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A big welcome to all our visitors to Tauherenikau Race Course. This month will be a very busy one for us, hosting our January race meeting which will be well known to many of you, and now the Wairarapa Country Music Festival. This is the third year our club has hosted the event and we are delighted with the support we have received from our community and of course all of you here visiting for the three days. We are amazed at the number of people arriving from all around the country. Motorhomes and caravans are all parked out the back and will have a wonderful
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It’s a great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 3rd Wairarapa Country Music Festival at Tauherenikau Racecourse. We are so pleased that you have chosen to hold the festival in South Wairarapa again this year. Those of you who attended last year will already know how great Tauherenikau is, its laid-back atmosphere, tucked back from the road and surrounded by shady trees. Just five minutes’ drive from both Featherston and Greytown, recently voted New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Small Town, the racecourse is the perfect place to kick
time enjoying the festivities. I would like to acknowledge the support from South Wairarapa Rotary and Masterton Trust House whose support has assisted us in hosting this festival. I would also like to acknowledge the partnership the Wairarapa Racing Club has with Wayne and Sandy Tapson and their team from Kidnappers Country in Hawke’s Bay who work tirelessly to make this event a success year after year. And we would like to thank you for attending. Make sure you enjoy what our lovely region has to offer while you are in Wairarapa. Have fun and relax. You are in for a great weekend.
back, chill out and enjoy country music. Please don’t chill out in this stunning setting for your whole stay as there are many other outstanding places to visit in South Wairarapa. This family-friendly music festival has been designed to cater for a variety of country music fans. We hope you enjoy the line-up which provides everything from giving budding musicians a chance to gain recognition through to industry professionals showcasing their talents. South Wairarapa District Council welcome all visitors with open arms and sincerely hope you enjoy your stay in our district.
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The voice on the other end of the phone on a Friday morning is intelligent and articulate. I know from various press releases that Jody Direen was born in Mosgiel and grew up in Wanaka. But I’m curious to find out where she is right now on the other end of the line - visiting friends in Hokitika and about to drive east to Christchurch to fly out to Australia. “I’m living out of a suitcase at the moment. I’m constantly on the road between Australia and New Zealand. I’m never in one place for more than three or four days - it’s pretty full on.” Direen went professional five years ago when she was 20, writing and recording her debut album Here We Go in 2011. The album was received well and the next year she won the Horizon Award at the New Zealand Country Music Awards.
only just beginning to open their eyes a little bit. It’s still all new to a lot of country music lovers in New Zealand.”
This came with a guest spot at the Global Artist Showcase which kicks off the CMA Festival - the biggest country music festival in the world.
Hence the significance of appearing at the Wairarapa Country Music Festival and other North Island venues.
Direen stayed on in Nashville to write and record her next album Breaks Out, with USbased talent management company Bear Grylls Ventures managing her. Direen has since enjoyed numerous Top 10 singles in Australia and New Zealand, signed with major record label ABC Music and partner label Universal Music, and performed alongside some of the world’s biggest country superstars such as Lady Antebellum, Kelsey Ballerini, Kenny Rogers and LeAnn Rimes. This year her third album Shake Up won Best Country Album at the 2017 New Zealand Country Music Awards. “I think some New Zealanders still have a stereotypical view of country music, shaped by the greats like Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and Loretta Lyn. “Country music has evolved but it is still not played on mainstream radio. People have no way of discovering the music. They are
“This summer is the first time I’m doing a lot of shows in the North Island. The South Island is where I have played much of my career and I have a really strong following down there. I’m looking forward to the North Island and sussing the scene out.” Direen is promising a high-energy performance as the headline act at on the Saturday night at the festival. “My performance will be high energy, with a few intimate acoustic guitar tracks, but with the support of my band I will rev it up so people can get up and dance and have an amazing night.” Direen was given her first guitar by her grandmother but it was her mother’s musical tastes that influenced her most. “She just inspired me. Mum has a huge passion for music and introduced me to artists like the Dixie Chicks. “It was like I was almost born to do this. It just resonated with me as soon as I started hearing it.
