Bren­dan Du­gan re­cieves Benny Award

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Coun­try mu­sic leg­end Bren­dan Du­gan, who lives in Tau­ranga, re­cently re­ceived the Benny Award. The ac­com­plished singer has recorded 15 stu­dio al­bums, been on 15 US tours in­clud­ing a Grand Ole Opry per­for­mance in Nash­ville, and ap­peared on TV shows like Nash­ville Now. His lat­est record Honky Tonk He­roes also went to No 1 on the Top 40 Coun­try Songs Aus­tralian Air­play and Tasmanian In­de­pen­dent Coun­try charts.

Bay News caught up­with the artist to find out why the Benny Award is so spe­cial.

The Benny Award is the high­est hon­our that can be awarded to a New Zealand va­ri­ety per­former, how do you

feel about re­ceiv­ing that ac­co­lade?

I feel very hon­oured to re­ceive this award. I have won many over the years but this is the award I wanted be­cause it is awarded by the peo­ple in the in­dus­try.

Your ca­reer has spanned 50 years and 2019 is the first time you will be at­tend­ing the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val— why has it taken so long to make an ap­pear­ance and what are you look­ing for­ward to the most?

Re­ally look­ing for­ward to Tam­worth as I have al­ways been away when it has been on. My man­ager Aly Cook has put it to­gether and the show is sell­ing well on the back of our hit record­ing Honky Tonk He­roes on the Austal­ian top 40.

What is your mu­sic in­spired by and who are your favourite artists?

I have al­ways loved coun­try mu­sic since I first heard John Hore Grenell sing. So I love his mu­sic to this day, aswell as Merle Hag­gard.

How long have you lived in Tau­ranga and what do you like most about the Bay of Plenty? Just over 10 years and I love the weather.

How will you round off this year and do you plan to make an­other record— and if so, when?

Anew CD is next on the agenda and that will be No 15. I still have plenty of shows to do and fin­ish at the Ci­ti­zens Club with Den­nis Marsh for New Year’s Eve.

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