November/December 2015

Hi Folks

Before we venture into November / December news we must mention the Ruatangata hall fundraiser on October 31st. There was a good turnout of locals who enjoyed a very successful show put on by local talent. The acts included a dance performance by Grace, a saxophone solo by Matt, piano playing and sing along by Tim Hempleman, a solo performance by Monica Nance with musical interludes by Annette and myself. It was a great evening with everyone getting into the spirit and supporting the raffles which raised a good amount of money for the hall account.

The next day, November 1st, we were guest artists at the Northern Wairoa Country Music Club. This was also a great afternoon and we would like to thank Margaret, Ken, the band and committee for asking us to perform. The Northern Wairoa club was the first club that I was a member of and I can remember winning the “Most Improved Vocalist” trophy in 1976, which I still have. It was great to see a variety of artists performing and we look forward to returning in the future.

On the 14th of November we were back in Balclutha for our 2nd visit. We had a great night and it was awesome to catch up with so many people that are supporting our music in the South Island. Thanks to Ngarita, Kevin, James and all their helpers also South Otago Town and Country Club, the Balclutha Country Music Club and Graeme at Radio Dunedin for all your support as well. Your southern hospitality was fantastic and we look forward to a future visit.

We would also like to congratulate our very good friends, Queenie Ututoanga and Len Field, on their wedding on the 28th November. Sorry we could not celebrate with you but we wish you both all the very best for your future together and look forward to catching up with you both sometime soon.

Sadly, also in November we lost our dear friend and Aussie mum Barb Goldsmith. We will never forget her and feel blessed to have had Barb in our lives.

As we head into the festive season it is with reflection on the year that has been and anticipation on the year ahead of us. We were once again at the Kamo Club Dance Section’s Xmas breakup. We always enjoy performing for these guys and this year was no exception. Quite a group of them will be joining us on Norfolk Is next year and we are definitely looking forward to that. Don’t forget we will be back at the Kamo Club on Wednesday the 13th of January with special guest Allan Webster direct from Australia via Aranga from 7:30pm till 10pm. This will be a great night.

Last Friday, 11th December, we finished our final gig for the year at the Whangarei RSA. There was a great turnout and everyone had a fantastic night and were still dancing the night away at the end of the night. Thank you to everyone that supported us on the night and to everyone that has supported us during the year. We really do appreciate it. Don’t forget also that we will be at the RSA on Sunday the 10th January to do a concert with Allan Webster from 1:00pm – 4pm. Don’t miss these two great shows.

That’s about it for the 2015 folks. Please take care of yourselves over the Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Take care and keep it country

Best wishes

Annette and Kim