‘Dust off your cowboy boots’ country’s coming to town

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Country act . . . Duo Annette Hawkins (left) and Kim Copedo are set to headline on Saturday night next week. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

The Silverpeaks Country Music Hoedown will arrive in Mosgiel next week.

Silverpeaks Country Music Club spokeswoman Frances Partridge, of Fairfield, said the hoedown would be held over three consecutive days at the Taieri Bowling Club, beginning at 7pm next Friday.

Headlining the first night are musician Marie Haslemore and award-winning Dunedin duo Melissa & The Dr.

The event continues at 9.30am on Saturday and a showcase is scheduled for 1pm.

From 5pm, artists can walk up and put their names on a blackboard for an opportunity to sing with a backing band.

Musician Marie Haslemore will perform at The Silverpeaks Country Music Hoedown.

The musicians in the backing band will change about every two hours.

Most of the musicians in the backing bands are club members, who number about 100, Mrs Partridge said.

The event was unique, well-regarded and “very popular” she said.

“It’s a big undertaking to pull this off.”

The annual event had continued to grow since it was launched in Mosgiel more than a decade ago, Mrs Partridge said.

The headliners on Saturday are North Island duo Annette Hawkins and Kim Copedo.

The duo are well-known in “county music circles” and would perform from 8pm, Mrs Partridge said.

“On Saturday night the dance floor is always full and do all styles of dancing.”

Performances from 9.30am on Sunday would include some gospel music, which is always very popular”, she said.

From 1pm, the club will showcase junior performers.

When asked if country music was alive and kicking she replied: “Definitely. You only need to come and see these young ones to see that it is.”

Over the weekend, musicians will perform at another venue in the bowling club.

The venue was named “The Star Cafe” as the musicians were stars, Mrs Partridge said.

Melissa & The Dr will headline the first night at The Silverpeaks Country Music Hoedown.

“All of them are award-winning acts.”

Musicians performing in the cafe include Bevan Gardiner, Ron Mitchell and Melissa & The Dr.

About 250 people were expected to attend the event at one time, she said.

A shuttle to the event would be running between the club on Wickliffe St, the Mosgiel A&P Showgrounds, and Peter Johnstone Park car park.

Tickets are available at the door or by contacting Margaret Webster on 455-2201 or 027 232-5476 or by emailing colqu@xtra.co.nz.

“Dust off your cowboy boots and your hat and come on down to the Taieri Bowling Club.”