March 2015 – Part 2

Hi Folks

Kevin & Ngarita  & James with Annette & KimOn the 27th of March we flew to Dunedin to entertain at the South Otago Town and Country Club in Balclutha. This was our first trip to this part of the country. We had been invited down by Ngarita Carter and the Balclutha Country Music Club. We were met at the airport by Ngarita and her partner Kevin Carson and headed down to Balclutha which is about 45 minutes south of the city. We settled in at Ngarita and Kevin’s home and prepared for the weekend.

On light house Kara pointSaturday morning Ngarita and Kevin took us to Kaka Point south of Balclutha to see the Lighthouse and to do some Seal spotting. This is an awesome part of the country, very rugged and wind swept with fantastic views. It is just a short walk to the Lighthouse and the Nuggets which are a cluster of rocky out crops located below the Lighthouse. There were plenty of Seals doing their thing on the rocks and in the ocean. We then headed home for lunch and to prepare for the show.

Graeme PartridgeAt about 4:30 James Durham, the sound man, arrived and we set off to help set up the gear and following a lovely buffet dinner we were on. We had an awesome night and it was great to finally meet the people that have been buying our cd’s for a number of years and to put faces to the names. It was especially nice to catch up with Colin Clarke and his wife. Colin has been writing to us and buying cd’s ever since he heard us on Radio Dunedin a few years ago. It was great to see Graeme Partridge again also. Graeme is Melissa’s dad and is also a member of Dunedin Country Music Club. Graeme and Melissa are also inductees of “America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame”. Cowboy & Annette & KimGreat to meet Cowboy and his friends as well, also Chris Collins who’s dad Neil works for Radio Dunedin and to our good friend Graeme Fyffe who first started playing our music on Radio Dunedin. We would like to thank everyone that supported us on the night and for showing your appreciation for our music we hope to see you all again in the near future. Thank you Ngarita for inviting us down and to you and Kevin for your hospitality we had a wonderful time.

Thank you also Balclutha Chris Collins with Annette & KimCountry Music Club and especially James for helping out on sound. Thank you to Jen and the staff at the South Otago Town and Country Club for your support and for a great meal. We finally got to bed at around 1:30am after meeting every one, having a chat and taking a few photos. We were up at 6:30 and at the airport at 9:15 for our flight home at 10:00. We were back in Whangarei at around 4:30pm ready for the cricket final, but we won’t say too much about that. We have a bit of a break now to get ready for the B.O.I. Festival and our Norfolk trip. We still have a couple of places left on our tour group but you will have to be quick if you want to join us for this fun filled week of country music.

Until next time take care and keep it country.

Best wishes

Annette and Kim