. Nicola will be playing ukulele on the tour, with Maegan on percussion (the art of finger clicking is her speciality). The pair are inspired by artists including Kacey Musgraves, Molly Tuttle and the Swedish Sister duo First Aid Kit. The Grainstore Sessions is their first touring experience and so far they have “had a ball.”

Audiences can expect a night of storytelling & Southern wit.

One Day – Jenny, Maegan and Nicola Mitchell
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PWVDVipogo

Concert – The Mitchell Sisters – Concert
Saturday 14th November 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 20th November – Society Night – Blackboard Concert

details to follow

Society Night – Blackboard Concert
Friday 20th 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 21st November – Concert – Skiffy Rivets

details to follow

 

 

Concert – Skiffy Rivets – Concert
Saturday 21st November 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 28th November – Concert – Kokomo

http://www.kokomo.co.nz/

details to follow

 

 

Concert – Kokomo – Concert
Saturday 28th November 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 !