Entertainment Legend Eddie Low to Headline Charity Concert
Thursday 23 August 2012
Entertainment Legend Eddie Low to Headline Cambridge Charity Concert
Entertainment legend Eddie Low is headlining the first Cambridge Country Music Charity Concert at Lake Karapiro on 8 September, and says he has just one regret about the timing – and that is missing the Waikato Chiefs thrash the Sharks!
“I always support the Chiefs. Because I live in Christchurch I cheer for the Crusaders, but only if the Chiefs aren’t playing,” said Eddie.
The multiple award-winning balladeer has had a stellar career following a rocky start in life. Born blind after his birth mother contracted German Measles and Tuberculosisis, he is one of New Zealand's best-loved entertainers, known for his shy, humble nature and his “voice in a million”. Less known however is his sporting prowess.
He has competed in the British Blind Golf Open Championship three times - once in Ireland and twice in Scotland; is a former competitor in ‘blind cricket’ and ‘blind hockey’; and competed for the same athletics club as the great Peter Snell “a few years ago now”.
After more than 50 years in the industry, Eddie, who turns 70 in May 2013, says music helped him through the earthquakes and constant aftershocks in Christchurch.
“Actually, I’m the only person in history to have received the New Zealand Country Legend Award three times. The first award was smashed in the September 2010 earthquake; the replacement was smashed in the February 2011 quake; so now I’ve got the third one in a shatter-free, earthquake-proof stand.”
Eddie is recognised for his smooth multi-octave and pitch-perfect singing voice, described by the late Joe Brown, the man who discovered him, as “the voice in a million”.
It’s been many years since Eddie and his good friend John Rowles first began performing at the Picasso Nightclub in Auckland, before going to Australia as a duo in 1963. But he has no plans yet to stop performing.
“The people let me know when they wanted me to start singing – and they’ll let me know when they want me to hang up the microphone.”
The 1st Annual Cambridge Country Music Concert is a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s NZ. Also performing at the concert at the Don Rowlands Centre on 8 September are Brendan Dugan; 2012 National Country Music Awards Male Entertainer of the Year Trevor V Stevens; Cooper’s Run, June Armstrong, Hannah Cosgrove, Pure Dixie Band featuring Dan Cosgrove, and Kelly Greer. Tickets are available from www.ticketbud.com, Cambridge iSite (07 823 3456) or Events Cambridge (0210 569234).