Golden good­bye

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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