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He's a man of experience, and with this experience under his belt, Brendon
Burgess will be one of this year's Gold Guitar judges. Well known in the
country music industry, Brendon has been on the Gold Guitar Committee,
has competed in the Gold Guitars group section, and has over 25 years
experience with country music, recording, directing, backing musician at
many awards and shows through out New Zealand and Australia.
With this experience, Brendon knows what he is looking for when it comes
to talent, and is 'honoured' to play a part in selecting winners this year.
Eight years ago Brendon helped judge the Gold Guitar awards for three
consecutive years and found it was a great opportunity to see local talent at
there best. Back to judge once again, he is honoured to have the opportunity
to have a say on who will take out the title this year.
Brendon says having a variety of judges from all different walks of life will
make a big difference in the decision-making process, but everyone has
achieved something by just being on the stage.
''It's a good platform for people to establish their talent, Brendon feels the
gold guitar awards is the most prestigious and reconised counrty music
award New Zealand has to offer. Brendon has always been passionate about
country music, and is excited to see what talent will show up for this years
- Sister City Relationship -
In 1979, the Gold
Guitar Awards started
a Miss Gold Guitar
This proved most successful and was carried on
annually. 1986 saw the first Tamworth Country
Music Festival Queen make an appearance at the
Awards, and each year since, Tamworth has sent
a Queen representative. Married women were
included by 1996 and the name was eventually
changed to the Gore New Zealand Gold Guitar
Queen. Treacy Farquhar was the first Miss Gold
Guitar. As part of her prize, the Queen attends the
Tamworth Country Music Festival each January.
Because of the Gold Guitar Awards and Country
Music, Tamworth and Gore formed a Sister City
relationship in 1992 which has certainly
flourished. Now pupils from schools and sporting
teams visit Tamworth each year and vice-versa.
The Tamworth Mayor, Sister City Chairman and
Tourism Tamworth regularly attend our festival, as
well as their Queen, while a large Gore
contingent visit Tamworth each January for its
country music festival.
In 1998, Gore Country Music Club member, the
late Jessie McChlery-Tytler, because of her hard
work and dedication in fostering the Sister City
relationship, was awarded the title of Special
Ambassador for Tamworth by the Tamworth City
The Gore Tamworth Sister City relationship was
further enhanced by the opening of the Gore
Garden in the Tamworth Botanical Gardens in
January 2003. The Tamworth 2002 Australian
Post Queen of Country Music, Rebecca Redfern,
made the announcement at the Gore New
Zealand Gold Guitar Queen Finals held in May
When 2002 Queen, Natasha Houlahan, visited
Tamworth in January 2003 for their Country
Music Festival, she and the new Tamworth Queen
carried out the first of an annual tree planting to
celebrate the important and continuing relation-
ship between the two Country Music capitals.
On 31 May 2005 the Gore Country Music Club
unveiled the Hands of Fame Structure in Gore and
beside it, in May 2006, the Tamworth Garden was
established. The Mayor of Tamworth, James
Treloar, Gore Mayor, Tracy Hicks, the Tamworth
Queen of Country Music, Kasey McCulloch and
Gore's own Tamworth Ambassador, the late Jessie
McClery-Tytler, planted six Australian native
plants to reinforce the special relationship with
their Sister City, Tamworth. The plantings became
an annual event in Gore to coincide with the New
Zealand Gold Guitar Awards.
As part of the protocol agreement between Gore
and Tamworth, the Mayor of each Council visits
the other on a biennial basis. Gore Mayor Tracy
Hicks visited Tamworth this year, therefore the
next official visit from Tamworth will be in 2014.
However, because the Gold Guitar Awards are
celebrating 40 years, Mayor Col Murray and
Mayoress Carol, will be making the trip to the
Gold Guitars this year.
They will be attending several events and will
speak at the Songwriting Awards and at the 40th
Tamworth Queen Sophie Dewhurst and Princess
Kate Coburn will accompany them to New
Zealand and the Gold Guitars.
Gore's 2007 Young Ambassador Trudie South, Tamworth Sister City Committee chairman John
Green, Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks and Telstra Queen of Country Music Leanne Coddington
team up to plant a grevillea victoriae in the Tamworth Garden, symbolising the way the sister city
relationship between Gore and Tamworth continues to grow.
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