It will be a homecoming for New Zealand country band Henpicked when they perform for the first time in Hawera tomorrow.
Two of its members, Dean Murray and Carylann Martin, trace their roots to South Taranaki and have happy memories of childhoods spent in the district.
The band is performing at Oakura's Butlers Reef Cafe this evening, before heading to Hawera's Morriesons Cafe tomorrow for a 1pm show.
Morriesons Cafe was named after late novelist and musician James Ronald Hugh Morrieson, who lived on the corner of Hawera's Regent St and South Rd.
Murray's late mother was a former music student of Mr Morrieson, and Martin's mother, Jocelyn Burrell, had The Hugh Morrieson band play at her 17th birthday.
Murray said he had been playing out of town for "many years" so Sunday's show was the chance to allow Hawera friends and family to finally hear the band live.
Murray's memories of Hawera included his first day at Tawhiti School before his family moved to Manakau in Horowhenua.
But Hawera was still home and "many Christmas days" were spent at his grandmother's house on Morrisey St.
Murray holds Mt Taranaki close to his heart as it reminds him of his roots.
"Seeing the mountain is always a special moment," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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