“I grew up in a rural environment and country music goes with that lifestyle. Nowadays country music can be an escape for people who live in cities. But the roots of the music will always be the country, living off the land, because that’s where it came from.” Next winter Direen is hoping to write and record new material for a fourth album, possibly in Nashville. “I like to use Nashville session musicians. Nashville is so competitive that I think there is a level of playing there that is hard to get on this side of the world. And it is the world where country music comes from.” Direen’s songs are largely based on love and relationships as well as the occasional heartbreak song. “I try to keep the songs true to myself. There’s a wildness and purity about them – part of which is shaped by the outdoors.” “The subject matter is changing lots with the stages of my life. My first album was quite unemotional - feel good party songs. It wasn’t very personal. “My most recent album has a lot more heart and soul, and my next will be even more so. As I get older, I’m getting better able to translate feelings in more efficient ways.”
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Dream run for country duo The past 10 years have been an incredible journey for Cooper’s Run. New Zealand IDOL finalist Ashley Cooper and singer/ songwriter Michael Tipping began performing as a duo in September 2008, working clubs and private parties around northern New Zealand. Just one month later they won the Rising Star Award at the Variety Artist Club Annual Awards Show. From that moment on they were working non-stop in New Zealand, Australia and the United States and were named New Zealand Country Music Song Writers of the Year. Cooper’s Run were the very first Kiwi act to appear on the Country Music Association’s Global Artist Party in Nashville Tennessee. Viewed by over 40 million people, they were backed by legendary singer/ songwriter Pam Tillis’ band. During the trip to the United States, Cooper’s Run met producer Jeff Huskins and the very same night sessions were scheduled using the finest engineers and musicians in Nashville. Arriving home, they were booked to open for Glen Campbell’s New Zealand tour. In 2010 Cooper’s Run were crowned New Zealand Country Duo/Group of the year at the National Country Music Awards. In 2011 they supported Grammy award winning Nashville band Lady Antebellum for their first New Zealand show and in 2012 supported Kenny Rogers. Cooper’s Run has appeared on the Johnny High Country Music Revue, the springboard for such superstars as LeAnn Rimes and Steve Holy.
2013 saw another huge year for Cooper’s Run releasing their studio album “Unfinished” as well as reclaiming their title as NZCMA Duo-Group of the Year. 2014 Cooper’s Run left their stamp on Georgia, having completed their first international tour in June. While there, Cooper’s Run recorded Made in Georgia, their first album with all original music. Made in Georgia produced #1 single “Burn the Moonlight”. The album took top spot on the ITunes album charts and debuted at #9 on the Official NZ top 20 Albums charts. Last year was another big one for Cooper’s Run who opened for Scotty McCreery and LeAnn Rimes. With two young children aged two and five, the couple are taking a break from touring at present, playing gigs not too far from their home in Matamata, mostly in Hawke’s Bay and Auckland. But they remain involved in the local country music scene, recording such artists as Dennis August and Joy Adams at their own studio, says Ashley.
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“We used to go to the United States every six months but we are not doing that now. But we are planning to record with John Johnson in Georgia next year. We met John touring Georgia and Nashville and recorded our last album with him. We loved the chemistry and we all worked well together. “We are going to write a lot of new songs. It’s nice not having to rush, and making an album that is close to the vision that we want for it.” Ashley and Michael have known each other since they were 11 years old, performing in the same country music club scene. While their style is contemporary, their roots are old school country, Ashley says. “Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merl Haggard and Patsy Cline is where our love is, but we put a modern flavour on it. As an artist your music is always changing and you are changing too.”
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Plenty of fire in this piano man Returning to Wairarapa for the Country Music Festival, Gerry Lee shows no sign of slowing down. Expect the same high-energy performance as in previous years with lots of crashing chords, country boogie and straight ahead rock and roll. A real crowd pleaser, Lee always gets all ages on the dance floor at the country music festival. But, like a rolling stone, Lee continues to gather no musical moss. His mind remains open to new musical discoveries. If he likes them enough and they work on stage he incorporates them into his show. Of late Gerry has been enjoying his Hank Williams, giving the fifties legend’s classics an extra edge in his versions. He’s also been dipping into the vaults to enjoy Ray Charles, and recently added Iggy Pop’s “Real Wild Child (Wild One)” - “people just love it”.
