Paul Ubana Jones re­turns


Pop­u­lar per­former Paul Ubana Jones re­turns to Palmer­ston North on Fri­day night.

The mu­si­cian last played the Hokowhitu Bowl­ing Club venue in Fe­bru­ary, kick­ing off Steve Tol­ley’s 2016 Bent Horse­shoe con­cert sea­son with the Acous­tic Soul of Paul Ubana Jones show.

Tol­ley was keen to have him back af­ter he de­liv­ered a crack­ing per­for­mance to about 80 peo­ple

‘‘It was great as his shows al­ways are. He is so dy­namic.’’

Play­ing gui­tar since he was 11, Jones has recorded eight al­bums, won three New Zealand mu­sic awards.

‘‘For most of our [Bowl­ing Club] shows the crowd is older. They are peo­ple who still love mu­sic but who don’t go to the pubs, which are the only venues now. But last time for Paul, about 25 per cent were younger - be­tween 20 and 40.’’

Jones grew up in York­shire, where he stud­ied gui­tar, cello and com­po­si­tion, be­fore forg­ing his own style in­flu­enced by blues, rock, folk and jazz.

He moved to New Zealand in the late 80s, but con­tin­ues to per­form in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Jones has shared the stage with the likes of Taj Ma­hal, Keb Mo, No­rah Jones, Bob Dy­lan, Tuck and Patti, BB King and Crowded House.

Fri­day’s con­cert is $25 and starts at 8pm. Book through steve@ben­thorse­ or 06 329 8808.


Paul Ubana Jones re­turns to en­ter­tain at the Hokowhitu Bowl­ing Club.

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