Barry Green, Director is on the Executive Committee of The Variety Artists Club of NZ. This is a non profit organisation formed to promote goodwill within the New Zealand entertainment industry and foster a spirit of loyalty, friendship and cooperation between professional artists of all genres and its members. Each year the VAC presents a number of New Zealand entertainment awards including the prestigious Benny Award.

WIDE OPEN COUNTRY is a fundraiser for our Gala Awards Night. Our salute to all that is Country Music – a musical style that is gaining traction around the world and here in NZ we have an abundance of talent!

This show features WIDE OPEN COUNTRY – AMERICANA/BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY ROCK & VINTAGE – Headliner JAMIE MCDELL! Jamie’s 3rd album ‘Extraordinary Girl’ celebrates her musical roots. Also featuring Scottish born Sisters The Toner Sisters, The Trenwiths (Paul Trenwith of Hamilton County Bluegrass fame) & Sons and NZ’s hottest new Country Band, The Trail Benders!