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2022 events are listed below 

(either page down or click on specific event for more detail)
Events cancelled due to Covid-19 Alert Level venue restrictions are indicated below

Second Sunday ‘odd’ months – Old Time Jam Session and clawhammer banjo workshop
Second Sunday ‘even’ months – Bluegrass Jam Session and bluegrass banjo workshop
(January 2022  jam session and banjo workshop cancelled – Covid-19)

20th May – Vic Manuel and Ruby Solly
14th May – We Mavericks
23rd April – Jackie Bristow
8th April – Vic Manuel and Ruby Solly (C Covid-19)
18th March – the Port Hillbillies (C Covid-19)
12th March – Album Launch and Concert – Jo Sheffield (C Covid-19)
18th February – Society Night (C Covid-19)
21st January – Society Night (C Covid-19)



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Second Sunday each ‘odd’ month –  Old Time Music Jam Session and clawhammer banjo workshop



This is a new venture for the WBS, having come together after years in the making.

It will be held on the second Sunday afternoon of each ‘odd’ month (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept,Nov) between 2pm and 4pm at the Petone Community Centre.

Over many years the WBS has organised Old-time banjo camps, then Old-time music camps and many Old-time instrument and Bluegrass workshops. There has been a calling for jam sessions to also be held.

Embrace this opportunity and the jam session will flourish accordingly.  For this year, Bluegrass jam sessions are on “even” months, and Old-time Music jam sessions are on “odd” months.

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Second Sunday each ‘even’ month –  Bluegrass Music Jam Session and bluegrass banjo workshop



This is a new venture for the WBS, having come together after years in the making.

It will be held on the second Sunday afternoon of each ‘even’ (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec) month between 2pm and 4pm at the Petone Community Centre.

Over many years the WBS has organised Old-time banjo camps, then Old-time music camps and many Old-time instrument and Bluegrass workshops. There has been a calling for jam sessions to also be held.

Embrace this opportunity and the jam session will flourish accordingly.  For this year, Bluegrass jam sessions are on “even” months, and Old-time Music jam sessions are on “odd” months.

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Friday 20th May – society night – Vic Manuel and Ruby Solly

(originally scheduled for the 8th of April)

Ruby Solly (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha) is a musician, writer, and music therapist living in Poneke. Her first book Toku Papa is currently longlisted for the Ockham Book Awards and she has recently released Feather Spines, an album of harp, cello, vocal and taonga puoro music, with her band Tamira Puoro with Michelle Velvin. Ruby has played with artists inclufing Yo-Yo Ma, Whirimako Black and Trinity Roots. She is currently completing a PhD in public health looking at the use of taonga puoro in hauora Maori.

Vic Manuel has been writing and performing songs for over 40 years in many different lineups. He has recorded five albums and many demos and in the 80s won best song writer at the Dolfin awards, far north New South Wales, Australia. He has been living in Wellington for the last five years.

Ruby and Vic play a selection of Vic’s songs with cello ,guitar, ukulele and vocals.

(photo courtesy of Liz Whyte)

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Saturday 14th May – concert – We Mavericks


They’re folk that resemble everything else: bringing captivating originals, entertaining stories and incredible energy, they pack punches but have songs to heal your scars.

Featuring a foot-stomping Kiwi girl and an Australian country boy, We Mavericks make music that is more than the sum of its parts. Lindsay Martin’s masterful strings and vocals meets Victoria Vigenser’s mesmerising voice, with driving rhythms and a connection you have to hear to believe.

Their songs are born from Vigenser and Martin’s shared and somewhat unusual exploration of the harder subjects in life, especially the relationships with self, with others, with memories and with hope. They’re rich in vocal harmony, hooked melodies and beautifully dexterous string work.

A certain trademark tightness and their strangely gritty, evocative performances have seen them on a steep and fast rise to festivals and shows in both home countries. Nominated Best Folk Artist in the 2022 Aotearoa NZ Music Awards, nominated 2021 Australian Folk Music Awards Artists of the Year, Best Duo/Group/Ensemble and recipients of the 2020 Troubadour Foundation Award, We Mavericks’ organic blend of lyrical pop and acoustic folk vibes has echoes of soulful Americana and Celtic roots amongst the harmonies.

Finally returning to NZ with their keenly-awaited duo debut album Grief’s a Gardener, they bring connected and grounding original songs that can melt even the hardest of hearts.

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Saturday 23rd April – concert – Jackie Bristow


The lure of the road has always been a defining motivation for singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow.
She took her first musical steps in Gore, in the South Island, honed her craft in the pubs and clubs of Sydney, Australia, and found her voice in the United States, where she has continued to enhance her reputation as a soulful, seductive independent recording artist and dynamic live performer.

Like Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin and Bonnie Raitt, Jackie has created a body of work that will endure, finely shaded songs that are at once personal and universal, recording with her long-time musical partner, Australian-born guitarist and producer Mark Punch.

American Songwriter hailed Jackie as “crafting some of the most beautiful, compelling Americana today”.

Her wanderlust informed her writing on four previous albums – Thirsty (2002), Crazy Love (2007), Freedom (2010) and Shot of Gold (2015) – and again on her latest, Outsider, which was released on March 4, 2022.

Whilst building on the strengths of her previous albums, Outsider finds Bristow drawing inspiration from the music of the American South — particularly the myriad sounds of her adopted home, Nashville.

“Nashville feels like a melting pot in a hub of creativity,” says Jackie. “Being exposed to such great American music has really inspired me.”

Jackie put the finishing touches to Outsider whilst staying in New Zealand after its first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. While in her homeland she has been “making the best of the crazy world” by focusing her creative energy in new directions.

A planned New Zealand Back to the Roots tour in 2021 fell by the wayside because of Covid restrictions, so Jackie used the time to develop a new youth songwriting programme called SongCatcher. The first programme yielded a single in November 2021, It’s Christmas, written and recorded by Jackie B and the Mini Band, a group of youngsters from the Queenstown area.

“Life changes,” Jackie says. “When one door closes another opens. You can’t sit and dwell on the setbacks. You’ve got to believe in yourself and keep moving forward.”

This unwavering positivity and global outlook have served her well in an industry where there are more hard knocks than greatest hits, enabling her to form lasting relationships with a wide range of influential personalities.

Her exquisite songcraft and compelling live performances have seen her share the bill and a personal connection with many of the world’s musical elite, including Bonnie Raitt, Boz Skaggs, Chris Isaak, Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Miller Band, Foreigner, Art Garfunkel, Phoebe Snow and John Waite.

And, always, the road calls.

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Friday 8th April – society night – Vic Manuel and Ruby Solly – Cancelled

This scheduled April Society Night was cancelled and moved to 20th May 2022.

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Friday 18th March – society night – the Port Hillbillies – Cancelled


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Saturday 12th March – album launch and concert – Jo Sheffield – Cancelled


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(photo courtesy of Gerard Hudson)
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This album release and concert was cancelled and moved to 28th May 2022.
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Friday 18th February – society night – Cancelled Covid-19

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Friday 21st January – society night – Cancelled Covid-19

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