January/February 2017

Hi folks,

We had a fantastic weekend at the Marton Country Music Festival organized by Anne George and her local team. 20th -22nd January. The weather was changeable but that didn’t dampen the spirits of over 1000.00 country music fans, arriving in close to 400 mobile homes and caravans with a few hardier souls seating up tents. The weekend consisted of walk-ups and organized shows with invited guests. Friday nights Headliner was talented American country singer/ songwriter Beth Williams, supported by other NZ country artists,including Peter Frew, Phaidra Stokes, Jenni Smith, Carylann, Legal Tender, Toner Sisters. Saturday morning was chance for club members and country lovers to do walk ups.With Saturday afternoon featuring invited singers. The Saturday Night show was headlined by our very good friend and talented Australian Country singer/song writer Justin Standley.The night show was supported by the band Branded also featuring invited artists Lynn Crawford, Sean Pawson, Moll G Paige, Joy Adams, Craig Adams, Kylie Austin. Special thanks to the bands over the weekend for their hard yard and time its very much appreciated – Branded & Rimutaka Trail Band. Special thanks to the Club Hotel in Marton for having us for the weekend. To Tony & Kim Stewart thanks for your support guys. Great catching up with everyone, look forward to next time. It is with sadness that we farewell Anne George and her team we have enjoyed every festival that we have attended and we thank Anne for her support. We wish the new organizer all the very best for the continuation of the Marton Festival. Check out the photos from the 2017 festival….

Keeping it Country.

Annette & Kim