Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble (KVMe)

Capital Blues Inc is pleased to welcome The Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble (KVMe) to Roomfulla Blues at Hotel Bristol on Thursday 19 October. Show starts 8.30 pm. FREE ENTRY!

The gig will feature latest new member of the group, Carol Bean bringing fresh music and style to the band. Lately the Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble (KVMe) has dropped the Jug Band (JB) appellation as they have widened their repertoire beyond the jug genre and are now promoting themselves as the Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble (KVMe).

(KVMe) Lineup:

  • Neil Worboys – Vocals, banjo, mandolin, blues harps, kazoo, jug, whoops
  • Carol Bean – Vocals, guitar, mandolin, hollers
  • Maurice Priestley – Mandolin, guitar, banjo, vocalisations, kazoo, jug, sounds
  • Bill Wood – Vocals, Tea-chest bass, dobro, harmonised vocalisations
  • Stevo Carlyle – Vocals, guitar, washboard, tea-chest bass, squeeze box, harmonised vocalisations.

The Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band (KVMeJB) was born In July 2013 with chromosomes donated by Pip Payne, Neil Worboys, Bill Wood, Maurice Priestley and Stevo Carlyle.

Before the band had their first practice they were booked to play at Jazz and Blues Festivals in Palmy North and Upper Hutt in 2014 by entrepreneur Roger Fox. Irregular gigs at the Kelburn Village pub and the Thunderbird Cafe kept the requisite kazoo, tea-chest bass and lagerphone skills honed and they added gigs at the Rogue and Vagabond, The RoomFullaBlues at the Bristol, MOON, and the Cross Creek Blues Club in the ‘rapa later that year.

2015 started with a Meridians Gardens Magic Concert at the Wellington Botanical Gardens sharing the bill with the afore mentioned reformed Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band. This led to the KVMeJB being invited to entertain the film crew on the set of Disney film Pete’s Dragon. Another highlight for the KVMeJB that year was being invited to present their own concert on the programme of the Wellington Folk Festival.

The year finished off with the band recording and releasing a Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band LP CD, Stomp Around the Floor. The songs on the album represent a sample of the music they play including songs of Robert Johnson, Leadbelly and other inspirational pioneers of blues and jug band music alongside original material by Pip, Neil and Stevo.

The end of 2015 saw Pip moving out of the band and moving on and 2016 saw Carol Bean moving in and installing her own moving trunk load of string band songs and experience.

Phone: Neil Worboys 027 257 9889, Maurice Priestley 021 552 933


Del Thomas – Changes Coming

Capital Blues Inc. is pleased to present on Thursday 5 October at the Hotel Bristol the CD release gig for Del Thomas’s third album, Changes Coming. The gig will feature the musos who helped Del put the album together. The album is a mix of straight blues rock and Americana with just a smidgen of gospel infusion for good measure!

Band Lineup:
Del Thomas – guitar/vox ; Dougal Speir – guitar ; Elliotte Fuimaono – bass ; Mo Phillips – drums ; Lynley Christoffersen & Jade Eru (The Tempests) – vocals.

Here’s a sample off the album:

Copies of the CD will be available at the gig as will the previous two albums – selling out fast!


September Blues Jam

It’s Jam Night this Thursday 28 September. Make yourself known to the MC and he or she will fit you in with the other people who come along. We try to limit jammers to 15 minutes or 3 or 4 songs max. It starts at 8.30 but if you arrive early then that’ll give you time to speak to the MC before the music starts.

Our aim is to promote live blues/roots music through performance, education and marketing, and to foster emerging talent. Jam nights are where new musicians can mix it with a great backing band and where the expected and  the unexpected happen.

The DeSotos (Auckland) Acoustic Tour

Capital Blues welcomes you to a night of Americana / Country Blues with The Desotos at the Hotel Bristol Wellington, Thursday 21 September. Show starts 8.30 pm.

The DeSotos are touring with an acoustic show featuring Paul Gurney, Stuart McIntyre and touring drummer Vic Singe. The format worked exceptionally well at the Kelburn Village Pub which became the catalyst for this tour which incorporates two lower North Island shows and three upper South Island shows.

Paul, Stuart & Vic will play songs from the bands albums, plus some personal favourites in a stripped back format with acoustic guitar, bass, drums/percussion and voices. Paul will also introduce a couple of songs from his solo album, ‘Shadow of Love’ which will be a treat to those who have not seen the band recently.

Band lineup:

Paul Gurney – guitar, vocals
Stuart McIntyre – bass, vocals
Vic Singe – drums

The DeSotos have cemented their place as New Zealand’s leading exponents of the Americana / country blues genres following the release of two albums that have been universally embraced by the critics. 2008’s “Cross Your Heart” was voted Manu Taylor’s no 1 New Zealand album of the year, and the 2011 release “Your Highway For Tonight” has received glowing reviews nationally and in the US. Both albums have supplied the theme and continuity music to the TVNZ South and North series presented by Marcus Lush.
And their live show steps it up a notch further – 4 part harmonies, rootsy Gretsch guitar, and a rock solid rhythm section make for a tight and dynamic live sound that is as exciting as it is unique.

