• Friday 9th December – Society Night – Wandering Thyme
  • Sunday 11th December – Bluegrass Music Jam Session (free)
  • Sunday 11th December – Bluegrass Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
  • Sunday 8th January – Old Time Music Jam Session (free)
  • Sunday 8th January – Clawhammer Banjo Workshop (bookings essential)
  • Friday 13th January – Society Night – Bidibids

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 9th December – Society Night – Wandering Thyme


Wandering Thyme are an Americana folk family band. Originally from Oregon USA, they now call Wellington home. Bob Brasted and Rene Minz have been playing and singing together for over forty years and hosting family folk jams since before Cara was born. Cara grew up with the rhythms and harmonies of folk music, started learning violin in her early teens and was exposed to playing many styles of music by ear.

The band started as a duo when Bob and Rene neared retirement and had more time to share their original songs and enthusiasm for folk music. Now a trio, Cara adds rich vocal harmonies and fantastic fiddling.

Their repertoire frequently covers themes of family, wanderings, and their love of nature. Wandering Thyme’s performances have been described as “getting a warm family hug”. True to their roots of folk jams, tapping, humming and singing along are all encouraged.

Society Night – Wandering Thyme
Friday 9th December 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

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


Friday 13th January – Society Night – Bidibids


The Bidibids are Sarah Urwin (Paperbats) on banjo, Simon Carryer on cello-banjo, and Brendan Schenk on mandolin and guitar (Simon and Brendan previously of Barry and the Crumpets). They are another product of the fertile folk melting-pot that is the Wellington Folk Festival, where the Bidibids were formed through late-night jam sessions in a shared cabin. They came from separate groups, but left with the seeds of a new band stuck to their shoes.

It took a couple of years for those seeds to take root, but now they’re flourishing and the band are producing music that’s as catchy as their namesake. The Bidibids explore what it means to play folk music in New Zealand, knocking out some traditional and Americana standards, whilst also delving into the rich material that is grown closer to home. You will hear some familiar New Zealand hits, some contemporary Kiwi covers and a few originals as well. Always looking for that blend of the familiar and the new, that feeling of recognition and belonging but also reinterpretation and revelation that makes folk music so exciting. Sweet harmonies and some slick playing round out their set to ensure everyone will find something to enjoy.

Come and check out what the Bidibids have sprouted, and they’ll make sure you carry a little bit home with you.

Society Night – Bidibids
Friday 13th January 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

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

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 !