Country music in their blood


It’s a long road to Nashville – but three Arrowtown siblings are living their country music dream this weekend.

Isabella, 12 (pictured from left), Angus, 11, and Becky Reid, 8, will sing their hearts out at this year’s Gold Guitar Awards in Gore.

The talented youngsters are no strangers to the famous country music competition – Isabella, who’s entered for the past few years, and Becky have both had highly commended awards.

This time they’re entering 10 categories in the junior and intermediate sections, including solo, duet, gospel solo, country rock and traditional.

They’ll also join forces to play Kasey Chambers’s Am I Not Pretty Enough? as a band – Becky on drums, Angus on bass and singing harmony, with Isabella on guitar and lead vocals.

Mum and coach Karen Reid – who entered the Gold Guitars herself as a girl – says her kids’ entries this year have been rushed due to other commitments.

Angus, who also plays soccer, has been in Showbiz Queenstown’s Les Miserables as Gavroche, while Isabella trains for competitive swimming five times a week. The family also had a hectic schedule of performances as
a band in the recent Arrowtown Autumn Festival.

“We’ve left it till late and so now we’re cramming. I’m trying to make them practise their songs every day, which is hugely stressful,” Reid says, laughing.

“It’s our own fault – every year we think we’ll get organised early but every year it’s typical, we leave it to
the last minute.

“The Gold Guitars is the most fantastic opportunity for kids – they get a full backing band, a big stage, lighting, huge audience and really good experience.”