Covid-19 Protection Framework – Traffic Light Level Orange
stay tuned for any cancellations and/or postponements

  • Saturday 2nd July – Concert – Barry Saunders
  • Sunday 10th July – Old Time Music Jam Session (free)
  • Sunday 10th July – Clawhammer Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
  • Friday 15th July – Society Night – Don Milne
  • Saturday 30th July – Album Launch and Concert – The Downunderdogs
  • Sunday 14th August – Bluegrass Music Jam Session (free)
  • Sunday 14th August – Bluegrass Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
  • Saturday 17th September – Concert – Turkey The Bird

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 2nd July – Concert – Barry Saunders


Barry Saunders started his music career in Christchurch. His first public performance was singing “Green–back Dollar” at the Lincoln Coronation Hall, aged eleven. During his teenage years he played around Christchurch, in mostly blues-based bands. In 1974 he sailed on the good ship Australis to the UK, where he played the Irish Trad and Country circuit in London for three years. He returned to New Zealand and joined Wellington band Rockinghorse for a brief time. This was followed by a stint in the Tigers, travelling to Australia with them and touring relentlessly, including an Australia-wide tour with Eric Burdon. Upon his return to Wellington in 1987, he formed the Warratahs. The band became known for Saunders’ compositions, such as “Maureen”, “Hands of my Heart”, “St. Peter’s Rendezvous” and many others. After nine albums, they are still very much alive.

He recorded solo albums Weatherman, Red Morning, and Zodiac, touring them extensively. Barry has appeared on the bill with Tony J. White, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Jock Cocker, and has also performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The last three years have included the Church Tour (alongside Marlon Williams, Tami Nielson and Delaney Davidson) and the Last Waltz Tour, celebrating and performing the songs of The Band. In 2019 he released the highly acclaimed album Word Gets Around, an album written and recorded with Delaney Davidson. In 2019 Barry was commissioned by Kokomai – Wairarapa Creative Festival to develop a touring performance designed for presentation in small rural halls. He created As Far As The Eye Can See with Ebony Lamb and Caroline Easther.

Concert – Barry Saunders
Saturday 2nd July 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$30/25 members or children – tea and coffee included
(Please bring cash as we have no eftpos facilities)

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 15th July – Society Night – Don Milne


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banjo maker extraordinaire and clawhammer player too,

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Society Night – Don Milne
Friday 15th July 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$15 – one price for all – tea and coffee included
(Please bring cash as we have no eftpos facilities)

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 30th July – Album Launch and Concert – The Downunderdogs


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a welcome return for these masters of the condenser mic, harmonies and superb instrumenation, with a new album to celebrate!

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Album Launch and Concert – The Downunderdogs
Saturday 30th July 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$30/25 members or children – tea and coffee included
(Please bring cash as we have no eftpos facilities)

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 17th September – Concert – Turkey The Bird

details to follow

Concert – Turkey The Bird
Saturday 17th September 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$30/25 members or children – tea and coffee included
(Please bring cash as we have no eftpos facilities)

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 – keep an eye on this website for details for future events !!


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

Note that the September 2021 sessions were cancelled due to venue unavailability – Covid-19 Alert Level – and likewise for January 2022.

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 !