September 2009

Hi Folks

Well, sorry it’s been so long. But we have been waiting for work to be completed on our website which will enable us to update information ourselves and also to put our music on itunes or amazon so that people can download it if we chose to go that way.

Since our last news update quite a few things have been happening. I will try to recall them all in chronological  order as best I can. In April we performed at the Annual Mobile Home Convention in Kaikohe. A massive turn out of nearly 1000 mobile homes with only a couple of fire call outs while we were singing. A huge marquee was set up for the Easter convention with dance floor and seating plus a huge stage.

In May our band was all set to go for the Paihia Festival and what a great time we all had. It was so nice to perform with a live band and the crowds were very enthusiastic and appreciative. We must thank Ian, Tiny and Richard for all their hard work, dedication to the cause and awesome talents. They really made us look and sound good. Thanks guys. Also thanks to Richard and Susan for the breakfast on Sunday and to Loie , Tinys partner, for being our sales and marketing manager for the weekend. She did a roaring trade with our cds.

Also in May we took another tour group to Norfolk Island for the country music festival. I have included the run down of the tour which I wrote for the club news letter at the end of this article.

June saw us playing for the Kamo Club Dance Section Birthday for another year. Always a pleasure to entertain these guys they really enjoy their dancing.

In July we were invited to do a guest spot for Tutjana and Wagon Wiremu.They organized a great concert to raise funds for their trip to Entertainer in October to held in Rotorua. Tutjana is an entrant in the junior section and Wagon, her grandfather, is an entrant in the veterans section. They had an awesome line up of guests including Marion Burns, Ray Solomon ,Chris Powley and Hannah Cosgrove just to name a few. Tutjana was one of the guest artists to perform on Norfolk Island this year. She is a fabulous singer.

Waitemata invited us back to their birthday concerts again this year which was held in August at the Playhouse Theatre in Glen Eden. What a great little venue this is. The word is that they were more successful than the previous years shows so that was a buzz for us considering we were the guest artist last year as well. It was great to see the crowd come back to see us. Thank you to the Waitemata club for their wonderful hospitality.

Coming up in October I am off  to the Entertainer on the 3rd to sing my original song “Tonight She’ll Go Back To Him” which won the original song section at the Auckland awards in July.

On the 11th of October we are having a concert at the Kamo Club to release Annettes new cd “I’m Still Here” we are calling it the “Hometown cd Release Concert”. We have some awesome guests appearing and will be backed by our band from Paihia. Tickets are $10-00 and children 15 and under are free. Its going to be a great show so don’t miss it tickets are limited.

We have had some other exciting things going on as well since our last update. Our album “Something Between Us” made the top three finalists in the “Best Country Album 2009” section of the Tui awards which was won by Tami Neilson of Auckland. We also made the top three finalists in the Kiwi Pro-am National Country Music Awards “Best Duo/Group 2009” section which was won by the Topp Twins.

Following on from “Wake Up And Smell The Whiskey” reaching NUMBER ONE on the European Country Music Assoc. Radio Chart Top 100 the song Chattahoochee also from our duo album has reached number 19 on the same chart. Plus we have been nominated as a TOP FIVE finalist in the European Country Music Association Awards “Best Vocal Collaboration of the Year” and “Best Duo of the Year” sections. So we will keep you posted on the results. We must thank Ross Allen of Hillcrest Music for selecting the songs which have done so well for us in Europe. We are just blown away.

At present we are organizing next years tour to the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival which will be held from the 15th – 22nd of May 2010 and are looking for registrations of interest. So if you love country music and South Pacific islands give us a call and we send you one of our flyers. We would love to have you join us.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone for their continued support it is very much appreciated. As I say at the many shows we perform at it is our pleasure and privilege to share our music with you. And to anyone from the South Island reading this especially our friends and supporters in Nelson and Dunedin we look forward to seeing you all in the near future.

Best Wishes and Keep it Country

Annette and Kim