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Gold Guitar Entries
Intermediate Duet section winners Shannah Corcoran and Jenny Mitchell of Gore.
A record breaking 761 entries, will see this years 40th annual NZ Gold Guitar
Awards going down in the event's history as one of the most popular.
The phenomenal number of entries across all categories was an occurrence
convenor Phillip Geary says is difficult to explain.
With last years entries reaching 710, they continue to climb.
''There has been a general increase in the last 10 years,'' says Phillip.
''My personal thoughts are that word of mouth is largely responsible.''
The competition has also evolved over time with the addition of 40+ and 60+
sections and two years ago a Junior Rock section was added.
With the scale of entries, Philip says there are now 12 judges for Saturday, in
addition to four venues.
One of New Zealand's most iconic events, the annual Gold Guitar Awards
attract visitors from far and wide to participate in all that the event has to offer.
Providing everything from songwriting to singing, busking to truck parades,
right through to the Gold Guitars competition itself, the awards are a musical
paradise for country music fans the world over.
This musical spectacle consistently brings music lovers to Gore and whether
they are performers, entertainers or just good old country music fans, many of
those who make Gore their home for the period of the event, travel
considerable distances to attend and soak up the golden atmosphere which
Philip says contestants as well as visitors are always keen to talk about the
quality of the event and the great time they have.
''We get virtually no complaints from the contestants about their experience
here,'' he says.
40 years ofkeeping track
has been filling
scrapbooks with the
New Zealand Gold
Guitars news since it
began 40 years ago.
They've settled a few arguments about dates
and events over the years,'' she said.
I say as long as the paper's correct then that's
what happened.'' --- Coral McCauley.
By BRIDGET RAILTON
As the New Zealand Gold Guitar awards get closer,
most people involved are putting the final touches
on music or pulling together the final stages of the
But committee member Coral McCauley does
something a little different, she gets out a scrapbook.
Mrs McCauley has been keeping track of the Gold
Guitars in scrapbooks for its entire 40-year history.
Beginning in 1974, when her husband Max
McCauley performed in the first awards, she has kept
every newspaper clipping pertaining to the event
since its inception.
The result is a complete scrapbook history of the
Gold Guitars, as told by newspapers.
Over the years she has noticed plenty of changes, the
most significant being the amount of coverage given
to the event.
''The first five years fit into one scrapbook.
''Now each year fills one on its own,'' she said.
Though she started the process for its sentimental
value, the scrapbooks do serve a more utilitarian
purpose at times.
''They've settled a few arguments about dates and
events over the years,'' she said.
''I say as long as the paper's correct then that's what
The books were also good to look back on from time
to time to review past performers, especially in the
build up to each year's awards she said.
As the profile of the Gold Guitars continued to grow
year by year, Mrs McCauley said it did get a bit
trickier keeping up with all the coverage and she
spent time chasing down newspapers weeks after the
event had passed too.
But with technology allowing most papers to be read
online these days it had certainly made the exercise
a lot easier she said.
Mrs McCauley also has other responsibilities, being
on the committee for 16 years.
This year her responsibilities include ensuring the
judges are looked after, as well as helping collate the
points on the night.
Despite all the hard work, she said it was all worth it
in the end.
''It's a lot of fun.''
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