May 2023

Hi Folks

It’s been a little while so let us go back in time for a moment to November 2022 and reflect on how far we have come from finally getting the Whangarei Special Olympics Fundraiser concert off the ground with our good friends Te Whanau , (Jessie, Jane and Millie) and Dave Ewart Jnr. Such talented people giving their time for this worthy cause. A couple of non starts due to covid but we got there in the end. Thank you to everyone that supported the concert to raise funds for the team to attend the Nationals and for your patience in waiting for it to all come together.
December saw me Judging the Little Tennessee Country Music Club Awards along side the very talented Kylie Austin Ward. A great afternoon was had by everyone in attendance. Congratulations to the winners on the day and to all those that entered the awards. Keep up the good work. Thank you Shirley May and Cttee for inviting me along.
January I was a guest artist at the Egmont Country Music Festival held in New Plymouth well just out of New Plymouth at Kevin and Lynda Moratti”s property at Bell Block. As you may have seen the weather wasn’t playing ball but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the large appreciative audience. So nice to catch up with Lance Wilson now living in New Plymouth and now part of the Sweet country music family. Great to also catch up with Lloyd and Nancy Muller and Gary and Kathy Little.
Sadly during March we said goodbye to two very dear friends, Len Field and Gavin Davidson, both were great supporters of our music and both a part of our tour groups to the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival over the years. We will certainly miss seeing their smiling faces at our shows as will the Little Tennessee CMC of which they were also great supporters.
As many of you are aware Annette has been out of action since November 2021 following an accident and severely injuring her lower back. After having surgery in December 2022, yes over a year later, and spending some time recuperating Annette made it back on stage in April 2023 to join me to entertain as part of the Kamo Club Dance Section Fall into Fall weekend. We had a great Saturday afternoon show playing to an appreciative audience and watching some awesome dancing from the stage. Thank you to all that supported the show it was very much appreciated.
On Saturday the 22nd April we managed to catch up with the members of The Mountain Mist Band, Richard, Tiny and Ivan for a long overdue practice for the Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival. We are certainly looking forward to the weekend and being back together again on stage with the band. See our poster for times and venues for our weekend gigs 12th, 13th and 14th May.

We have also been asked to entertain at the Poroti Tavern on the 27th May. Apparently it’s a great little country pub so looking forward to seeing how that goes. Come on out for a meal and great music. We will be starting around 6pm so won’t finish too late.
Wednesday 5th July we will be back at the Kamo Club to entertain the Dance Section 7pm-9:30pm. Always a great time playing for these guys and gals. Come along and try out your dancing shoes.
Then finally we are off to New Plymouth to entertain for the Merrilands CMC. I say finally as this gig has been in the pipeline since 2021 but due to Covid lockdowns had to be postponed a couple of times. So, third times a charm as they say. Looking forward to a great dance night on Saturday 15th July. If you are in the area come along. We will be at the New Plymouth Club 55 Gill Street. It’s going to be an awesome night.

That’s about it for now folks. Keep an eye on our Facebook page as well for interesting titbits and info on where we are and what we will be doing and remember to keep it country. Best wishes
Annette and Kim

March 2022

Hi Folks
As you are all aware Entertainers of all descriptions have been doing it tough over the last couple of years. Lets hope that things will return to some kind of normal sometime in 2022. Like so many artists Annette and I have had to look at different avenues to get our music out to all of our fans and friends and hopefully you are enjoying what we are doing.

Before we look at the year so far we would like to look back on the second half of 2021 and the gigs that we managed to get to do and the ones that had to be canceled. Which we won’t dwell on for too long.
Following on from the 2021 BOI festival, which seems a lifetime ago, we were privileged to attend the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the NZCMA held at the Mellinium Hotel in Rotorua at the beginning of June. We had an awesome weekend catching up with so many of the friends we have made in country music over the years during our time competing on the awards circuit. Which for Annette dates back to the late 1970’s. Thank you Michael and Ashley and your Committee for a wonderful weekend.

During July we took time out and traveled to the South Island. Both being able to catch up and spend time with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful scenery and just chill out for a few weeks.
Then along came August and another Lockdown, Traffic Lights and canceled Shows and gigs, a few being; our regular Whangarei Special Olympics Fundraiser concert in August scheduled to include Dave Ewart Jr and Te Whanau, hopefully we can get this up and running this year, Octobers Branded Festival in Te Aroha, Merrilands CMC Fundraiser concert in November in New Plymouth and the Kamo Club Dance Sections Christmas Break Up one of the regular gigs for us. Very disappointing to say the least.

