•      Fun performances that all ages will love 

  • Connection with audience

  • Consistent excellent feedback and referrals 

  • Diverse instrumentation and full-band sound

  • Great selection of tunes with something for everyone 

  • Cranking dance floor from the kids through to your nan

  • Optional Dance Calling where we teach you fun & easy barn dances!

  • Optional Duo performance for earlier in the day at weddings & functions      



The Winsome Lost are a fun, contemporary, 5-piece covers band with a folky twist perfect for weddings, functions and events of all manner. Featuring a full band sound with fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harp and rhythm section; paired with soulful harmonies and the odd dance thrown in, they get a party started wherever they go.


The Winsome Lost excel where the audience is diverse – from the kids through to your nan - 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, Of Monsters And Men and more.

The band has been going strong for 9 years with gigging highlights including landing the 'international act' at the Dumbéa festival in New Caledonia, opening for The Jordan Luck Band, headlining at the Golden Shears in Masterton twice, the Shepherd Shemozzle in Hunterville, the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games and the Esplanade Sunday Concert series, corporate clients including Tuatara Brewery, the NZ Army and Totally Vets not to mention many fantastic weddings and various other excuses for a general knees-up; as well as the legendary Ballance Bridge Cafe, the Bent Horseshoe, Meow Bar and many more.


With consistently raving customers in regards to communication, professionalism, musicianship, audience connection, audience participation and just an all round good time The Winsome Lost offer something a little alternative, hip and authentic. 


Based in the lower North Island of New Zealand the Winsome Lost are happy to travel. You can’t beat the excitement of a live band so drop them a line to check availability for your event!

Entertaining and out-of-the-ordinary; the show will spark the senses. And if you forget your dancing shoes, barefoot will do - it wouldn't be the first time!

Meet the Crew

Carrie Eames:

Carrie founded the 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:

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 Widside 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 co-owns a music school on the Kapiti Coast.


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:

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 proud owner of "the man cave"- his very own recording studio (handy!)

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:

Kane is a musical genius who steps in as frontman, vocalist, guitarist, bassist and even banjo & mandolinist  when needed. He runs the UCOL music programme 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:

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 proffessional guy. Hayden is a sought after session drummer and plays for many bands and shows NZ-wide.

Ray Butler:

Ray is another of our cherished back-up 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:

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:

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.


Authentic Music, Artistry & Wildly Good Times



tel - 021 177 5604

Wellington, New Zealand


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