Guitarist Joseph Balfe won first overall in the instrumental section for his age group at the New Zealand Gold Guitar awards in Gore on the weekend of May 30-31. He topped that off with a win in the solo/duo at the Smokefree Rock Quest regional final (for
What school do you attend/ year are you in?
Waitaki Boys’ High School, year 12.
What charity would you give money to?
I would probably give to the Rotary Club of Oamaru to give out as they have a better understanding of where it’s needed.
Are you a night owl or a lark?
Night owl, parents always late back from restaurant!
Are you a dog or a cat person? Dog. Tell us about your family? My parents run Filadelfios and I have two older brothers who are out of town. My uncle Robert Gonzales and family also live in Oamaru.
What are your hopes for the future?
To become a full-time touring musician. Best advice you ever got? Practice . . . lots! Favourite other country? Probably the Philippines, have a lot of family there. Do you have any hobbies? Art, I play badminton four times a week, and play guitar, lol!
What food? Changes weekly. What do you love about the region?
Not like any other town, and a lot of creative people here. What was your first job? Making pizzas! What is your favourite subject at school and why?
Music! I like physics too
is your favourite
’cos it’s the subject that explains pretty much everything.
If you could live in any time in history, when would it be?
Probably in the 1950s when Chet Atkins was in his prime. Favourite quotation? ‘‘All music that is played well is good. If it’s not played well – then it’s not so good.’’ Not sure who it was though.
Guitarist Joseph Balfe is on a roll after wins at the Gold Guitar Awards in Gore and the Smokefree Rockquest South Canterbury final.