Wairarapa country music festival Headline act 2019

bevan gardiner (of John Denver Tribute fame) alongside james davy

The Wairarapa Country Music Festival proudly presents Bevan Gardiner (John Denver Tribute fame) alongside James Davy

Bevan has been playing guitar since the age of 6, singing from age 10 and playing drums from 18 years old.
In 2005 he won the intermediate Gold Guitar title and as a result of that, went to Tamworth to perform in 2006.

In 2008 he starred in “Whisper The Wind” the John Denver tribute show and toured around the country.
Bevan has opened for Isla Grant 2010 to 2012, Country Star Charlie Pride in 2013 and toured ‘Take Me Home’ the music and life of John Denver in 2014 around Australia and New Zealand and 2016 around Australia and again in NZ in 2017.

“All of these tours have been such a great experience for me says Bevan and he just loved performing for all those people. I felt I learnt so much about entertaining.” It’s great to be able to take people on a journey for a couple of hours. 

Bevan completed a Music degree (B Mus) at Otago University in 2012 and he also teaches guitar, singing and drums privately.

Bevan plays in local bands Tempo, the Crescents, nV and has a duo act with renowned guitarist James Davy who will join Bevan on stage at the festival.

“I love performing, whether it be playing drums or singing, and I hope to be doing it for a long time.

Bevan and his partner Brie have two children. Their Son Lucas who is 3 years old and Daughter Ava who is just 4 and a half months old. “Being a parent is the best says Bevan.”

James Davy

On stage with Bevan will be James Davy. James first started playing guitar at the age of twelve developing an interest in Jazz, Classical and Rock guitar styles.

In 1996 James studied at Christchurch jazz school for two years and later on finished a degree and post grad in music at Otago University. Having played Ten years in Auckland as a freelance musician James developed the skills to become an accomplished professional player. James played in bands ‘Rhythm and Groove’ and ‘Below the Bassline’ two popular working bands in Auckland.

Since moving Southward James has developed an interest in country music and has played with various artists including Bevan Gardiner, Jeff Rae, Susan Prentice, Garry Morris, Craig Adams and many more. James enjoys the slower pace of Dunedin which is a great place to raise his two daughters.