It's a new year, & 2019 has a lot of promise ahead.
We had a great year in 2018. It was a busy one and we spent most of it doing what we love... music!
We started our year with singing at Lisa Rangi's wedding and a new years music day out at Wai-iti Cafe with Emily Riordan, Callum Dick Wagstaff, and Rory MacDonald and that wonderfully supportive local community in Pukearuhe.
We spent a lot of time traveling all over Taranaki performing at local country pubs, and in Wanganui at their local street festivals like Caboodle. We got married at the end of January 2018.
We traveled between New Plymouth and Opunake regularly to attend rehearsals with our friend and drummer Jeremy, making sure that our music was up to scratch for the many audiences we entertained.
We found new support and gig opportunities in Stratford, Manaia, Urenui, Hawera, Opunake, at various clubs around the Taranaki region and of course our local Decanta Bar where we performed several gigs and open mics.
We made new friends: JT Katene, Ian Wallace, and Linda (amongst others!) in town, Joe and Mike in Urenui, Donna, Richard, Karen and Lance in Waiiti. We were invited to entertain at birthdays and functions in places like Eltham, Mimi School and quiz nights. We played for our supper at the The Old Town Hall Café & Tea Room in Urenui.
We provided entertainment for Shirley-Joy Barrow and her much-anticipated book launch of Mission in the City, performed at Pihama Lavender as a part of the South Taranaki Arts Festival. We hosted the music stage at the Stratford A&P Association show with 8 solo artists and 3 bands; we are pleased to have given these artists an opportunity to present their talents in a paid capacity.
We played music and held character roles in a murder mystery night at the castle in Wai-iti for one of our favourite cohorts, Sean Archer, and his company Mystery Inc.
Last but not least we moved our lives to Whanganui where Kieran took the role of musical director for the Wanganui Repertory Theatre's production of "Dick Whittington and his cat" and Heather was involved backstage and with the chorus. The pantomime received many positive reviews and introduced us to our Whanganui family and friends, people who we know we will work with again.
Then to wrap it all off we performed for new years eve in our favorite spot at Wai-iti beach cafe with the support of Emily and Callum to a friendly and engaged audience.
It's not all of what we've been up to, but you get the idea... bring on 2019! Thank you all for your support over this last year, and if you want to see what we're up to this year, check out our website www.gypsyblue.nz
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!