Holly Arrowsmith Announces National Album Release Tour

Holly Arrowsmith Announces National Album Release Tour

Friday 27th July, 2018 10:54AM

South Island-based folk artist Holly Arrowsmith will be touring songs from her acclaimed new album A Dawn I Remember across the country in August and September. The eleven date tour will see Arrowsmith visiting venues ranging from Dunedin to Kumeu in support of her freshly dropped nine track offering. Blessed by the winning touch of engineer extraordinaire Ben Edwards, who’s contributed his skills to releases from Tami Neilson, Marlon Willams and Delaney Davidson, the album's crown jewel track ‘Slow Train Creek’ saw the artist make the APRA Silver Scroll Top 20 finalists this year. Check out the dates below and head over here to suss tickets via UTR...

Holly Arrowsmith - A Dawn I Remember Tour

Thursday 16th August - Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru*
Friday 17th August - 50Dundas (Dunedin Folk Club), Dunedin*
Wednesday 22nd August - Fairfield House, Nelson*
Thursday 23rd August - Mussel Inn, Takaka*
Saturday 25th August - Summer Historic Chapel, Christchurch*
Wednesday 29th August - Te Pahu Sound Lounge, Hamilton
Thursday 30th August - Jam Factory, Tauranga*
Friday 31st August - Kumeu Arts Centre, Kumeu
Sunday 2nd September - Freida Margolis, Auckland*
Thursday 6th September - Common Room, Hastings*
Friday 7th September - Meow, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Check out the video for ‘Every Kingdom’...

Here's excellent single ‘Farewell’...

Press release:

“The album was written over a very difficult but experientially rich time of life,” the young New Mexico-born singer-songwriter tells us.

“I was grappling with a loss of identity, as I left a place which is so deeply 'home' for me and as I found, more intertwined in so many levels of my being than I knew.

I still feel like I am recovering from the losses that ensued, and slowly finding ways to repurpose those spaces again.”

A self-written volume, A Dawn I Remember would slowly take shape over two years. The vast majority of the songs being written in New Zealand, though one was penned in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado (Slow Train Creek).

“At the same time we were travelling, meeting wonderful people and sharing music on the other side of the world, but always longing for the very human desire for one place - and often a place or time that we can't return to,” Arrowsmith explains.

“The line 'A Dawn I Remember' captured that feeling, I read it in a Rumi poem (13th Century poet) and it made me cry. I had a feeling that the album's name would jump out from something I'd read.”

The songs that would soon band together to create an album, were then recorded in the small southern New Zealand town of Colac Bay with Steve Roberts and Tom Lynch, and finished off at The Sitting Room with widely acclaimed, award-winning engineer and producer Ben Edwards (Julia Jacklin, Tami Neilson, Marlon Williams, Delaney Davidson).

Over nine tracks, Arrowsmith addresses homesickness, experiencing loss and painful growth, and finding renewed hope in the dim places. These are experiences documented and compiled over her journey north and back south again, intertwining references to nature and the mountains around Lake Wakatipu that raised her. She cites the dark forests hidden along the sweeping, stretching southern roads, along with characters she met along the way in a gorgeous collection of songs - each with their own engaging, observational tale.

“This is my most honest yet,” she declares.


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Thu 16th Aug
Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru
Fri 17th Aug
50Dundas, Dunedin
Wed 22nd Aug
Fairfield House, Nelson
Thu 23rd Aug
Mussel Inn, Takaka
Sat 25th Aug
Sumner Historic Chapel, Christchurch
Wed 29th Aug
Te Pahu Sound Lounge, Hamilton
Wed 29th Aug
Kumeu Live, Auckland
Thu 30th Aug
Jam Factory, Tauranga
Sun 2nd Sep
Freida Margolis, Auckland
Thu 6th Sep
Common Room, Hastings

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