December and Christmas also saw us sending out Christmas song videos to hopefully bring a little joy to everyone in the festive season with our special guest Alex Dickson sitting in on a few songs.
January saw a slight easing of restrictions but enough for us to attend the Egmont Country Music Festival in New Plymouth so fingers crossed for 2023. However we were able to attend the outdoor music days with the Northern Wairoa CMC held at Ken and Elain Foster’s home in Te Kopuru overlooking the Mighty Northern Wairoa River. So nice to be performing “live” again as it were with good friends and good music in a relaxing location.

We now also needed to start thinking outside the square regarding our music and how to move forward with it and build on the work we have been doing during the Lockdowns. We have been entering songs in International Songwriting competitions and at present have one titled “Smoke and Perfume” in the top 30 list for the Australian Songwriters Association competition so fingers crossed for this also. We are beginning to ramp up our YouTube account by releasing all our original songs over the coming weeks and months. Please “Like” and “Subscribe” to our YouTube account and keep up to date with our music. We will also be uploading these songs to Spotify and/or iTunes so that you can purchase them to listen to at your leisure. We are also recording new original songs the first being “We All Make Promises” recorded with Alex Wallace at Huanui Studio, Whangarei, New Zealand and Brett Cave at Mayhem Music, Kamo, New Zealand. There are 2 or 3 more in the pipeline so keep an eye out for those in the coming months finances willing. Being unable to earn an income through our music has been tough and we know many artists are in the same situation but we are grateful for what we are still able to do. So we look forward to bringing you new songs from us this year and we will try to put up some new videos as well. Not sure about going “Live” yet as my computer skills are not the greatest, however, we may give it a go. Annette will let me know. Well, that’s about it for now. Take care of yourselves everyone and remember to keep it country.

Best wishes

Annette and Kim

February 2022

Hi Everyone 

HI everyone, giging and shows are off the cards at the moment with all that’s happening around the world and not just here in NZ, it’s effecting us all on some level. From us to you all, we thank you for your continued support and listening to our music, Stay safe, till we can meet again in person..


We are very excited to debut our brand new song titled “We All Make Promises” written by Kim Copedo. The song has been a real work in progress over the last 3 to 4 years and was finally completed during the first COVID lockdown in 2020. It was performed live with The Mountain Mist Band at the 2021 Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival which gave us the impetus to take the next step and take the song into the recording studio. This has been made possible with the assistance of two very talented people, Alex Wallace at Huanui Studios, Glenbervie, Whangarei for Instrumentation, Engineering and Mastering ( with the help of Annette and Kim ) and Brett Caves at Music Mayhem , Kamo, Whangarei for vocal recording. Definitely a new way of recording for us both but we are very happy with the final result and the amazing experience of working with Alex and Brett. We hope you all will enjoy this new song as well. Be sure to “Like” and ” Subscribe” to our YouTube channel as there are more songs to come. Big thank you to Annette for the slideshow to accompany the song.

Keeping it country.

Annette & Kim

1st Dec – Kamo Club Dance Section Xmas Break Up

Wednesday 1st Dec 2021

Kamo Club Dance Section Xmas Break Up

Kamo Club

20th November – Merrilands Country Music Club Fundraiser Concert

Saturday 20th November 2021

Merrilands Country Music Club Fundraiser Concert

6th,17th October – Branded Country Music Festival – Te Aroha

Saturday/Sunday 16th,17th October

Branded Country Music Festival

Te Aroha

15th September – Private Gig – Kamo Club

Wednesday 15th September

Private Gig

Kamo Club

28th August 2021 Northland Institute Of Quarries – Private Gig

Saturday 28th August 2021

Northland Institute Of Quarries

Kamo Club – Private Gig

22nd August – Whangarei Special Olympic Fund Raiser Concert

Sunday  22nd August 2021 

Whangarei Special Olympic Fund Raiser Concert

Kamo Club 1.30pm-4.30

Year So Far Update – 2021

Hi Folks

Most of you will be keeping up to date with what we have been doing through our Facebook page which Annette does an amazing job of keeping current. But we thought we would bring our Web page up to date as well and cover some of the shows we have done since January. So here goes.

