Posted by Gold FM on 05/12/2012
The friendly folk at Maori Television and Blue Bach Productions have been working 'flat out' to meet deadlines and record two shows in Waihi this week.
Today the team recorded 'My Country Song', a 13 part live music show hosted by Country Music legend Dennis Marsh and Saelyn Guyton, winner of the Gold Guitar.
Saelyn hails from the Deep South in Invercargill and is a regular on the music scene as well as a teacher of music. She was chosen to represent NZ at Tamworth last year. She studied music at the New Zealand Jazz School in Wellington and journalism at the Southland Institute of Technology. This will be Saelyn's first television presenting role. â€œCountry music is not just traditional country & western but is crossing all sorts of genres and is
getting bigger and bigger - look at Taylor Swift. But thereâ€™s also country blues, country reggae and country soul and judging by the performances at the auditions thereâ€™s some amazing talent about to hit our television screens!â€ said Saelyn.
Dennis Marsh has released 24 albums to date, with 4 Platinum and 10 Gold making him New Zealandâ€™s top Country Music seller of all time. In 2011 his new album, Maori Songbook, went to Number 1 on the national album charts ahead of international mega-sellers Adele and Radiohead as well as Tiki Taane proving his widespread appeal. â€œCountry music is special because the songs all have stories attached to them. We have asked performers for My Country Song to perform originals and we are hearing some great stories from heartland New Zealand through both the performers and in their songs", said Dennis.
With seventy-two Country Music clubs throughout Aotearoa Blue Bach Productions said theyâ€™re confident they'll find talent. Auditions so far have found over 100 performers ranging from 8 year olds to grandparents.
The Producer, Libby Hakaraia said, "With a potential fan base of tens of thousands of country music aficionados, the series is certain to attract a passionate family audience. My Country Song is not a competition but a show where Dennis and Saelyn mentor amateur (and some very seasoned performers) helping to put the polish to a performance they can be proud of."
A beautifully lit stage, set in a stylised NZ woolshed, was created and shipped to Waihi and set up in the Waihi Events Centre today where the performers played to a small audience of family and friends. "This performance will be broadcast along with performances by Dennis, Saelyn and stars from New Zealandâ€™s country music scene", Libby said.
Waihi locals Alison and Mike (pictured above), Toya and Jason Tapp were three of the seven performers on stage today. For the final show one performer from each town will be invited to perform at the final of My Country Song in Auckland. This big concert will take place in late April 2013 and feature the new talent discovered from around NZ as well as some of the stars of the New Zealand Country scene.
The new series on Maori Television is expected to be broadcast May 2013 in prime time.
The production company Blue Bach Productions is the same independent production company that produces the top rating show 'Itâ€™s in the Bag' for Maori Television. 'It's In The Bag' was completed yesterday and was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody who took part.