Waitaki Herald : January 28th 2015
NEWS WAITAKI HERALD, JANUARY 28, 2015 Oamaru musician among the prizes O By NICOLA WOLFE firstname.lastname@example.org amaru guitarist Joseph Balfe is giving Australian country music artists a run for their money. The 15-year-old, self-taught, finger-style guitarist returned victorious from the Tamworth Country Music Festival last Sunday night with a bucket load of awards and a calender full of gigs. One of the largest country music festivals in the world, Joseph entered several competitions as a soloist and as a duo act with Geraldine singer Zoe Scott. Joseph was named junior over- all runner-up in the Entertainer of the Year awards and a finalist in the Battle of the Young Stars. He also competed in the Capital Country Music Association (CCMA) National Talent Quest where he entered the instrumental section and the duo/group section with Zoe Scott, under the name of Bonnie and Clyde. He won in both sections and was named overall junior winner. The main prize was a scholar- ship to attend the CCMA Academy of Country Music in Australia next year. It was his first time at the fes- tival. Joseph also spent some time busking each day, earning nearly Young and talented: Oamaru teenager Joseph Balfe and Geraldine singer Zoe Scott drew attention at the Capital Country Music Association (CCMA) National Talent Quest in Tamworth last weekend. The duo, who call themselves Bonnie and Clyde, won their section, while Joseph was named overall winner of the competition. $1000 for the week from tips and sales of his CD. ‘‘[It] was a great week for him doing so well being his first time there, and [he] has lined up a few gigs for next year,’’ Joseph’s father, Graham, said. ‘‘[I was] very proud to see him hold his own on the world stage. Joseph is ‘pretty stoked’ with how it went and is looking forward to next year. He also had great support from other travelling Kiwis. Jenny Mitchell from Gore, Cam Luxton from Staveley and Zoe also took Photo: SUPPLIED home awards so was good to show the Aussies a thing or two.’’ Joseph’s next gig will be with Zoe at the Oamaru Wine & Food festival in February. 7 Imagine your carefree new life at McKenzie Lifestyle Village. Day out: A group enjoying last year’s Oamaru Wine and Food Festival. Photo: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD/FAIRFAX NZ Wine and food fest to showcase local fare By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com Plans for next month’s Oamaru Wine and Food Festival are coming together and will showcase some of the region’s finest fare and musical talent. Funding for the 2015 version for the event, to be held at the Oamaru Public Gardens on February 15, has been secured from the Lions Foundation and the Otago Community Trust. Festival co-ordinator Matt Haywood said the event takes a lot of work to organise, but is happy with how plans are taking shape. ‘‘Things are going pretty well, the stall holders are getting sorted and we have quite a few bands too.’’ Organisers are hoping to have between 30 and 40 stallholders at the event showcasing food, wine and beer from around the district, while it’s likely cooking demonstrations will also be taking place. Christchurch-based band, The Eastern, will be the festival’s headline musical act, while local acts Sombrero Tuesdays, The Bella Cadets, Joseph Balfe, Rock Bottom and Johnny & The Cashtones will also take to the stage. Haywood is expecting a crowd of between 1200 and 1500 and hopes the recent spell of fine weather continues well into next month. ‘‘There’s been lots of inquiries, so hopefully everyone is keen to get along. The last three years have been overcast and a bit cloudy, so that hasn’t been great.’’ Ticket prices have been lowered for this year’s festival, with pre-sale tickets available for $10. Tickets will be sold at the gate on the day for $15. Entry for those under-16 is free. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, what a great day for a drive in the country. And what better destination than Geraldine? Treat yourself to coffee or an ice-cream, then come and check out the progress at McKenzie Lifestyle Village, 33 Connolly Street. We’ll show you how the village is growing and take you to the clubhouse to see the future plans. Call David Connolly now on 0800 84 55 24.
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