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Fraser Ross Announces 'Thunderhead' Album Launch Tour

Fraser Ross Announces 'Thunderhead' Album Launch Tour

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 17th April, 2024 12:57PM

Currently garnering fresh fans via the SRN airwaves with standout single 'Cards', Fraser Ross' new album Thunderhead was sparked by reflective time spent at Thunderhead Artist’s Refuge in Montana while travelling in the US — "the physical and metaphorical place I turned around and stopped running away from the guilt of leaving.” Recorded / mixed with Lee Prebble at Pōneke’s Surgery Studios, the veteran Ōtautahi-based songwriter is celebrating his third studio long player with an expansive yet snappy tour, playing at the capital's Vogelmorn Upstairs in mid-May aka NZ Music Month / Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa, plus a hometown event at Space Academy on 1st June.

Featuring the aforementioned 'Cards' alongside shimmering lead single 'Janice, In The Dairy', the hushed reminiscences of 'Catherine', the poetic travelogue-like title track and four more fresh tunes, head along and raise a glass to the affable artist's latest work — playing "one show per island" at the following dates...

Fraser Ross, Thunderhead Album Tour
Saturday 18th May - Vogelmorn Upstairs, Wellington
Saturday 1st June - Space Academy, Christchurch

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Press release:

Celebrating the release of his new record THUNDERHEAD, Fraser Ross is performing 'one show for each island.' Weaving folk, indie and soft-rock, the Ōtautahi-based artist has achieved a masterful collection of perfectly curated songs. The journey of THUNDERHEAD is as universal as it is personal to the artist, who wrote it as a documentary of self-discovery and forgiveness through his travels throughout America. Named after Thunderhead Artist’s Refuge in Montana, Fraser says that his experience at the artist camp was one of recovery and redirecting: “It was the physical and metaphorical place I turned around and stopped running away from the guilt of leaving.”

Fraser’s quirky sense of humour paints beautiful imagery for moving on with singles from this collection like ‘Janice, In the Dairy’, ‘Thunderhead’ and ‘Cards’ connecting the record like carriages of a train, taking listeners on an enjoyable journey of infectious and heartfelt music.

He has travelled the world with music, supporting Phoenix Foundation, Nathan Haines, and Nadia Reid. His EPs, AND BIRDS DO SING (2009) and TO PLACES (2012) established him as a serious talent and a brilliant, loud-shirted presence within the New Zealand underground. Numerous shows, time in Scotland, and two Albums - MONGRELS (2015) and LIFE IS MAGIC, WHERE IS MY RABBIT? (2018) - later, he has built a dedicated following in both the UK and New Zealand. Dubbed a Kiwi Billy Connolly for his tongue-in-cheek stage presence, he'll mix a light-hearted quip with a lonesome tune no problem. With his exciting new contribution to the Aotearoa music landscape, THUNDERHEAD is yet another reason to celebrate the talent that is Fraser Ross.


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Fraser Ross, Thunderhead Album Tour
Sat 18th May 7:30pm
Vogelmorn Upstairs, Wellington
Fraser Ross, Thunderhead Album Tour
Sat 1st Jun 8:00pm
Space Academy, Christchurch