The similarity in names is coincidental but not the music. Rock and roll stars like Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard featured in his dad’s record collection. Gerry started playing his family’s stand up piano when he was 10 years old. “The first song I learned was [Scott Joplin’s ragtime hit] The Sting. I listened to it and started to pick out the notes on the piano.
Numbers by Tom Petty, added after the American rocker’s death, have also struck a chord.
“I did take lessons for three years from a teacher. I would run the five kilometres to her place from my parents’ farm in Waikato.
But whatever the song or genre, Lee gives it the sort of treatment that his namesake Jerry Lee Lewis would be proud of.
“One day I arrived early, let myself in, and started playing some boogie woogie on the piano.
“She heard me and told my parents ‘I can’t teach him’. I quit the lessons before I got to college.” Lee is known for the vitality of his performances, standing rather than sitting behind the keys. “I got bored sitting down after a while, and getting around the stage is visually more appealing. “I like to bring an edge to performance, something people can sink their teeth into and feel. “I can play for hours on the trot because the energy keeps going on and on. There’s no better place to be than on the stage when that happens. Creating magic on a stage is both an art and a challenge.”
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Keeping it country with Wayne and Sandy It gives us great pleasure to be producing our 18th country music festival - the third at beautiful Tauherenikau Racecourse. Our first two festivals in 2000 and 2001 were held at Clifton in Hawke’s Bay with views facing Cape Kidnappers, hence the name “Kidnappers Festivals”, with a further five festivals held 10 kilometres north at Haumoana. In 2007 we formed a partnership with Peter Ratana’s Sounds of Country and Dougie Warren’s Wellington City Country Music Club, and held our first country music festival at Marton, called The Central Country Music Festival, later to become the Marton Country Music Festival. In 2008 it was Wellington’s turn to host The Wellington City Country Music Festival which was later discontinued. From there the triangle dissolved and we brought the festival back to Hawke’s Bay to the Hastings Racing Centre from 2009 to 2012.
The Wairarapa Country Music Festival was established at Clareville in 2013 (called the Clareville Country Music Festival in 2014 and 2015), then moved to Tauherenikau from 2016 to today and we enjoy a great partnership with the Wairarapa Racing Club. Kidnappers country music festivals are not just about us. Credit has to be given to the team of workers from the Kidnappers Country Music Group who come with us and work so hard all weekend. Without them we couldn’t do the festivals. We would like to take this opportunity to say that we have enjoyed putting these festivals together and say a very big thank you to the Kidnappers crew, supporters and musicians, not to forget our soundman who has been with us for 14 years. Love you all. Keep It Country! Wayne and Sandy
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Trading in country currency Legal Tender - Ian Campbell and Moira Campbell - have been performing their brand of country and folk around New Zealand for more than 20 years. But the origins of Legal Tender go all the way back to 1974 when Ian was a 21 year old full-time musician. “Originally the duo comprised me and Steve Thomson. We were part of the New Zealand brewery circuit which paid musicians a weekly salary to tour pubs around New Zealand.” Raising a family had Ian performing less and after Legal Tender mark 2 was formed with wife Moira, Legal Tender would expand and contract depending on the number of musicians needed for a gig. In 2015, the couple, with fellow musician Carylann Martin, went to the Golden Guitar Awards in Gore for the first time and won three Golden Guitars along with the trophy for best buskers. In 2017 they returned once more, picking up three more Golden Guitars for winning
best original New Zealand song, best traditional song, and best overall act for competitors 40 and over. In 2013 Legal Tender supported American country legend Charlie Pride on his New Zealand tour. The couple live on a 1.6 hectare section in the foothills of the Tararuas, east of Waikanae where they live off the grid. Their home is the venue for monthly live music events, each featuring Legal Tender and a second musical act. Legal Tender doesn’t fit neatly into any genre, instead crossing the spectrum from old school country to bluegrass and political folk. “We are a bit more alternative than the mainstream,” says Ian. “We are often described by music writers as ‘rural folk music’.” Among the artists they admire and play are Guy Clarke, Holly Williams, Gillian Welsh and Alison Krauss, rendering their own versions with earthy integrity and powerful vocal harmonies. Some of Ian’s own songs
have a distinct New Zealand subject matter such as “The Ultimate Price To Pay” about the Pike River Mine disaster and “It’s Not Closing Time” about the closure of the Monteith brewery in Greymouth. “I’m not short of plenty of stuff to sing about but song-writing is not a natural process for me. It’s more like pulling teeth! “Country music can be really complex but I like to play it simple. In general, I find country to be very honest music.”
