Verve Passion and Energy

29 Jul 2022

It’s a newly formed music relationship! One that glistens with both ‘Verve Passion and Energy!

Paul Ubana Jones rarely wants to play with other musicians - it’s just how it’s always been for him!
That feeling of having enough soul and technique to carry shows as a soloist!  But here he is now with a great friend that is also a great musician, Alex Selman!

Don’t miss this remarkable duo they are a cut above the rest!

“Paul Ubana Jones’ soulful voice, sprightly guitar agility and enthusiasm made this the most inspired performance of the evening….in any other country he would be an institution!”  — Simon Sweetman

PAUL UBANA JONES a Swiss English musician, was born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, He was playing guitar by the age of 11. This was the beginning of a four-decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording eight albums.

Gaining a scholarship for music college, he studied guitar, cello and composition but Paul also began to forge his own contemporary style, influenced by blues, rock, folk and jazz, which he has developed over the years. Shortly after graduating he spent a year in The US.

In 1980 Paul came to play in Switzerland and fell in love not just with the country but he also met his Swiss wife and moved to Zürich. It was here that his real musical career began. He quickly became fluent in Swiss German and he built up a busy touring schedule through Folk Clubs and other music venues in Switzerland and played  among others The Nyon Folk Festival (now called Paléo), the Gurten-, and Stimmen  Festival.  Paul and his wife also became parents to two children in Zürich and Paul gained Swiss citizenship.                        

Over the years he was commissioned  by the Erziehungsdirektion Zürich  (Ministry of Education) to hold several hundred music workshop in schools and also workshops  for QUIMS schools (Multi Ethnic Schools) with great success. His touring area widened to Europe, Australia, the USA and Canada .  

In the late eighties, Paul and his family moved to New Zealand, where he still has his official residence. He continues to perform regularly in New Zealand, Australia, and internationally. and him and his wife return every year to Switzerland to play some concerts and workshops, see his many Swiss friends and their son who lives in Bern as well as  a bit of hiking. Over the years, Paul has shared the stage with various artists, including Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Tuck and Patti, Crowded House and many others.

His festival appearances include Dublin Blues Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, and many others across Europe.

Paul has won three New Zealand Music awards.

ALEX SELMAN is a music performer, composer and music producer. His career spans over two decades with both national and international highlights on the stage, in the studio and in composition. Alex’s passion for music began in early childhood where he received much recognition for his naturally evocative and powerful musicianship which has developed into a singularly beautiful experience on stages today. The piano is as natural to him as his own hands and this translates to deeply moving experiences for his audiences.

Make this exceptional evening extra special - order a delicious antipasto platter and a top it off with a mulled wine from the bar

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Show Times

8pm Friday 29th July 

Doors open and platters on the table from 7pm 


Ticket Prices

All Ticket $45

Delicious antipasto platters available 

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