Legends gather for a root-tootin' hoedown

Music is going to provide the soundtrack for Winton's Open Day this weekend, with a street busking competition and a star-studded country hoedown show two highlights.

In a major coup for organiser Brendon Burgess, New Zealand country stars Brendan Dugan and fiddler Marian Burns will be on hand throughout the weekend. The pair will star in the Burleigh Country Hoedown on Saturday, November 17, then judge the busking competition the following afternoon.

Burgess has also assembled a sparkling cast to perform, including the Gore Gold Guitar awards backing band Tight Azz, Jenny Mitchell, the Bootleggers, Tangled Strings and last year's busking winners Rainbow Connection, the Winton ukulele group.

The show will be compered by Lindsay Abbott, and the dress code is strictly country.

Burgess says the hoedown, at the Winton Memorial Hall from 7pm, will be a "smashing night", with two of New Zealand's top country performers bringing genuine star quality to the show.

Meanwhile, on November 18, the Burleigh busking competition will pit up to 15 acoustic busking acts against each other along Winton's main street during the open day, with cash prizes up for grabs for the top three.

Contestants must register to be allocated a spot on the street, and the final will be judged by Dugan and Burns at the Top Pub garden bar at 4.15pm. Country Hoedown, Winton Memorial Hall, Saturday, November 17, 7pm. Tickets $35, available from Burleigh Home, The Record & Copycat, Winton Night 'N Day, Peter Cairns MusicWorks (Gore) and Trevor Daley MusicWorks (Invercargill).

To register for the busking competition, contact Brendon Burgess at Burleigh Home.

The Southland Times