Golden gui­tarist

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

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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.

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