Rhiain And The Utter Strangers

Rhiain And The Utter Strangers

About Rhiain And The Utter Strangers from Wellington


Rhiain and the
Utter Strangers
is the moniker of
Wellington based anti-folk songstress Rhiain McGrath. Her first EP Heartplusmelody
out on the 24th August 2012 is a lyric-heavy ode to childhood,
recorded with long-time musical collaborator Oli Wilson (of Knives at Noon,
The Chills
). 
McGrath had a musical
upbringing, performing musical theatre and singing in church. In her final year
of high school she took out the lyrics section at the nationals of the
Smokefree
Rockquest
alongside Wilson. However music was put on the backburner when
she began working as a legal secretary and it wasn’t until a cathartic trip to
Texas that she realised she needed to follow her dreams and record and release
her previously bedroom-bound songs.  
Her music draws
influence from contemporary folk luminaries Joanna Newsom, Fiona Apple, and
Laura Marling. Rhiain says “the music is not about doing something pretty, I
use my voice to portray emotions in a way that is honest and has integrity”.




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