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Emily Fairlight / Tom Watson

Sat Aug 12th, 2017

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Emily Fairlight is a poet and a songwriter.

She describes her own music style as introspective alternative folk, written with a rock 'n' roll heart. Others have compared her sound to Natalie Merchant, P.J. Harvey, Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) and Cat Power.

Her voice ranges from the most intimate of whispers to the strongest of wails, delivering beautiful and honest lyrics with heartfelt melodies.

Emily has been composing and performing for over a decade now, and in this time has played throughout New Zealand, Australia and the USA. Her third and most recent trip to the USA saw her record her sophomore album with Doug Walseth of The Cat's Eye Studio in Austin, Texas, featuring some incredible Texan musicians including Cully Symington (Bright Eyes and Okkervil River) and multi-instrumentalist Kullen Fuchs.

With a new band featuring Ben Cole (The Datsuns, Joint Chiefs) on drums, Andrew Bain (Fur Patrol, Svelte) on bass and and occasionally Tom Watson (Cassette and Lawrence Arabia) on guitar, Emily is ready to tour New Zealand with a slew of new songs written over the last year, most of which will feature on the new album. Be sure to catch her on one of these dates.

Tom Watson is a songwriter who has been recognised over the years for his contributions to rock band Head Like A Hole (HLAH) as a riff writer and trumpet player, and also later as the principal songwriter of the country rock band Cassette. who received much acclaim in Australia and New Zealand.

These days he plays various instruments in the Lawrence Arabia band, and a tiny synthesiser in the Wellington Indie shonk pop group Terror Of The Deep, but this Saturday he will be playing new, and old songs of his own making.

alternative, country/folk


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