Some people write books about their lives but singers transform their experiences and memories into song. You’ll hear three New Zealand singer-songwriters talk to music journalist and memoirist Nick Bollinger about their lives, and each of them will sing us songs that dip into their memories.
You may have heard celebrated musician Warren Maxwell in the riveting festival performance of Pass the Gat. Warren is a founding member of Trinity Roots,leader of psychedelic blues group Little Bushman and ex saxophonist for Fat Freddy’s Drop, a soloist and a partner in many musical projects. He is renowned for pouring his heart and soul back into his community.
Reb Fountain performs occasionally with The Eastern but mostly solo. Adam McGrath says, “If they melted guts and mettle and turned it to steel and then shaped it into medals Reb’d need two chests. That voice… born of fire and river run, mountain strong and feather soft”. She’s just been touring her latest album, the dark yet danceable LITTLE ARROWS.
Anthonie Tonnon’s album SUCCESSOR picked up nominations for the Taite Prize and the APRA Silver Scroll; he supported The Veils and Nadia Reid in North America and Europe, and The Chills on a NZ tour, as well as his own headline tours in the US and Australasia. “He is developing a reputation as one of the most impressive performance artists in the country. With his eccentric interactive live show and melancholy folk-pop songs, Tonnon has quickly become a must-see act,” says Sam Smith on The 13th Floor.