Thursday 11th February: Paul Ubana Jones supported by Keely Turuwhenua

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An evening of exciting music featuring the internationally known bluesman in concert, backed up by one of our local emerging stars.

Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was playing guitar by the age of 11, beginning a three decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording eight albums of mostly original songs.

After graduating from a London Music college, where he studied guitar, cello and composition, Paul began to forge the solo acoustic style that he has stuck to and developed over the years. In the late seventies Paul based himself in Provence, Southern France, and toured all over Europe and North Africa, as well as venturing extensively into Canada and the US.

In the late 80s Paul and his family moved to New Zealand, which is still their permanent home. He has continued to perform internationally, to growing acclaim. Concert performances include sharing the bill with Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo’, Tuck and Patti and Crowded House.

Keely Turuwhenua (Ngai Tuhoe) has been singing from a very young age and is a working musician for numerous bands around Wellington. She studied Music for 3 years at Whitireia Polytechnic and the previous year attended Wellington Performing Arts Centre studying Musical Theatre. Wellyfest goers will have seen her in the Looking Forward concert, where this young singer/songwriter and guitarist gave a typically dynamic and up-beat performance.

From 7.30 p.m. at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath. Entry $20 members, $25 non-members

November Concert: A touch of the blues

Roseneath School Hall, Thursday 26 November, 7:30 pm

Cindy Muggeridge

Cindy, a member of the amazing Muggeridge family from Taranaki, started out playing with Steve, Janet and the late Alan years ago in a band in London. Often seen now performing with harmonica player Neil Billington and in the Raven Mavens with clarinettist and vocalist Marian Carter. Cindy is a formidable keyboardist, singer and song-writer in the blues tradition, with a dollop of jazz thrown in to make a scintillating mix.

Blakewater Blues (Gordon Chamley and Murray Kilpatrick)

This duo was formed about 4 years ago from two musicians well-known to Wellington music-lovers. Their material comes from such great names as Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Mississippi John Hurt, alongside Gordon’s original compositions in similar traditional vein. Multi-instrumentalist Murray’s versatility is well known on the local and national music scene (he also plays with the dance band The Jimmies) while blues devotee Gordon, originally from England, is a familiar figure in the Wellington area clubs for his singing and blues harp.

John Sutherland

John has been in this country since the 1960s but learned a love of the blues in his native Aberdeen from musicians such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Jack Dupree and Ramblin’ Jack Eliot. At this point his instrument was the harmonica, though Wellington music-lovers know him as much as an ace guitarist. While the New Zealand folk scene reintroduced him to British traditional music, blues has remained an important part of his repertoire. He describes his guitar style as derivative of all these influences “within the limitations of his skill” – modest as well as talented!

Entry: $15, $10 members and students