Coun­try mu­sic fo­cus on fam­ily

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

A fo­cus on fam­ily will be a fit­ting theme for the guest per­form­ers at the next Mata­mata Coun­try Mu­sic Club night.

The club holds a theme night an­nu­ally in Novem­ber and this year, on the 18th, it will in­clude a spe­cial per­for­mance by the Ste­wart fam­ily.

Club sec­re­tary Ash­ley Tip­ping says the fam­ily has roots deeply em­bed­ded in the club and in coun­try mu­sic.

Mur­ray Ste­wart is the club vice pres­i­dent and wife Lisa is re­spon­si­ble for var­i­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion and host­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

As for the four Ste­wart chil­dren, there’s Caleb, who works for Laser Plumb­ing Mata­mata, his sis­ter Gemma is in her sec­ond year train­ing as a mid­wife.

Ali­cia is fin­ish­ing a bach­e­lor of arts de­gree at Otago Univer­sity in mu­sic and psy­chol­ogy and Narelle, is study­ing oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy at WIN­TEC in Hamil­ton.

The fam­ily have been fi­nal­ists in the NZ Coun­try Mu­sic Awards, for en­ter­tainer of the year.

‘‘To have the Ste­warts as guest artists is re­ally ex­cit­ing,’’ says Ash­ley.

‘‘I’m not sure of the last time they per­formed to­gether, but it was a while.’’

Fam­ily is very im­por­tant for the Mata­mata Coun­try Mu­sic Club, and it’s a night many in the club are ex­cited about.

‘‘We have so many fam­i­lies, so we wanted to give them all a chance to get up with their dads, mums and sis­ters, and sing to­gether.

‘‘The club is a safe place for singers, where it doesn’t mat­ter what your abil­ity is, it’s just a great place to get up with the band.

‘‘Even though it’s a coun­try mu­sic club, we of­fer va­ri­ety. So kids who want to sing, but per­haps not a coun­try mu­sic song, can get up and sing any­thing.’’

Ash­ley’s hus­band Michael is club pres­i­dent.

He presents the The McKin­ley Fam­ily tro­phy to the mem­ber of the month.

The tro­phy was do­nated by Lyn­ley McKin­ley, in hon­our of her hus­band Kerry who died in April, 2015.

They were both mem­bers with the Mata­mata Coun­try Mu­sic Club.

The Coun­try Mu­sic Club meets ev­ery third Fri­day of the month, at the Mata­mata Pri­mary School Hall.

Doors open at 6pm, en­ter­tain­ment starts at 7pm. En­try is $4 for non mem­bers.


The Ste­wart fam­ily will be per­form­ing at this month’s Mata­mata Coun­try Mu­sic fam­ily-themed club night.

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