As a tribute to honour people who’ve made a significant contribution to New Zealand country music, a Hands of Fame was established by the Gore Country Music Club in 1992.


Over the years wonderful artists have been honoured with a handprint cast in concrete at the Hands of Fame including Kenny Rogers, Slim Dusty, Patsy Rigger, Garner Wayne, Suzanne Prentice, Ricky Skaggs and Jade Hurley.


At the Tussock Country Music Festival in 2020, Kylie Harris and Paddy Long will be inducted into the Hands of Fame.


Kylie won the 1990 Junior Intermediate Gold Guitar 30 years ago. Two years later she won the 1992 Senior Gold Guitar. At 18, she was the youngest ever winner of the overall Senior Gold Guitar Award. Kylie is an accomplished singer, writer and instrumentalist with an honest and soulful sound. She’s lived in Nashville for many years where she performs as a proud Kiwi and hosts her own daily country music TV show `The Edge of Country.’


Paddy Long is an acclaimed pedal steel guitarist who has been a prominent musician in the television industry, featuring in the show house band for TVNZ’s `That’s Country’ and performing in a host of TV shows, TV soundtracks, music videos and commercial jingles. He has played on more than 160 albums including several gold and platinum releases by Suzanne Prentice and other well known artists. He’s toured widely in New Zealand and overseas and regularly plays festivals and shows. Paddy is an original member of the Remedy Showband, having played with the band since 1978. He was inducted into the Australian Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2011.

Where: Gore Town and Country Stadium


When: Sunday  6 June 2021, 3pm


Cost: Part of Sunday's MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards ticket cost

More information: www.goldguitars.co.nz


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