ARTISTS THAT HAVE APPEARED AT THE NORFOLK ISLAND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

"WATAWIEH YORLE" (hello everyone)


The Norfolk Country Music Festival was first "staged" in 1994. Featuring Talented artists mainly from New Zealand including: DENNIS MARSH,JAN COOPER, CAMILLE TE NAHU, CASEY MURRAY, MARION BURNS, JANNINE BEATTIE, KELLY JAMES, TRUDA CHADWICK,COMPERE/ARTIST PAUL ROBINSON AND IN-AUGURAL ENTERTAINMENT CO-ORDINATOR/ARTIST TRACEY-MAREE HOUIA.
Artists were backed by super talented Musicians SEL NASH, READ HUDSON, DAVE TUSANI, JONO LONEY,BRUCE KING AND MUSICAL PRODUCER ROB GALLEY. Australian's Sweetheart Corrina Caldwell entertained PLUS a couple of fab Norfolk Islands OWN homegrown talent!
It has certainly grown in strength to strength over the years INCL introducing one of the most highly contested titles in Country Music being TRANS TASMAN ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR in 1995.
The In-Augural Winner of this supreme title was non other than the Super Talented DARREN COGGAN from Australia with "as talented" TANYA SULLIVAN as runner-up (also from Australia! New Zelaands ROBYN AITKEN WAS THE HIGHEST SCORING NZ'er!)
1995 also saw SHOWCASING of some now "household" names such as KASEY CHAMBERS AND THE DEAD RINGER BAND, TC CASSIDY and New Zealands EN-TRANZET DUET(NICHOLAS AND TRACEY-MAREE HOUIA).
The backing bands for this event were non other than THE SILVERADOS FROM NZ AND THE DEAD RINGER BAND, with the incredible BV's of THE REIDY SISTERS from NZ! STAGE MANAGER FOR THE FOLLOWING 3 YEARS WAS MY EVER SO HARDWORKING FATHER IN LAW, MR BOB STERLING!

International renoun Musicians from New Zealand and Australia have since been featured and have continue to be featured ALL under the incredible knowledge and suberb Producer Talents of Mr ROB GALLEY (from NZ)

Backing Vocalists are ALWAYS featured and respected and they have included the immense talents of THE REIDY SISTERS, JEANNINE BEATTIE and ROSEMARY HACK to name but a few.

The Festival has seen MANY,MANY INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL/SEMI PROFESSIONAL AND UP AND COMMING ARTISTS perform on its stage (s) including to name but a few as" GINA JEFFRIES, BECKY COLE, KASEY CHAMBERS,CAMILLE TE NAHU AND STUIE FRENCH, TROY CASSAR DALEY, GRAY BARTLETT, BRENDON DUGGAN,NOEL PARLANE, THE FLOOD, WILD TURKEY BAND, MARION BURNS,JOY ADAMS,KYLIE HARRIS,THE TOPP TWINS,THE DARLINGS,KAREN DAVY,GINA STERLING,KARLA ROGERS,ANTHONY TAYLOR,NICKI GILLIS,ROSEMARY HACK and the list goes on!

The Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year title has been won by Inspiring Talent to name but a few likeDARREN COGGAN, PAUL SHARPLIN, CAMERON CLAYTON, NYREE KLIP, KYLIE AUSTIN, BRENDON WALMSLEY,MEGAN LAURIE, TINA MARTYN,KYLIE SACKLEY,KRISTY COX,SAMANTHA McCYLYMONT,ANNETTE HAWKINS and the list goes on!

From the on set of staging the Festival many loyal and dedicated folk have been behind the scenes ensuring that the event runs to plan and one of these is Norfolks'very own JACKIE PYE! I am sure anyone that has attended the Fesitval will agree with me and Thank Jackie (and her incredible suppportive and talented in their vey own right, Family ,Peter,Arron,Justin and Maddi) immensley for her dedication towards this Awesome Festival PLUS her equally as hardworking Co-PARTNER IN CRIME, Mr KIM DAVIES President of the Norfolk Island Country Music Association!

Norfolk Island is in the Sth Pacific one of THEE most beautiful Islands in the World where the friendly,giving natures of the Island folk are worldwide renoun along with the Spectacular Scenery, Island Cusine and engaging Native Tongue!

MAY is the month that see this idyllic Isle in the Sth Pacific COME ALIVE with the sounds of COUNTRY MUSIC. If you havent yet been to the Norfolk Island CM Festival PLEASE do and those that have been I hope you join with me, Tracey Maree Houia, (VERY PROUD IN-AUGURAL ENTERTAINMENT CO-ORDINATOR), in saluting this fantastic Event and all those that stage it and say KUSHU

(Thankyou)!