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Bevan Gardiner Wins Starring Role

Bevan Gardiner Wins Starring Role

Bevan is 20 years old and has been lived all his life in Dunedin, New Zealand. Being partially sighted has not stopped Bevan from achieving his dreams and goals. He has travelled half way around the world (twice), sung in awards throughout New Zealand, Australia and America, and is currently studying at Otago University for a Bachelor of Music, with the aid of his guide dogs Tammy & Denim.

He started playing guitar at age 6 when he came across an old guitar down in his Dads garage. He enrolled in guitar lessons and continued these for 10 years, eventually branching off to singing and drumming. He joined a local country music club and has won many awards at various Country Music Awards, some of the more recent awards being Gold Guitar Overall Runner-up 2007 singing “My Sweet Lady”, Male Vocal Award CCMA 2006 Tamworth Awards, and Gold Guitar Overall Intermediate Winner 2005 singing “Whispering Jesse”.

Bevan has been a fan of John Denver since aged 7, and his earliest memory was listening to a cassette of him in the car during a family holiday. He was immediately attracted to his unique style and vision, and found the tones in his voice enabled him to perform and sing his music with an uncanny similarity.

In 2007 Bevan travelled with Duo partner Jayne Evans to the 10th Annual John Denver Tribute Week, held in Aspen, Colorado. This was the second time appearing at the Tribute week, and Bevan was well received among the other artists and supports who came together to celebrate John Denver’s life and accomplishments. During his visits to Aspen, Colorado Bevan met John’s mother Irma Deutschendorf and John’s brother Ron.

“I’m really looking forward to participating in ‘Whisper in the Wind - the music of John Denver’ and sharing with everyone my love for his music and all he stood for”


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