Country music coming to Green
An annual music concert will bring five country clubs from the central North Island to Matamata.
In just under two weeks, Matamata Country Club is hosting its fifth annual CM on the Green concert on Saturday, February 11.
Clubs performing with Matamata include Morrinsville, Phoenix from Rotorua, Hauraki and Coastal from Tauranga.
Matamata Country Music Club secretary Ashley Tipping is excited to see the event coming together, and she loves being able to utilise the outside stage at the Railside by the Green, for which the event is named.
Up to 200 people attended the event last year, and they are expecting the same numbers if not more this year.
She says the atmosphere is very relaxed. People are invited to bring a picnic blanket or chairs and settle in for six hours of country music from some very talented musicians, many whom will be performing at this event for the first time.
She is hoping people who may not have had much exposure to country music will come along. She says many people have an attitude that country music is old, or western, but in fact it is the opposite.
‘‘We just have this mindset in NZ that country music is old and they focus on the western side. But the way country music is going, it’s not western anymore, it’s very modern. But we love both sides, the older and the new. You have to embrace the new, that’s where it’s going.
‘‘For me, every country song, in some way, has the most amazing story telling throughout the genre, in the way they are written and it’s also so relatable.
‘‘It’s not often you hear a country song you can’t relate to. It’s a really personal genre.’’
She says country music clubs have been great supporters of the younger generation taking the stage, not only to nurture their talent, but to ensure the future of the clubs and it’s music.
‘‘If we don’t encourage it in our younger singers, there won’t be a lot left.’’
One young Matamata club member performing very well in the country music scene is Haley Cole, who at just 15-years-old will be the youngest ever competitor in the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year competition, which will be held in Norfolk Island in May. The concert starts at 11am, and will also include raffles, a BBQ and a range of different food trucks will be on site.
Michael and Ashley Tipping will be among the performers at the CM on the Green concert this month.