Introducing Holly Arrowsmith, a folk singer-songwriter on the rise locally and internationally.
Her lyrics are honest, raw and have been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell, and Laura Marling. Her music touches upon earnest matters of life, often wrapped up in metaphors of nature and the soothing mountain environment that surrounds the Wakatipu Basin.
Her debut album For The Weary Traveller won her a New Zealand Music Award in 2016 for Best Folk Album. Now two years on, Arrowsmith has just released her second album A Dawn I Remember:https://spoti.fi/2u27FCV
and she will be playing at Raise Tūmanako next week!
The Eastern are a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers, and sings love songs like
union songs, and writes union songs like love songs, and wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time.
Having delivered up four albums (‘The Eastern’, ‘Arrows’, ‘Hope & Wire’ and ‘The Territory’), three e.p.’s and 1000 plus shows, The Eastern have garnered a reputation as NZ’s hardest working band. They gather converts and friends wherever they or their records land.
The Eastern have played and toured with with Steve Earle (twice), the Old Crow Medicine Show (twice) and the Lilʼ Band of Gold (twice) as well as opening for everyone from Fleetwood Mac to the Jayhawks to Jimmy Barnes to Paul Kelly to Justin Townes Earle to Hayes Caryll, as well as Jim White, John Doe, Victoria Williams and Vic Chestnut.
‘No Depression’ magazine noted they were “One of the best modern roots acts, from any country”.
Both Radio NZ and the NZ Herald described them as “National Treasures”. The Herald's Graham Reid called singer Adam McGrath “NZ’s toughest minded songwriter” and NZ country legend Barry Saunders simply called them “The Truth.”