Sisters Marian Burns and Karen Davy are no strangers to the stage. With a combined 65+ years of music experience, the two are well equipped to provide an impressive show, which is what we are in for with Tennessee Waltz!
Karen has over 25 years experience singing main vocals in various Kiwi bands, touring NZ, Australia, Norfolk Island and Las Vegas. Starting out with guitar in her schooling years, Karen often entered and won talent quests for singing and songwriting. Currently she plays in bands 'The Fleetwood Mac Experience - Dreams' and 'Toucan... duet better than one.' Karen is also well known for presenting an impeccable impersonation of Dolly Parton, who she performed as on Stars in their Eyes in 2008, which we will see in Tennessee Waltz! In 2009 Karen set the Guinness World Record for marathon singing, lasting 48 hours! To date, she has won over 27 awards for country and variety music, and songwriting, including the AGNEW award for excellence in music at the 2011 New Zealand Benny Awards.
Marian, partly motivated by watching her older sister, Karen, play the guitar when they were young, has now been playing violin for over 40 years. Inspired by the music their mother would regularly play and by the band who played at their mothers wedding, Marian new she wanted to be on stage! Her first public performance was at the age of nine at the North Shore Country Music Club meeting, where she got her first taste of applause! Since then her fiddling has taken her across the globe and won her multiple awards since 1993. She was presented with the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the 2013 Golden Fiddle Awards, along with the award for 'Best Fiddler as a Soloist.' As of June 2018, Marian is on the Queen's Honours List as a 'Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit' for her services to music (MNZM) in the New Zealand community - hosting multiple annual fiddle workshops through out the country since 2006.
These sisters are huge in the NZ country music scene, and you can see them perform together, alongside Suzanne Lynch, Karl Perigo and live band in Tennessee Waltz! Performing songs by the likes of Connie Francis, Kenny Rodgers, Dolly Parton, Doris Day and more!