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by Alexia Johnston
Bevan Gardiner will bring the music and life of John Denver to the Timaru stage next month.
Gardiner, a Dunedin-based performer, was looking forward to the Timaru leg of the nationwide tour, which would commemorate the 20th anniversary of Denver’s death.
The Timaru show would take place at the town’s Theatre Royal on May 8.
“It’s a great old theatre,” Gardiner said.
“I’ve played there before when I opened up with Isla Grant.
“I love coming to the smaller centres because you get a really enthusiastic [response].”
Gardiner (29), who, was a member of a John Denver fan club as a youngster, also attended the International John Denver Memorial Festival in the late singer’s home of Aspen, Colorado. It was Gardiner’s dedication to Denver’s music and his own love of performing that secured him the role, but he would not be taking to the stage alone.
Among those to join him was Dunedin-based singer Georgie Daniel. Video clips of John Denver would also feature throughout the show.
“It’s not just a tribute show where I just dress up like the guy and sing songs,” Gardiner said.
“We have John Denver on screen talking to the audience about how he got inspiration for the songs.
The Timaru performance would be one of 23 shows being held in the South and North Islands. The tour starts in Dunedin on May 4.