Jamming at the country jamboree

20:58, Dec 05 2012
Popular performer: Russell Driver performs the opening number to a packed Memorial Hall last weekend for the Kaikoura Country Jamboree.

The seventh Kaikoura Country Jamboree, held last weekend, has been hailed another huge success by organiser Annette Mehrtens.

The rain on Saturday did nothing to dampen the spirits of the huge bus full of music enthusiasts. Fifty people filled the bus and many others travelled to Kaikoura by car. The Saturday night concert, at the Memorial Hall, was enjoyed by the large crowd with many taking to the dance floor.

Among the entertainers were guests from the North Island with recorded artist Joy Sloane proving to be very popular, and many seeking her albums. Russell Driver was the MC. He started the night off with a song which has been adapted especially for the event - called The Kaikoura Jamboree.

The Heart of the Country Band also featured many talented artists who had the place really rocking. Shane Tupe, Ian Rush and Ray Harris were featured. The other band members were Dave Petrie and John Wilson.

Supper was provided, as in previous years, by Lynton Downs School.

The sun made a welcome appearance on Sunday morning, and the day was spent at the New Commercial Hotel Beer Garden listening to more musical entertainment, which also included walk-up artists. More than 100 people joined the party to listen to the music and share a barbecue lunch.


The eighth Kaikoura Jamboree is already in the planning stages, so keep the weekend free if you are a country fan.

Visit YouTube and you will see clips of the artists performing over the weekend. Search Annette Country and click on the Terry King Videos.

A DVD will be made, thanks to Terry King of Erewhon Productions.

Kaikoura Star