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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