January 2nd and 3rd – Annette was invited to perform at the Wai – Worri Country Muster held on Phil Godfrey’s property at Aranga a little settlement just north of Dargaville. And an awesome spot it is at that. This year the festival was supporting “Kids with Arthritis” charity. Other artists performing along with Annette were; festival convenor herself Carleen Stll, Dave Ewart Jr, Wendy Maree and Entranzet (Tracey- Maree and Nick Houia). Backing bands for the weekend were “The Wai Worri Band” Ray, Ted, Bruce and Dan and “The Tradesmen” John, Robin, Kevin and Bob. Mostly fantastic sunny weather was enjoyed by the appreciative audience with the odd shower of rain making an appearance. A great weekend had by all that attended. A fantastic job done by Carleen and Phil and their team of volunteers to make the festival the success that it is and raising nearly five and a half thousand dollars for the charity. Congratulations to Wayne and June Alderton on winning the Yamaha acoustic guitar kindly donated by the team at Wards Music Whangarei.

Saturday 23rd January saw us at the Kamo club entertaining. Not often we get a Saturday gig here, so nice for a change. Great to have family supporting us on the night. Check out the video of Aunty June dancing to “Living Next Door To Alice” she’s 90 don’t you know. Awesome time had with our friends at the club and our roadie Alex Dickson along for the night just for good measure.

February 26th we made our first appearance of the year at Whangarei RSA. Another great night entertaining familiar faces. Thanks to our regular supporters Yvonne, Donna, Jo, Carol and Alex. A large crowd always stays until the end dancing the night away. Hope to be back there soon.

We had a great night Saturday 13th March with the Towai community enjoying the America’s Cup finals on the large screen and providing entertainment at the Towai Hall for them after a day of games and good food. Fantastic day and evening had by all at this amazing community.

The following weekend 19th – 21st March we were in Dunedin at the Tairei Bowling Club as guests of the Silver Peaks Country Music Club performing for their annual Hoe Down. Glad to be there finally in 2021 as the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID. What an amazingly run weekend, special thanks to Margaret Webster, her committee and volunteers working behind the scenes. Brilliant team work putting everything together. Thank you to our hosts Francis and Graeme Partridge for opening their home to us and for your hospitality, much appreciated. Thanks also to Kevin for the taxi service and to Steven and Bill on sound for the weekend. Friday night we were entertained by the very talented duo Melissa and the Doctor ( Melissa Partridge and Hyram Ballard). Also great to catch up with Marie Haslemore, Kelvin Cummings and his lovely wife Marie and Bevan Gardener New Zealand’s very own John Denver.

Thoroughly enjoyed sitting back and listening to the talent through out the day with walk ups and the afternoon concerts were a delight. Great to see the youth concert well supported with the young ones keeping it country. Can’t forget young Austin, Melissa’s son, for entertaining us and keeping Kim occupied making and testing paper Planes throughout the weekend. Will catch up again one day Austin.

You never know who you are going to run into while away and wouldn’t you know it there were Allan and Audrey Lappin from Whangarei having a great time while travelling around the South Island in their Motorhome , lovely to see them. Allan and Audrey have joined us a couple of times on our Norfolk Island tours. Also lovely to catch up with Trish and Anita Dyer whom Annette had the pleasure of meeting on the Kevin Greaves USA Tour, Ngarita Carter from Balclutha and Faye Spittle from Crowell. Great to see you all again.

The friendships gained from these events are always a blessing. Thank you all for making us feel so welcome. Hope to catch up again soon.

Wednesday 7th April saw us entertaining at the Kamo Club for the Kamo Club Dance Section’s 21st birthday celebrations. What a great achievement, the dance section has been going just a little bit longer than Annette and I have been singing together. We have had the pleasure of being invited to entertain at many of their birthday celebrations over the years. Such a good crew to entertain for and we have made many friendships during those years. Congratulations Denise and John, Margaret, Ann, Pauline and Kevin, Wayne and June, Yvonne, Donna, Jo, Sally and Ray, Christine and Gary, Neville and all the dance section members. We have loved watching you all dance to our music over the years.

