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Terrible Sons Announce Autumn Tour of Aotearoa

Terrible Sons Announce Autumn Tour of Aotearoa

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Naomi Haussman / Friday 16th February, 2024 8:44AM

Sailing into luminous folk-pop waters with their 2023 album The Raft Is Not the Shore, Ōtautahi Terrible Sons are playing a special one year anniversary tour for their new record (a fine idea), taking them to Queenstown / Tāhuna, Ōtepoti, Whanganui and Te Whanganui-a-Tara and their hometown's The Piano this coming autumn. Songwriters Lauren and Matt Barus (who are married) will play as a duo for all five intimate capacity events, joined for two dates by fellow traveller Ryan Fisherman — whose latest collection Country EMO has been turning heads with its rustic catchiness. Named after a Buddhist parable and meaning "the idea to hold your beliefs lightly," join Terrible Sons in celebration of The Raft Is Not the Shore at the following dates, and look forward to their new single 'Thank You' co-produced by Ryan Fisherman...

Terrible Sons Are Folk Singers On Tour '24

Friday 12th April - Sherwood, Queenstown / Tāhuna with Ryan Fisherman
Saturday 13th April - Maggies, Dunedin / Ōtepoti with Ryan Fisherman
Friday 3rd May - St Peters, Whanganui
Saturday 4th May - Vogelmorn Upstairs, Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Sunday 19th May - The Piano, Christchurch / Ōtautahi

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Watch the video for 'Hold Your Light High' from Terrible Sons' 2023 album The Raft Is Not the Shore...

Press release:

Terrible Sons are celebrating the release of their debut album The Raft Is Not The Shore with a special one year anniversary tour. Terrible Sons, although a fearsome name, are the approachable duo of Lauren and Matt Barus, songwriters, musicians and sweethearts. Residents of Ōtautahi, they recorded the album in their shoebox home studio with a group of friends including producer Tom Healey (Marlon Williams, Tiny Ruins, Soaked Oats), Jo McCullum (The Veils) and brother Jo Barus (Dave Dobbyn). Terrible Sons weave their voices in harmony, while singing about the unexceptional and the big things in life, the you and me, and sometimes each other.

'Terrible Sons Are Folks Singers On Tour '24' is coming to a few select and exceptional venues, places intimate and occasionally sacred. Terrible Sons will be performing as a duo and they'll be sharing the stage with friend and collaborator Ryan Fisherman, who recently released two wonderful and acclaimed musical works, the album Country Emo and the Hidden EP. Ryan is both prolific and heading into weird folk territory, making tunes for the 'ever loved and to be loved'. Terrible Sons will be joined by Ryan Fisherman in Queenstown and Dunedin. This tour is also an excuse for Terrible Sons to release their new single 'Thank You' which was, handily enough, recorded and co-produced with Ryan Fisherman.


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Terrible Sons Are Folk Singers , Sherwood, Queenstown
Fri 12th Apr 7:00pm
Sherwood, Queenstown
Terrible Sons are Folk Singers @ Maggies , Dunedin
Sat 13th Apr 6:00pm
maggies, Dunedin
Terrible Sons Are Folk Singers , St Peter’s, Whanganui
Fri 3rd May 7:00pm
St Peter's, Whanganui
Terrible Sons Are Folk Singers
Sat 4th May 6:00pm
Vogelmorn Upstairs, Wellington