Country vibe runs in family's veins

02:22, Jun 13 2012

The Cook family of Blenheim did the Blenheim Country Music Club proud at the 23rd Golden Valley Takaka Country Music Awards.

Ange Cook and her son, Justin, and daughter, Sally, picked up a swag of awards, and their dad, Al, joined Ange on stage for the first time at a contest.

Ange says she joined the Blenheim Country Music Club because she loves country music. However, she soon realised what a great family atmosphere the club had and brought her two youngest children.

Ange Cook won senior novice, female gospel, best chord charts and an incentive award – a Fender guitar – at the Queen's Birthday Weekend contest.

She won the female gospel category singing a song called How Can You Not Believe written by another Blenheim club member, Sandra McNeilly.

"That was very exciting for both of us," she says.


Justin won the junior open, junior novice 10 to 17 years, the junior overall, and McNeilly Prize Package.

Sally won the junior novice 9 years and under and was second in the junior open. The siblings were highly commended in the duo 17 years and under.

Ange also convinced her husband, Al, to join her on stage for a duo, which she says was a lot of fun.

"It was just a really fun weekend, the competition aside we had loads of laughs," Ange says.

"Pohara people are great hosts."

Other Blenheim Country Music Club successes: Sandra McNeilly: won the novelty section and highly commended in the original songwriting competition.

Lissie Brew: Runner-up in the under-17 Duo with Mackenzie Lightwood.

Laura Lowe won intermediate open, under-17 rock and roll, intermediate gospel and best dressed under-18 female and was first in the Country Group with her group called Mel, Lou, Chris (short for Melinda Goodger, Laura Lowe and Chris Whitnell).

The Blenheim Country Music Club has a gig at the Clubs of Marlborough on Friday, June 15, at 7.30pm.

The Marlborough Express