March/April 2011

Hi Folks

Gig wise March and April have been pretty quiet. We entertained at the Kamo Club Dance Section 11th birthday on the 2nd. It is always a good night with these guys.

The rest of the month was spent organizing the Dargaville concert on the 30th April. We visited Big River Fm on the 19th March and spent the morning with Phil Godfrey on air promoting the show.

In to April and on the 22nd we were at the Whangarei RSA entertaining the regulars and friends that support us when we play this venue.
The following week saw us in Dargaville on the Friday prepping the hall for the concert on Saturday. Annette had made an awesome glittery moon and stars to dress the stage backdrop and with cowboy boots, saddles and bridles and plants supplied by the garden centre the stage looked magic. Thank you to stan and his crew for setting out the chairs for us. One less job we had to worry about. We hired extra lighting and set the hall spots to where we wanted them. On Saturday Stan set the sound up and we attended to all the other tasks required to make the show run smoothly. The band had all set up by 12:00 and at 12:30 we were in to rehearsals.

We kicked off the show at 7:00 with “Guitar Boogie” from the band and were into it. Ken Foster the M.C. did a great job of the Merle Haggard classic” Swingin’ Doors” and then introduced Double Trouble consisting of Reba and Taylor Ryland who are 16 and 14 years old respectively. These two young ladies did an awesome job of their songs. They covered Mylie Cyrus, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and Sarah McLachlin with ease. It was exciting to back Reba and Taylor watch out for them in the future. Our good friend Graeme McCardle was his usual brilliant and funny self with a mix of traditional and modern country to get the crowd going. We must thank the Mountain Mist Band for all their hard work. These guys are amazing and are too good to us. Just brilliant muso’s and so easy to work with. Thank you guys. They make it so easy for Annette and I to perform. We finished the show with all the guests on stage singing “Country Road”.

Thank you to everyone that came to the show to support us and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. We raised over a $1000 for this cause.
Congratulations to Richard Tahu for winning the Western Guitar kindly donated by Wards Music in Whangarei. Also thank you to everyone that helped us during the weekend. There are too many to name but please know that we thank you all very much. Your support is appreciated. We hope you all enjoyed the show.

We now look forward to May and our Norfolk Island Tour. Annette will be compeering the New Zealand Showcase this year which will be exciting. We will meet our tour group at Auckland airport on Sunday the 15th. I know they are really going to enjoy the week on Norfolk. Not many sleeps to go now and don’t forget to pack your swimming togs.

Regards Annette & Kim

February 2011