Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

Friday 16th March – Society Night – Dan Moth

Sunday 8th April – Bluegrass Music jam session (free) and banjo workshop ($20 – bookings essential)

Saturday 14th April – Concert – Martha Louise and the Backseat Drivers

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 16th March – Society Night – Dan Moth

Dan Moth was born into a musical family where the house rang to the sound of the French horn, the piano and flute. Their domestic soundscape broadened somewhat with Dan’s bass playing in one Australia’s most prominent heavy metal bands, namely Cruciform.

In 2006, whilst sitting at the Silverstream traffic lights in a 1980 Valiant Regal, Dan heard the playing of banjo legend Eric Weissberg, of Duelling Banjos fame. It was like a musical epiphany, beaming down through the vinyl roof of the old Val.

After this awakening, Dan vowed to play banjo. He re-tuned an acoustic guitar to emulate the instrument he loved, whilst saving for his first banjo, which has since been converted to fretless. Hoping to play three finger style, he took lessons, only to find out his three finger style was not the graceful cascade of notes he had hoped for. However his clawhammer playing was solid, capturing the ‘ragged, but right’ feel that typifies the style. Thus Dan willingly plunged into the world of clawhammer banjo, where he has happily resided ever since.

His passion is exploring all things clawhammer; different styles, tunings, techniques and the myriad of wonderful players.

He has performed at music festivals such as Up The Mountain, with string bands at square dances, on radio commercials to discourage drink driving, on the soundtrack of the award-winning animated short film Spring Jam and on street corners as an avid busker, bringing a skip to the stride of the lunchtime crowds in Wellington.

Dan has also bent the floorboards of the Wellington Bluegrass Society stage several times in the furtherance of old time music and is excited about returning for his first ever solo gig.

Society Night – Dan Moth
Friday 16th March 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$10 at the door  – tea and coffee included

Jam session to follow!  Bring your instruments and join in!

Saturday 14th April – Concert – Martha Louise and the Backseat Drivers

details to follow

and much more to come !

Second Sunday each month – Jam Session – Old Time Music or Bluegrass

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.

Old-time Music and Bluegrass jam sessions
second Sunday of the  month
Petone Community House
6 Britannia Street, Petone
2:00 – 4:00pm
Free entry all welcome

Sunday 8th April – Bluegrass Music jam session and banjo workshop  

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
Sunday 8th April 2:00 – 4:00pm
Petone Community House
6 Britannia Street, Petone
$20 per person

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

“Even” months will be bluegrass jam sessions
“Odd” months will be old-time music jam sessions

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

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