• Friday 16th April – Society Night – Annette Esquenet
  • Sunday 9th May – Old Time Music Jam Session (free)
  • Sunday 9th May – Clawhammer Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
  • Friday 21st May – Society Night – Ronel Hunter
  • Sunday 13th June – Bluegrass Music Jam Session (free)
  • Sunday 13th June – 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 16th April – Society Night – Annette Esquenet


Kapiti based singer-songwriter Annette Esquenet grew up in the UK, then spent her early adult life in France, arriving in New Zealand in 2002.

Annette began song writing in 2012, her songwriting heroes include Joan Armatrading, Paul Simon, Paul Williams, French singer-songwriters Francis Cabrel and Renan Luce. By far her greatest inspirations are the many local singer-songwriters she is lucky enough to count as her friends. She meets regularly with some of them at a songwriting circle which she has been part of for several years.

More recently she has integrated the Weissenborn into her music, on the advice of her friend and mentor Tim L. Brown of Caramello’s fame. There is a perceptible influence of Caramello Blues in some of her latest songs, but she retains her own style.

“Sensitive, heartfelt lyrics to interesting melodies with her own style of picking and strumming on guitar. All uniquely hers. Beautiful.”

– Lisa Beech

“When Kapiti singer-songwriter Annette Esquenet sings, time seems to stand still. Her voice is clear, crystalline and like a soothing balm at the end of a weary day. Her songs are full of soft-spoken wisdom and often about love, world peace and understanding, the types of things that we realise are missing in this world. A very talented multi-instrumentalist, she accompanies herself at various times on guitar, Weissenborn and piano.”
– Vince Cabrera

Society Night – Annette Esquenet
Friday 16th April 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$15 – one price for all – tea and coffee included
Door sales only
Doors open at 7:30

Floor spots to follow the main act and then a jam session after that.

Bring your instruments and join in!


Friday 21st May – Society Night – Ronel Hunter


Ronel Hunter

details to follow

Society Night – Ronel Hunter
Friday 21st May 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$15 – one price for all – tea and coffee included
Door sales only
Doors open at 7:30

Floor spots to follow the main act and then a jam session after that.

Bring your instruments and join in!


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

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 !