Joy in fronting up with top band

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

Good times: Blen­heim Coun­try Mu­sic Club mem­ber Ange Cook took the run­nerup spot in the over­all se­nior cat­e­gory at the 25th an­nual Golden Val­ley Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in Po­hara, Takaka. She also took first in fe­male gospel as well as sec­ond in fe­male open, song writ­ing, rock’n’roll and yo­delling. ‘‘The thrill of play­ing my gui­tar and singing with a top band of ex­pe­ri­enced mu­si­cians was the high­light for me,’’ she says. Ange wasn’t the only Marl­bor­ough mu­si­cian to do well, with Win­ston Knight win­ning male open and get­ting sec­ond in male gospel while the club’s youngest mem­ber Sally Cook, 11, took sec­ond in the ju­nior open and ju­nior gospel. Fel­low Blen­heim club mem­ber Laura Lowe won rock’n’roll and took sec­ond in in­stru­men­tal, while Laura Lowe, Chris Whit­nell and Melinda Goodger won the coun­try group cat­e­gory. An­other high­light for the Marl­buri­ans was the re­turn of for­mer club mem­ber to Marl­bor­ough coun­try mu­si­cian Matt McNeilly from Aus­tralia to per­form as a spe­cial guest mu­si­cian in the house band.

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