• Sunday 10th March – Old Time and Bluegrass Music Jam Sessions (free)
  • Sunday 10th March – Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
  • Friday 15th March – Society Night – to be advised
  • Saturday 23rd March – Concert – Polly and the Minstrel
  • Saturday 18th May – Concert – We Mavericks

see below for the details:

Old time and bluegrass music jam sessions and banjo workshops
The free jam sessions are run on the second Sunday of each month, year-round, with the old-time jam session in the first half (2:00-3:30pm) and bluegrass jam session the second half (3:30-5:00pm. You can come for one. or the other, or both!

Also there are banjo workshops available on the same days from 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Please note a prior booking is essential for these banjo workshops.

These Sunday jam sessions and workshops are held at the Petone Community House – 6 Britannia Street, Petone. All other events are held at 54 Richmond Street, Petone, a meeting room adjacent to the Petone Community Library.

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 15th March – Society Night – to be advised

details later

Society Night – to be advised
Friday 15th March 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$20/$15 members or children – tea and coffee included
(Please bring cash as we have no eftpos facilities)

Doors open at 7:30pm – Door sales only

Floor spots to follow the main act and then a jam session after that.
Bring your instruments and join in!


Saturday 23rd March – Concert – Polly and the Minstrel

Polly and the Minstrel are a folk duo based in Nelson. Siobhan Sweeney and Nathan Torvik have been making music together for many years now, she with the lovely voice and he with the incredibly accomplished guitar and mandolin picking. They have performed extensively together, touring N.Z. several times.

Nate started out as a pre-teen mandolin picker in a barn dance band, stomping ’round the country halls and woolsheds of Northland, kicking off a lifetime dedication to music. A versatile musician with bluegrass roots, Nate has honed his guitar and mandolin skills to a high level over countless gigs.

Siobhan’s musical roots are in her family heritage. Of Irish descent, she grew up with ‘lift the roof off’ singalongs at parties with family and friends, singing popular and folk songs from each generation, a tradition that continues on strong. Siobhan is a wordsmith and keen observer of humanity, writing folk songs for modern times.

Their WBS concert will feature Siobhan’s original songs with an extra helping of bluegrass via Nate’s guitar and mandolin flatpicking.

Concert – Polly and the Minstrel
Saturday 23rd March 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 18th May – Concert – We Mavericks

Details to follow.

Concert – We Mavericks
Saturday 18th May 8:00pm
Wellington Bluegrass Society, 54 Richmond Street, Petone
$40/$35 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 Sessions and banjo workshop – Old Time Music and Bluegrass

Old-time Music and Bluegrass jam sessions 
second Sunday of the month
Petone Community House
6 Britannia Street, Petone
2:00 – 5:00pm

Jam Sessions
The old-time jam will be the first half (2:00-3:30pm) and bluegrass jam the second half (3:30-5:00pm). You can come for one. or the other, or both! And there are also Banjo Workshops available between 2:00pm and 4:00pm – but booking is essential for these.

Free entry to the jam sessions – all are welcome to play or to listen.

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
$40 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 !