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Reunion . . . Gore entertainer Murray Kirk holds a photograph of the Catlins River Boys some of whom will be performing at the CD launch of albums the band released in the 1960s at an evening in Owaka next week. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Albums made by band the Catlins River Boys about 60 years ago will be released as CDs.

The CDs will be launched next Thursday at the Owaka Grace Hall.

The Kirk brothers, Russell, Brian, Graeme and Murray, who grew up in the Catlins, were the original members of the band, which was formed in the early 1960s.

Later, as some left the group, Lindsay Donovan and Bill Keelty joined.

Murray Kirk, of Gore, said the group performed at many events for about six years.

“They entertained patients in both the Owaka and Balclutha hospitals and sang at church events in both towns also.

“The last public performance … was at the Catlins Centennial Concert in January 1966,” he said.

The band also entered talent quests.

Even though the original recordings on vinyl were scratchy, once transferred to the CDs, the music was “as clear as a bell”.

He, brothers Russell, of Pounawea, and Brian, of Alexandra, along with Donovan, of Putaruru, would perform at the launch, Kirk said.

It would be an evening of “yarns, memories and music” and everyone was welcome to attend, he said.

Copies of the CDs would be given to the Owaka Museum and would be available to buy.