Kiwi Pro-Am presents the 2014 National Country Music Awards at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre on Saturday 16 August.
Featuring some of New Zealand’s brightest country music stars in annual star-studded red carpet awards and show night, this year’s special guests include The Howie Morrison Trio, Pat & Brendan Dugan, Leslie Nia Nia, Kylie Austin and Australia’s Morgan Evans (who toured with Taylor Swift!).
Also performing is the 2014 Horizon Award nominees Cameron Luxton, Sarah Conlan and Daniel Cosgrove, as well as 2013 Horizon winner Cameron Scott.
Howie Morrison Trio
Featuring Howie Morrison Jnr, Russell Harrison and Chris Powley the HMT take their audiences down memory lane with a mix of nostalgic toe-tapping, sing-along tunes that were made famous by the Howard Morrison Quartet.
Singer/songwriter Morgan Evans is one of the hottest young performers in Australian country. He has just released his self-titled debut album and has toured with international superstars like Taylor Swift and Alan Jackson - playing to over 50,000 people in Nashville at the world’s biggest country music festival. In 2013, Morgan was awarded the New Oz Artist of the Year award at the CMC Music Awards. His music is driven by an optimism shaped by life’s bumpy journey, a faith in the power of love and hard work to overcome the obstacles we all face every day.
Pat & Brendan Dugan
Known as ‘The Godfather of Country Music’, Pat Dugan first sang at the Christchurch Civic Theatre at the age of 10 and now at over 80 years of age he still has a strong and wonderful voice. In 1990 he was awarded a QSM for his services to country music. Apart from singing and teaching music, Pat also won the New Zealand finals for Atlantic Plough Competition and joined his father in trotting horse breeding industry. Asked if he would like to pass any tips to others, he replied, "A smile costs nothing but makes a lot of people happy”. In 2012 Pat & his son Brendan Dugan were inducted into the Hands of Fame at the NZ Gold Guitar Awards.
More info: www.kiwiproamcountrymusic.co.nz