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Shenandoah Davis Announces New Zealand Tour

Shenandoah Davis Announces New Zealand Tour

Wednesday 6th December, 2017 9:47AM

US songwriter Shenandoah Davis is heading back our way for an extensive tour of Aotearoa this summer, fresh off the back of her acclaimed recent album Souvenirs. The Seattle-based artist has toured here twice before, thrilling local crowds with her captivating brand of of chamber-pop nationwide, playing and recording a duet with local songwriter Anthonie Tonnon and squeezing in two appearances at the Camp A Low Hum festival. This time around she’s travelling the length of our nation over three weeks beginning in January, performing in venues little and large. Check out the details below…

Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour

Thursday 18th January - Summer in the Square, Auckland
Friday 19th January - Wine Cellar, Auckland*
Saturday 20th January - The Dome, Gisborne*
Thursday 25th January - Space Academy, Christchurch*  
Friday 26th January - Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin*
Saturday 27th January - Sherwood, Queenstown*
Monday 29th January - Donovan’s Store, Okarito*  
Wednesday 31st January - East Street Cafe, Nelson* 
Friday 2nd February - Meow, Wellington*  
Friday 2nd - Tuesday 6th February - Gathering In The Forest, Whanganui

*Tickets available HERE via UTR.

Here's the clip for Shenandoah Davis’ recent single 'Supernatural Powers' from Souvenirs

Watch the live video for Davis’ popular tune ‘Oh Way Oh’…

Press release:

US-based musician and songwriter Shenandoah Davis is thrilled to announce her third tour of New Zealand, coinciding with the release of her third full-length record, Souvenirs, which came out in September. The album was lauded by Pitchfork as pitch-perfect chamber pop and by American Songwriter as the perfect introduction to her orchestral brand of rock-tinged indie pop and her sweeping, singular voice.

Davis has spent the last decade releasing music and touring the globe, gaining acclaim from fans and fellow musicians, including two previous tours of New Zealand playing not only venues in the city, but in more remote, far-reaching destinations. Her first two tours to New Zealand each spanned the length of six weeks and included two appearances at Camp A Low Hum, a performance on Good Morning, and accompanists/tour mates including dear friend Anthonie Tonnon as well as Stelth Ulvang (The Lumineers.) On this particular trip back, she is excited to bring along the same touring band that traveled the US with her in the fall - her younger sister Alenni, who recently graduated from college will be appearing on viola and synthesizers, and Ian Williams (The Thoughts) on guitar and drums.

Recorded and produced in a Brooklyn apartment, Souvenirs finds Davis going back through past relationships and personal experiences, picking out “moments both significant and insignificant that had gotten stuck in my head for one reason or another,” she shares.

“And you know how to find Northern lights / and you know how to fight wildfires / and you know the Latin names for every tree / but you don’t know me,” Shenandoah Davis sings on the fourth track of her forthcoming third full-length record, Souvenirs. The song, “Gold Coast,” is one of the album’s many peaks in poetic, yet direct lyricism, showcasing Davis’ astounding ability to distill even the tiniest moment, to pinpoint even the smallest of feelings, and spin them into a dynamic narrative that instantly reels us in.

Shenandoah Davis grew up attached to the piano. Being homeschooled, she’d spend each day racing through her lessons so she’d have time to practice for as long as possible. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in opera performance, she packed up and moved to Seattle to pursue their music/arts scene. Davis has been based in Seattle for ten years now, but has spent nearly half of that time away from home, touring throughout North America and the globe both in support of her solo music as well as part of other bands. This extensive touring and DIY work ethic led Davis to write articles and publish zines, giving detailed advice to fellow musicians based on her own experiences recording and on the road, covering topics such as “The Art of Gratitude” and “Things That Will Probably Happen To You On Tour.” Her most recent full-length, 2011’s The Company We Keep, took her to New Zealand, Australia, and Portugal, and also led to coveted slots opening for The Lumineers, Laura Marling, Angel Olsen, and Martha Wainwright, to name a few.

Souvenirs is a breakup album, but not in the traditional sense. Recorded and produced by Sam Miller in his Brooklyn apartment, it delves into breakups both personal and professional, romantic and platonic, intimate and inanimate, shedding light upon seemingly inconsequential occurrences and illuminating their greater meanings and potential consequences in our lives. Its message is amplified by masterful vocals, driving piano, and sweeping orchestral arrangements, with horns and strings that were recorded at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, where Davis’ younger sister had been studying.

Souvenirs finds Davis wrestling with her own kind of High Fidelity moment. In going back through past relationships, “examining these heartaches and romantic catastrophes,” Davis shares, “I picked out a lot of little memories - moments both significant and insignificant that had gotten stuck in my head for one reason or another, moments where I suddenly realized because of a weird look or a too-long pause or an off-topic question that things are not going to work out in my favor in the end.” “East-Facing Window” is as much about a prospective partner as it is about the complicated, romanticized relationship one can have with New York City, “A Ride That Never Came” tells the story of a horrific bike crash Davis witnessed befall a love interest, and “Tilden” expresses the intricacies of “not believing in someone who is trying to reel you in,” as Davis explains.

In reviewing these moments and putting them into song, Davis realized she had created a new kind of souvenir collection, snapshots of time and emotion that had previously gotten lost along the way. In doing so, Davis has crafted a record that is both deeply personal and wildly relatable, leaving listeners with the room we so crave for self-application and reflection, while solidifying her voice as a powerful and prominent songwriter.


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Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour
Fri 19th Jan 8:00pm
The Wine Cellar, Auckland
Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour
Sat 20th Jan 8:00pm
Dome Cinema, Gisborne
Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour
Thu 25th Jan 8:00pm
Space Academy, Christchurch
Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour
Fri 26th Jan 8:00pm
Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin
Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour
Sat 27th Jan 8:00pm
Sherwood, Queenstown
Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour
Mon 29th Jan 7:30pm
Donovan's Store, Fox Glacier
Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour
Wed 31st Jan 9:00pm
East Street Cafe, Nelson
Shenandoah Davis New Zealand Tour
Fri 2nd Feb 9:00pm
Meow, Wellington