Country concerts a good show
We are back in the land of reality after a wonderful weekend of music, all performed by New Zealand artists at the annual Opotiki Charity Concerts.
There were three concerts over two days and they were absolutely fantastic. The artists, all hand picked by convener Mike Butterworth, included three from Tokoroa.
Keinan Nagapo and Barbara Manning and Joshua Grey performed as the group Unity and as the opening act, set the scene for what was to come.
Valerie Joyce sang two songs that brought tears to some eyes and later laughter – what more can an artist ask.
Backing vocalists Ali Blue and Sharon McIntyre were outstanding.
During the interval the audience was buzzing at what they had seen.
Talented MC Kylie Austin opened the second half, before performances by Philip Doublet, probably New Zealand’s best guitar player, and followed by Marian Burns, definitely the best fiddle player. The performances of these two alone was worth the admission fee, it really was a treat. There will be a DVD of the final concert.
Don’t miss the next one.