April 24th We had the pleasure of participating in Joy Adams’ StarBuddy Charitable Trust fundraiser show and dance held at the Te Kowhai Hall on Saturday night.
What is StarBuddy? StarBuddy Charitable Trust is a unique fundraising concept set up to support Charities, Schools, and Organisations working directly with children dealing with disabilities, severe illness, and special needs. To date over $30,000 has been raised by Joy and her team and distributed to worthy recipients.
We were joined by some of New Zealand’s finest Country entertainers including Joy herself. With the fabulous backing band consisting of Keith Willis (Bass), Robert Antonio (Drums), Derek Evans (Rhythm), Lance Murch (Lead) and performing an outstanding rendition of “Guitar Boogie” during the night, Joe Martin (Steel) and Carylann Martin (Keyboards and Accordion) as well as performing a number of songs. The very large audience was treated to a night of outstanding performances and danced the night away (including Annette & Kim) to tunes from John de Burgh, Craig Robertson, Dennis August, Gail Russell and  NZCMA Youth Ambassador Anna Tukuiologa.
There was a huge array of raffles to be won which included Dollars, Groceries, Dolls and Wooden Toys, Appliance Pack, Picnic Pack, Orchids, Flax and Flowers, CD/DVD pack and many more.

A big thank you to all the volunteers that support Joy to make shows such as this possible. Ray Fletcher (Sound), Brin Hitchens (Lighting) all those that helped out with meals and selling raffles, those taking tickets at the door and all those people helping with setting up and packing away chairs,tables and gear. There would be no show without your invaluable assistance. An amazingly delicious supper was enjoyed by all, thank you everyone for your contributions. From ourselves a big thank you to Yvonne and Peter and David and Louise for the accommodation and hospitality. Much appreciated and look forward to seeing you all again sometime in the future.
Keep and eye out for more of Joy’s StarBuddy shows you won’t be disappointed. Thank you Joy for inviting us to perform. We had a blast.

May 7,8,9th Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival.

An exciting time for us especially since last year’s festival had to cancelled. It was also a chance to get back with “The Mountain Mist Band” and play some country music together. We are so blessed to have these guys playing for us and with just a couple of practices under our belts it felt like old times. Along with Richard Pinny on Drums, Andrew Paterson on Pedal Steel, Tiny Heathcote on Bass we had a new member Ivan Hoete on Lead Guitar joining us for the weekend. We thank all these guys for their time, dedication and musicianship it is very much appreciated. It is a pleasure to share the stage with you all.

We had four great shows during the weekend beginning with the Paihia Sports Bar on Friday night with a great crowd in attendance ready to enjoy a weekend of country music from some of the best acts in New Zealand country music. The line up for Friday night was Te Whanau, Carleen and Her Crew, Reg McTaggert, The Karen Davy Band, Jamie Ham, Maria’s Hot Property and Rica Chez. Great way to kick off the weekend.

Saturday we had two shows one at the Ex- Servicemen’s Club and then the Kingsgate Autolodge both to good sized audiences. It was also great to catch up with so many friends in country music who we haven’t seen for so long, Sally and Brian Burgess, the Te Paa family, the Murray family, the Hantler family, Craig and Donna Robertson, Michael and Ashley Tipping, Bevan Gardener, Dan Cosgrove, Kylie Austin, Tracey-Maree and Nick Houia, Raymond and Esther Solomon, Carylann Martin, the Greaves family, Aly Cook, Mike McCarthy just to name a few.

Following the Friday night gig we had an awesome meal at the Thai Restaurant “Greens” with our good friends Des and Sharon Fatt, Yvonne Palmer and Donna Dodds. So nice to just chill out with good friends and good food. Then Saturday morning we were up earlyish and out for a lovely breakfast at Zane Greys with Annette’s nephews AJ and Alex Dickson. AJ had kindly offered to accompany his older brother Alex to the festival for the day.

Our final show on Sunday evening was at the Scenic Hotel so we didn’t have to travel far as we were staying at the Scenic just a short walk across the court yard to the stage. A big thank you to the management of the Scenic for offering accommodation to the artists. It is very much appreciated.

Special thanks go to Shirley May and her team for putting together another fabulous line up of entertainers and all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to put the festival together.

Thank you to our friends Yvonne Palmer and Lynette Porter for the videos and awesome photos taken during the festival.

Hope to see everyone again next year.

And that folks is about where we are at so far. Coming up we have a few private gigs, the 50th anniversary of the NZCMA in Rotorua on the 5th of June and the Branded Te Aroha festival in October.

Take care and remember to keep it country.

Best wishes

Annette and Kim