January 2011

Hi Folks

We hope you all had an awesome Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year. We are definitely looking forward to 2011. We have some exciting things organized for the year and hope you all will be a part of them in one way or another. The year has already started as on the 1st and 2nd we were guests at Phil Godfreys Wy Worry Woolshed Country Music Festival held at his property at Aranga. What an awesome spot it is. Just a stones throw away from some of Northlands most popular tourist attractions i.e. Kai Iwi Lakes, Trounson Park, Monganui Bluff and Waipoua Forest to name just a few. The weather and music were fantastic and Des and Sharon Fatt did an awesome job on the BBQ keeping everyone fed throughout the two days. It was great to catch up with Rewa MacGregor again. I remember meeting Rewa for the first time last century, which would have been about 1996 or ’97 at the Masterton Awards if I’m not mistaken. That’s one of the great things about country music you just never know when you are going to bump into old friends. It was also nice to meet Kathy Little who is originally from Te Kopuru but now resides in Perth. Kathy has been playing our music on her radio show through Perth Community Radio Station 95.3fm. Anyone wanting to listen to her show can log on to www.6eba.com.au and follow the links. Kathys on air name is Kaz. It was great to do an interview for her during the festival as we really do appreciate her support. It’s nice to know our music is getting air play in another country. We must also thank Phil and everyone at Big River fm for their support as well and look forward to repaying that support later in the year.

We had a great afternoon at the Kawakawa Railway Station on Sunday the 30th in support of the Vintage Railway. They need the funds more than ever now since the storm on Friday 28th washed out a lot of the track they had just recently laid. It was hard to imagine the amount of water that went through the township and many others in the north as well in the 12 to 18 hours and the damage it left in its wake. A good crowd turned out even though some of the roads were still blocked or only just opening again on Sunday afternoon. They were very appreciative of the variety of talent which Shirley had organized for the concert. We must thank Robbie Martin and his band Mirage , Wattie, Riff and Thomas for backing us for our set it was much appreciated guys. The concert was well emceed by John Carter who once again kept the show running smoothly and on time. Thanks to all our friends that came along to support us and the vintage railway .

Well, we are really getting excited about our Aussie trip. Not long to go now just hope it stops raining before we get there. We have been practising flat out for this festival and want to put our best foot forward. The 11th will be a long day though with travelling to Auckland a flight to Melbourne and a 4 hour bus trip up to Barham all in the one day. We arrive in Barham about 8:30pm. Then from Sunday it is a week of country music. Will let you know how we get on next month.

Remember we still have places left on our Norfolk Island Tour in May but seats are going quick. Please contact us if you would like to join us for an incredible week on Norfolk Island listening to some great country music.

Take Care and Keep it Country

November / December 2010