Bay of Islands Nation Rock Competition clocks up 30 years, taking part in in Paihia, Waitangi and Russell – New Zealand Herald


The Bay of Islands Nation Rock Competition is marking its 30th anniversary this weekend with a line-up of 43 acts from the US, Australia and New Zealand acting at seven venues over three days.

Remarkably, all 30 festivals up to now have been organised by Pakaraka farmer Shirley Could, who was recognised in 2017 with a Queen’s Service Medal for providers to music.

The highest-billed abroad act on the anniversary competition shall be mother-daughter duo Joni and Olivia Harms. Once they’re not touring the world they stay on a ranch in Oregon, USA, elevating quarter horses and Christmas bushes.

They are going to be joined by Kel-Anne Brandt from Australia, dubbed the Pocket Rocket for her vitality and small stature, and 4 of the legends of New Zealand nation music — Brendan Dugan, Grey Bartlett, Eddie Low and ”Māori cowboy” Dennis Marsh.

Country Rock Festival organiser Shirley May, who is about to clock up her 30th festival, with event patron and Nation Rock Competition organiser Shirley Could, who’s about to clock up her 30th competition, with occasion patron and “Māori cowboy” Dennis Marsh. Picture / file

Could stated she discovered it laborious to consider she had clocked up three a long time on the helm, and described competition regulars as a giant household which obtained collectively 12 months after 12 months.

”I shake my head pondering, has it actually been 30 years? It needs to be one of many longest-running festivals round.”

She had no plans to cease — ”I will maintain going til I drop, I suppose” — and stated the competition would in all probability should take a distinct format if it continued with out her.

Three musicians who carried out on the first competition will even be on the 30th. They’re Kim Copedo, Dallas Grant and Tony Harrison, who’s now a sound technician.

Joni Harms and her daughter Olivia from Oregon are this year's US act. Photo / supplied Joni Harms and her daughter Olivia from Oregon are this 12 months’s US act. Picture / provided

Different Kiwi drawcards embrace the Toner Sisters, who’ve opened for the likes of Rod Stewart and Kenny Rogers, and new acts Wilde Taylor and YY and the Definitive Showband. YY is a younger Chinese language New Zealander making a mark in nation music alongside a profession as a trend mannequin in China.

The competition will begin on Friday afternoon and run till Sunday evening. Rising prices have compelled a rise within the worth of a three-day go, accessible from any of the venues or Wards Music in Whangārei, to $80.

The venues are in Paihia, Waitangi and Russell. The Russell RSA has changed the Duke of Marlborough Tavern which closed down instantly on the finish of March.

Go to for the total programme.

Kel-Anne Brandt from Australia is nicknamed the Pocket Rocket for her energy and diminutive stature. Photo / supplied Kel-Anne Brandt from Australia is nicknamed the Pocket Rocket for her vitality and diminutive stature. Picture / provided
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