Focus on the Land
Country duo’s family tale an Aussie award winner
Thursday, October 11, 2012
FORMER Gisborne singer/musician Camille Te Nahu and her Tasmanian husband Stuie French at the weekend snatched one of the biggest awards in Australian indie country music.
The pair won the Single Of The Year award at the 2012 Southern Stars — the Australian Independent Country Music Awards — that were announced on Saturday.
The pair won for their song Beverley Joy, the second single off their fourth album together, Big Days & Little Years, which was released earlier this year.
But it is not a new one. Te Nahu — who moved from Gisborne to Australia in 1999 — said it was the first song she and French wrote together, back in 2007.
She had never got to meet her husband’s mother Beverley as she died before she and French got together a dozen years ago, but got to meet her posthumously through family photographs and video footage.
The song is the couple’s idea of how a conversation with her might go, in which the two (now parents themselves) say what a good job she did of raising six kids.
IT’S A WINNER: Their fourth album together has already been well reviewed, now Camille Te Nahu and Stuie French’s single Beverley Joy has won the Australian indie country music awards’ Single Of The Year. Picture supplied
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