The DeSotos are:

Paul Gurney – lead vocals, guitars, blues harp. “The voice is just genius….seriously the best vocalist I’ve heard in a long time” -Manu Taylor, National Radio Paul combines his singing skills with insightful lead guitar and songwriting duties. He has had many influences over his playing and listening life, but some near the top include Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers fame), Buddy Miller and Jimmy Page, and of course Neil Young. He uses a mix of Gretsch and Fender guitars to deliver his distinctively warm, rootsy sound. Paul is also a member of Auckland’s Jubilation A Cappella Gospel Choir.

Stuart McIntyre – bass, vocals. Stuart has always been interested with bass guitar and started playing at the age of 15.  Influences include Ron Blair from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney & John Paul Jones.  Stuart mainly plays h‘serious’bass, a black 1970’s Fender Precision.  Despite owning several other basses, he always comes back to this bass for recording. He also writes songs for the band, and provides backing vocals to The DeSotos sound.

Vic Singe is joining the band onstage as touring drummer.

This outfit peels off a ‘substantial slice of professionally delivered, wide-screen country-rock which owes much to the Petty/Springsteen/Neil Young and Travelling Wilburys axis…they offer songs which are classy and fully formed’. Graham Reid (NZ Herald Time Out)


X-Ray Catz

This Thursday 14 September we are proud to present the fabulously entertaining X-Ray Catz with good time rockabilly/surf/swing and classic rock ‘n’ roll with a repertoire including classics from the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, The Stray Cats Dwight Yoakam and more.

The line up is:
Antony Maddock – Guitar, vocals
Gordon Barrell – Bass, vocals
Richard Te One – drums
Chris Armour – guitar

Classic rockabilly, surf, and R&B guaranteed to get you on your feet!

Band website:


The Jamnauts

The Jamnauts will be gracing the stage for your entertainment at Hotel Bristol this Thursday 7 September.

With a strong family unit at the group’s core, the Jamnauts will bring you some sweet R&B tunes. Whether you want to sit back and relax or dance the night away is up to you!

Featuring Elliotte Fuimaono and Jonathan Fuimaono on rhythm section, Eugene Fuimaono on Guitar, Jedidiah Lesa on Keys and Hope Fuimaono on Vocals.

2017 Blues Club AGM!

The Capital Blues Inc. Annual General Meeting will be held on 4th SEPTEMBER at 5.30pm at the HOTEL BRISTOL.

We always need new blood on the committee and welcome input. See you there!


Capital Blues Radio September 2017

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show:

Features tracks from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Blues Band, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring Sonny Landreth), Rick Bryant and Bill Lake, Jimmy Rogers All Star Blues Band, Darren Watson, Bonnie Raitt, Mike Garner, Little Walter, Allman Bros and a track from my forthcoming album, Changes Coming. The featured artist this month is Steve Winwood – tracks from the Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and his solo career.

Your host is Del Thomas. Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington New Zealand and hails originally from Scotland.

Roomfulla Blues August Jam Night – MC Julie Lamb

It’s Jam Night this Thursday 31 August. Make yourself known to the MC and he or she will fit you in with the other people who come along. We try to limit jammers to 15 minutes or 3 or 4 songs max. It starts at 8.30 but if you arrive early then that’ll give you time to speak to the MC before the music starts.

Our aim is to promote live blues/roots music through performance, education and marketing, and to foster emerging talent. Jam nights are where new musicians can mix it with a great backing band and where the expected and  the unexpected happen.


NZ School of Music with Rodger Fox

We are pleased to welcome the NZ School of Music directed by Rodger Fox to Roomfulla Blues at Hotel Bristol on Thursday 24th August.

The gig will feature the the up and coming talent of the New Zealand Jazz / Fusion / Blues scene with NZSM Big Band One and Big Band Two and the Fusion Ensemble.

Expect to be entertained with material from Tower of Power, Joe Cocker, Buddy Miles, Marcus Miller and the  horn driven rock / funk / blues bands.

Rodger Fox is New Zealand’s foremost Jazz Trombonist, Big Band Leader, Jazz Educator, Arranger, Producer and Lecturer at The New Zealand School of Music. He has performed in concert with some of the biggest names in the business, from the jazz and entertainment world, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton – Thomas, Joe Williams, The Four Tops – Temptations, Gary Grant, Jon Papenbrook, Bill Cunliffe, Holly Hofmann, Kevin Mahogany to name but a few.

NZSM website:

Rodger Fox website: