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Live Music Live Band Wedding Band Winsome Lost Wellington Wairarapa Manawatu


 the Winsome Lost

The Winsome Lost is a fun 5-piece covers band with a folky twist based in Kapiti, New Zealand. Their full band sound featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harp, rhythm section, and soulful harmonies gets a party started wherever they go.


The Winsome Lost excel where the audience is diverse – from the kids through to your nan - which makes them the perfect choice for weddings and events. Their eclectic mix of tunes from Johnny Cash to The Black Keys will have the dance floor cranking all night long. They also specialize in modern folk covers from Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lumineers, and more. 

The Winsome Lost has been going strong for 10 years with highlights including hundreds of awesome weddings, the 'international act' at the Dumbéa festival in New Caledonia, headlining at the Golden Shears in Masterton, the Shepherd Shemozzle in Hunterville, and the Blackdog Ball in Palmerston North. Close to their hearts are also the memorable gigs at Ballance Bridge Cafe and the Bent Horseshoe.


With consistently raving reviews in regard to communication, musicianship, and fun times - the Winsome Lost offer something a little special and unique.

Winsome Lost Live Band Live Music Wellington Wairarapa Manawatu

Meet the Crew

Carrie Eames musician Winsome Lost Live Band Live Music Wellington Wairarapa Manawatu

Carrie Eames:

Carrie founded Winsome Lost in 2011. She manages the band and co-fronts on fiddle and vocals and also calls the dances. She grew up in a musical family and played Irish folk and classical music from a young age. Carrie has a degree in Jazz Arranging and Composition and enjoys songwriting. She is currently based on the Kapiti Coast.

Elan VanMills musician Winsome Lost Live Band Live Music Wellington Wairarapa Manawatu

Elan VanMills:

Elan fronts the Winsome Lost on vocals and guitar. In his 20's he became part of the NZ rock scene with his band Paselode. They signed to NZ label Wideside records and toured the country playing with some of NZ's best bands such as Fat Freddy's drop, Shihad, Trinity roots, The Datsuns, The Black Seeds, The Phoenix Foundation, and many more. Elan has a BA in music and runs a music school on the Kapiti Coast.

Banjo Pete musician Winsome Lost Live Band Live Music Wellington Wairarapa Manawatu

Banjo Pete:

Pete plays banjo, mandolin, and a giant assortment of harps. Pete is our nutty professor (we're not even entirely sure what he does - somethihg along the lines of mysterious alpine daisy hunting). When Pete gets paid he buys more harps...secretly. Pete loves old timey Americana music and will corrupt any willing individual to the dark side of clawhammer banjo, the spoons, washboard and a yeeeehawing good time.

Rob Bradshaw musician Winsome Lost Live Band Live Music Wellington Wairarapa Manawatu

Rob Bradshaw:

Hailing from the UK and a guitar background Rob now plays bass for the Winsome Lost.  He loves all things blues, the classics, and of course...Jimi Hendrix! Rob has been playing in bands since he was a young fella and when he's not playing music he drives the city library bus. Rob is also the proud owner of "the man cave"- his very own recording studio (handy!)

Adam Crawford musician drummer Winsome Lost Live Band Live Music Wellington Wairarapa Manawatu

Adam Crawford:

Adam fell in love with the drum kit when he was 13 and has been banging away ever since. He enjoys all styles of music including rock and jazz and especially loves playing originals. He has the flashest car in the band which he drives around with his miniature poodle named coño. And while that last bit about the canine is not strictly true his love of music couldn’t be truer.

Kane Parsons musician Winsome Lost Live Band Live Music Wellington Wairarapa Manawatu

Kane Parsons:

Kane is a musical genius who steps in as frontman, vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and even banjo & mandolinist when needed. He runs the UCOL music program in Palmerston North and is active as a director in the NZ drama scene. He also partakes in a bit of solo piano stand-up comedy. Aside from all this, he's also a heck of a nice fella to have on the team.

Hayden Lauridsen musician Winsome Lost Live Band Live Music Palmerston North

Hayden Lauridsen:

Hayden lives and breathes drums. He loves restoring vintage kits to their former glory and is the musical director of a large church. He can recite gear model numbers off the top of his head and is a super positive, uber professional guy. Hayden is a sought-after session drummer and plays for many bands and shows NZ-wide.

Ray Butler musician drummer Winsome Lost Wellington

Ray Butler:

Ray is another of our cherished backup drummers. He also plays the Cajon and sings in his Kapiti-based band A Small Victory. He can usually be found out back having a smoke and, being Irish, is always up for a good yarn.

Matthew Payne Winsome Lost musician bass player Wellington

Matthew Payne:

Matt is one of our stand-in bass players and is also handy on the keys. He has a passion for coffee, recently developed a coffee-flavoured beer, and is the former owner of the Raumati Social Club cafe which hosts live music on a regular basis. Hailing from the Melbourne music scene he loves the chance to jump back on the bass for a good session.

Daniel Ashcroft musician drummer Winsome Lost Manawatu

Daniel Ashcroft:

Whilst he plays drums for us Daniel is a multi-instrumentalist who has a love for...wait for it...heavy metal and opera...he has Puccini's autograph tattooed on his arm and has released several albums of his own composition and creation. He is also a regular on the Palmy music scene with his R&B band for which he produces the backing tracks.

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