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18 Dunlop Road
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Clifton Homestead Nursery
Saturday August 25th and Sunday 26th -
10.00am to 4.00pm
Our garden and nursery will be open to the public on these days for
those who wish to see our collection of hellebores in the garden,
the new H x orientalis 'Double Hybrids' and also some of the new
hybrids we have flowered for the first time this year.
Plants will be available to purchase. Some specials available.
Clifton Homestead Nursery is located on Telford Road, off State
Highway One, 20kms south of Balclutha (if coming from the North),
or 10kms north of Clinton (if coming from the South).
Please bring your own sunshine (and gumboots).
Specialist Hellebore growers
Ken & Kate Telford
27 Telford Road, 2RD Clinton
Ph/Fax 03 415 7212
www.hellebores.co.nz email email@example.com
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Celebrating 15 years in business
High note: Vickie Evans with copies of her debut album, Lipstick Stains.
Who knew that one song would be the stepping
stone from South Otago to Nashville, Tennessee?
Country singer Vickie Evans tells Chris Chilton
about the craziest year of her life.
GET YOURS NOW
Vickie Evans' album, Lipstick Stains, is available at Balclutha
Selectrix, Peter Cairns Musicworks in Gore or on iTunes.
Vickie Evans has been shooting
for the stars for the past 12
months but her feet are firmly
planted on the ground.
The release of the Kaitangata
debut album, Lipstick Stains,
caps a year that started big and
kept getting bigger, culminating
in a performance in June in the
centre of the country-music
Evans' album takes its name
from a song she knew was a
good one as soon as it had spilt
out of her.
She had written the aching
ballad of betrayal, Lipstick
Stains, just weeks before she
won the best original song
award with it at the Southern
Alps Awards in Timaru last
Easter. She won again perform-
ing it at the Best of the West
awards event at Westport.
But winning the overall title at
last year's Gore Gold Guitars
was the moment the country
girl from Kai knew that all her
years of hard work had finally
Evans could feel the crowd with
her when she stepped up on to
the stage at the Gore Town and
Country Stadium to receive the
wooden guitar-shaped trophy
that goes to the overall winner.
It felt right that a southern girl
with real country credentials
had beaten the best of the rest
on home turf.
''I've been going [to Gore Gold
Guitars] since I was little and a
lot of people have been there to
support me, wanting it as much
as I ever wanted it. It was pretty
cool. A lot of people were really
Evans had gone through the age-
group competition ranks as a
yodeller before developing her
songcraft. She had also listened
a lot to Australian songwriting
genius Kasey Chambers, whose
song, Pony, is one of only three
covers on her album. ''I used to
sing the s... out of [Chambers']
The Nullarbor Song down at
Gold Guitars,'' Evans laughs.
After her win at Gore in June
last year, the doors flew open for
She was nominated for and won
the Horizon award for best up-
and-coming artist at the New
Zealand Country Music Awards
in Hamilton, which gave her the
right to perform as a guest artist
at the Telstra Road To Tam-
worth. It also earned her a spot
at the coveted Global Artist
Party in Nashville, part of the
CMA Music Festival, the largest
country music festival in the
Nashville was an amazing
experience, Evans says.
''Just to have the opportunity to
sing on that main street. There
are thousands of artists. They
don't even want to get paid.
They're just fighting to get a
spot on there because that's
where you can be recognised. A
lot of stars just hang out there
''It was pretty cool to be a part of
the stage. There's so many
famous people who have stood
on that wood, so I was pretty
She handed out copies of her
album and met the kind of
people who can help her step up
to the next level.
Evans acknowledges Lipstick
Stains has been good to her.
''That song's definitely helped
me get doors open and be
recognised for my songwriting.''
She wrote seven of the songs on
the album, a confident and self-
assured set that held the No 1
spot on the New Zealand iTunes
country music charts briefly,
which raises a laugh from
''It was awesome. I think I was
the only New Zealander in the
top 40. That was pretty cool.''
She says songs come to her in
different ways. Lipstick Stains
came gift-wrapped with a pretty
pink bow on it.
''You can write a really, really
good song out of the blue or you
can sit down for a whole day and
come up with nothing,'' she
says. ''That one came out of the
blue for me.''
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