The Miti family wowed them again in Gore, but it may have been their last hurrah at the Gold Guitars.
The Cannons Creek trio of Sonny, Justina and Tiana Miti took home another swag of trophies at the country music event, held over Queen’s Birthday weekend.
They beat out dozens of acts to win the senior instrumental and vocal sections, and the busking competition – where they set up in a cafe.
Tiana also came first in the intermediate country-rock division.
After enjoying a family trip driving down to Southland, Sonny says they were happy with their achievements.
The Gold Guitars regularly attract more than 600 competitors from junior to open categories, and crowds of more than 5000.
‘‘It’s the second time down there for us [ they earned trophies at the Gold Guitars in 2010] and the standard of competition made it tough,’’ Sonny says.
‘‘But the Gold Guitars is something you have to go to if you are singing country music. We wanted to challenge ourselves and see how far we can go.’’
For the instrumental award, the trio’s ‘‘duelling banjos’’ set wowed the judges.
It was probably their last performance at the Gold Guitars. While they may continue to perform locally at events like Festival of the Elements, studies, school and jobs are taking priority.
Due to their excellent reputation, a nice side-earner for the Mitis is ‘‘corporate work’’ – providing the background music at functions.
The Mitis, who have been singing together for seven years, are part of the North City Country Music Club based at Porirua Club.
‘‘We practise when we can, getting together in the holidays. You have to balance a few things but we really enjoy what we do,’’ Sonny says.
Golden singing: Justina, Sonny and Tiana Miti showed off their country singing prowess at the Gold Guitars in Gore last month. Younger sister Brigidine is often part of the group, too.