Coun­try con­certs a good show

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By JOHN SIM­COCK

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.

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