Hands Of Fame Induction Print

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A brief history of the Hands of Fame

In 1981 members of the Gore Country Music Club Inc. first debated the idea of a Hands of Fame structure in the shape of a guitar to substantiate Gore’s claim of being the New Zealand capital of country music. Discussion began between club members of what, how, when and where. Errol Alison was approached a New Zealand artist who lived in Gore to draw up some concepts of plans. These were taken to the Gore District Council for approval to erect the structure where the brown trout stands now. This initial proposal was turned down and the discussion among club members continued.

In 1992 the members of Gore Country Music Club Inc. had the insight to start collecting hand prints set in concrete of country artists both local and international. Prints were collected from Kenny Rogers, Slim Dusty, Patsy Rigger, Garner Wayne, Suzanne Prentice, Ricky Skaggs, Jade Hurley and many other worthy recipients. During the following years members continued to re addressed the idea of a structure to display the Hands of Fame. A few years later the members asked Errol Allison for a structure that would depict what country music means to the people of Gore and Errol presented his design ideas to the members and the project was adopted at a meeting of the club.

Every year since names have been put forward to become part of the selection process to be eligible for the induction ceremony that year. The club members who were voted onto the Hands of Fame committee made the final decision. This committee spent years fundraising and working towards a debt free structure prior to commencement of the building project. This committee also organized and ran the show for several years.

At the show during the induction ceremony a history of the recipient was read out at a public event where the pioneering days of country music in New Zealand was often revealed. Not all the recipients are singers and the criteria to be inducted is decided by the club members. There were some sizable donations from people such as Jessie McChlery-Tytler.

Some of the people instrumental in the final structure being erected are:

Murray Bruce
Sue Bruce
Jessie McChlery-Tytler
Laurel Turnbull
Murray Kirk
Marlene Kirk
Gray Tytler
Audrey Winsloe

The construction began in 2004 and dedicated in the week prior to New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards on May 31st 2005. All the plaques were installed and spaces for new ones to be added. A few years later ownership of the statue was passed over to the Gore District Council.

Below is a list of the recipients:

Hands of Fame Inductees








No Inductee

Tami Neilson and Jim Sutton

The Warratahs

The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band

The Topp Twins

No Inductee

Brendan Dugan, Pat Dugan

2011 Barry Skinner, Dennis Marsh
2010 Marion Burns
2009 Ray Columbus
2008 Possum Pickers – Peter Hayes, Lindsay Broad, Denise Hayes, Marilyn Hayes, Rae Cavanagh, Barrie Gill, Alf Pope, Steven Hayes
2007 Brian Ringrose, Camille Te Nahu, Jim Lange, Glen Campbell
2006 Roger Tibbs, Johnny Morris, Trevor Dawe
2005 John Grenell. Peter Posa
2004 Les Thomas, Reg McTaggart, Gary Morris, Ernie Andrew
2003 Bob Mason, Peter Cairns, Fay Charlett, Rocky Don Hall, Mary Duff
2002 Garner Wayne, Toni Williams, Jenny Blackadder
2001 Maureen Thomson, Jeff Rea, Canadian Sisters – Violet Williams, Irene Hume
2000 Paul Walden, Garth Gibson, Rex Franklin, Noelene Franklin
1999 Danny McGirr, Caroline Ramblers – Malcolm Marshall, Malcolm Lilley
1998 Noel Parlane, Margaret Bates, Ian Murdoch, Craig Giles, The Plainsmen – Norm Stringer, Claude Stringer
1997 Kenny Rogers, Jessie McChlery-Tytler, The Tumbleweeds – Cole Wilson, Myra Wilson, Colin McCrorie, Nola McCrorie
1996 Jade Hurley
1994 McKean Sisters – Joy McKean, Heather McKean,  Slim Dusty, Anne Kirkpatrick, Wayne Horsburgh, Dusty Spittle, Gray Bartlett, Ricky Skaggs
1993 Patsy Riggir, Max McCauley, Suzanne Prentice, Eddie Low, Evan Beale
1992 Bobby Bare, Max Whitehouse, Alan Barron, Noel Burns