Winners are back from the USA to help celebrate country music club’s birthday
Two south Taranaki country musicians and members of Palmerston North’s Wagon Wheels Country Music Group, have plenty to show off at the club’s seventh birthday celebrations this Saturday.
Ian and Helen Braithwaite from Manaia regularly attend the monthly Wagon Wheels club days in Palmerston North. However, for the last couple of months the couple have have been in the USA where they picked up a Life Time Country Music Achievement Award at the 40th Festival of the American Old Time Transitional Bluegrass & Folk Country Music Association.
Held in Lemars, Missouri, the association founded by musicians Bob and Shella Everhart, is behind the biggest country music festival in the USA.
Helen and Ian who run the Taranaki Country Music Hall of Fame have been involved in the genre for over 45 years. Influenced by Susan Rae of LAInternational Airport fame, Helen has been in performing country since 1962 and does a great version of this song, while Ian’s main influence has been Merle Haggard.
Guest artists at a number of festivals around the country including the Woodend Festival in Christchurch, Helen and Ian will be visiting the Dargaville Country Music Club in November.
The Wagon Wheels Country Music Group celebrates its seventh birthday at the West End School Hall, Botanical Rd, from 1pm this Saturday October 24. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an afternoon of country music with Helen and Ian. Adults are $3, and children up to 14 free. Inquiries to Ian Franklin 358 4993 or email@example.com