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Seven-year-old Elizabeth Maindonald belongs to the Taranaki Traditional Country Music Club at Ngaere Hall close to Stratford. She has also had great support from the Waverley Acoustic Country Music Club. Elizabeth started performing at 18 months in her parents Lindsay and Anita’s arms at competition awards, singing the chorus of “Country Roads”. At three years of age in 2013, she won the Hutt Valley Country Music Awards for the youngest competitor. She was subsequently asked to open the Evening Award Show for 200-plus people. In 2015 and 2016 Elizabeth won the Muddy Rivers ‘Littles’ award for under seven-yearolds. Elizabeth has sung in walk-ups at the Marton and Clareville Country Music festivals every year since she was two years old. Elizabeth sings with her parents at rest homes and concerts as the “Redwood Oaks Family Singers”.
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Masterton’s sister act Sisters Leanne and Justine Kestrup are Masterton born and bred and were longtime members of the Wairarapa Country Music Club. From a young age both girls have had solo success at Country Music competitions from Gore to Auckland spanning 30 years. Both girls describe ballads as being in ‘their lane’. Their other passion is harmonies and over the years Leanne and Justine have teamed up with other club members to perform duos
and groups. People from Wairarapa will remember Country Class and Country Connection. Country Class was the support act for Suzanne Prentice and The Topp Twins many years ago and Country Connection performed at the Golden Shears. Justine has lived in Cairns since 2006 and Leanne is now in Hamilton. Singing together again after so many years will
bring back plenty of great memories. Country music has been a large part of their lives and families and they’re looking forward to singing back in their home town. Practising via Skype has been a new aspect to preparing for the Festival with the sisters delving into the country music vaults to draw on the music of some the greats like Emmylou Harris, Patsy Cline, Lorri Morgan and New Zealand’s own Eddie Low, Leanne says.
At the age of three and four respectively, Terina and Ngarangi started singing at country music clubs in the lower North Island, competing in awards around New Zealand, now performing as guest artists at large public events. Fourteen-year-old Ngarangi enjoys listening to a wide range of country and contemporary music such as Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Tanya Tucker and Dolly Parton. Thirteen-year-old Terina enjoys the challenge of more upbeat songs, both playing and singing. Both started playing the guitar at eight years old with Terina adding further instruments since then.
Tanya first started singing when she was three years old and started singing in public when she was 10. “A few teachers from primary school noticed how much I enjoyed music and singing and put my name forward to sing at the Wairarapa Balloon Festival night glow. In 2001 while doing this, I met a group singing with a few young ones around my age group which was the Wairarapa Country Music Club.” Tanya went on to compete at many awards around New Zealand. “That was so much fun as a young child – it was like going on a big family holiday! “We went to Gisborne, Taupo, Tauranga, Mouteka and Blenheim – including the Wairarapa Country Music Awards. I’ve auditioned and entered a few singing competitions on television, like New Zealand’s Got Talent, Homai Te Pakipaki and My Country Song. I’m also a new mum to a beautiful girl who was born in December 2016, so I’m looking forward to seeing her wee face when she sees her mummy on stage. I’ve had a small break away from music and I’m ready to get back on stage!”
Country rocker Shayne Harvey was born in Paeroa and raised in Putaruru and Paengaroa in Bay of Plenty. “I have always worked and lived in rural areas, so that’s where my country roots come from, but I never picked up a guitar until I was 21. Most of my adult life was spent living and working in Raetihi where I first got hoodwinked into performing and since then I’ve been doing it on a regular basis. I’ve been lucky enough to have plenty of good mentors in the music world, such as Gary Lucre, Wayne Tamati and Bruce Parr who encouraged me to get up and perform.” Shayne will bring a taste of contemporary rock to the festival, Garth Brookes and Clint Black being among his favourite country artists, along with classic country artists like Hank Williams.
Festival no longer off the beaten track Wairarapa and the Wairarapa Country Music Festival are both becoming increasingly popular with New Zealand’s motorhome fraternity. This is the third time the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) has recommended the festival to its members. The association is also been promoting Wairarapa’s three districts as “Motor Home Friendly Destinations.” Towns have to fulfil certain criteria to be accepted as a “MHF Destination”, says
NZMCA CEO Bruce Lochore. “Our members have to feel confident that they will get a warm welcome and Wairarapa is becoming increasingly popular as a location to visit because they do get a warm welcome. All three councils are welcoming to motorhomes and our motorhomers feel that.” Word gets around among the 77,000 members of the association, and the word is that the Wairarapa Country Music Festival is a “lovely, relaxing event”, Bruce says.
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This year Cathy Berry, Office Administrator and Club Affairs Manager at the association, is coming from Auckland to enjoy the music. Cathy is responsible for promoting locations in its “Off The Beaten Track” category, which includes Wairarapa. “We started Off The Beaten Track in 2014 to encourage our members to visit places that are not in the big towns and on the main routes, to experience rural and provincial New Zealand. Wairarapa fits that nicely,” says Bruce. No BYO alcohol will be allowed to be brought on to the Tauherenikau Race Course for the Wairarapa Country Music Festival. But there will be no shortage of beers, wines and non-alcoholic beverages to purchase. Hayley Miller, manager of the Pukemanu complex in Martinborough, is organising all the food and drink for the festival, including a tent which will be selling beers, wines, RTDs and non-alcoholic drinks. Water will also be available. There will be several food trucks and tents on site to cater to all tastes, including Kiwi Kai cart which will be selling burgers, hot dogs, steak sandwiches and iced coffee. Gourmet Hot Dogs will have their chilli dogs and more. There will also be the family favourite Mr Whippy with their ice-creams for the hot summer days. Quality coffee will be available at the festival as well.
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Health & Safety GUIDELINES FOR WAIRARAPA RACING CLUB COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL BYO ALCOHOL IS NOT PERMITTED BUT WINE, BEER AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON SITE. 1 On arrival present your ticket or allocated number to gate staff who will direct you to your designated area. 2 Entrance and exit signs are clearly marked. The main entrance can be used for entering and leaving the racecourse. 3 All patrons are advised to stay within pathed areas and lit areas when dark. Should users venture outside these areas, please be aware of the following potential hazards. There are many trees in the grounds of Tauherenikau. Please be watchful for falling branches and debris. Please stay on the roads and do not venture into bushed areas for your own safety. Tauherenikau is a racecourse and horses are domiciled and trained on course. All stable areas are off bounds as is the racecourse proper.
All buildings are off limits with the exemption of toilets blocks and manned areas such as the first aid room and secretary’s office. The first aid room is clearly marked as ST JOHNS and situated at the back of the grandstands. The Secretary’s office is situated close to the birdcage in the stewards stand and clearly marked. When driving in and out of the venue please be aware that it is a requirement to drive slowly and note there are speed bumps on both sides of the park entrance. Motorhomes and caravans on site for the weekend need to be CSC vehicles only and will be directed to a Motorhome/Caravan designated parking area. Pets are only allowed inside the designated parking area and must be on leads. No pets outside of the parking gates. Should you have children with you please ensure you make them aware of the Health and Safety matters required onsite and ensure children are supervised at all times. Tauherenikau is situated on 40 hectares with many areas after dark being inaccessible due to poor lighting. Please do not venture out into any areas after sunset.
When backing or driving vehicles into your allocated space please be watchful of other vehicles. Alcoholic beverages are available onsite. Patrons entering licensed areas must be 18 years or older and must act responsibly. Intoxicated patrons will not be served and will be asked to leave the venue. Security will be onsite at all times over the weekend. In the event of any incident please report to the secretary’s office found in the main stewards stand area. Site maps identifying all hazards and key areas will be found all around the course. Please take the time to read and be acquainted with all Health and Safety matters. Ample water will be available with water stations located throughout the venue. It is the Wairarapa Racing Club’s intention for each and every patron to enjoy its wonderful venue and outline these important points for your safety. If you venture outside any of these guidelines then the Wairarapa Racing Club cannot be held responsible for your actions. If no one is available at the office please call 021 271 0364.
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