Queenstown singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith (19) who will
this week experience her first ''mini-tour'', being invited
to perform with New Zealand Music Awards Tui Folk Album of
the Year winner Amiria Grenell, daughter of New Zealand
country music star John Hore Grenell. Photo supplied.
Queenstown singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith has scored
her first ''mini-tour'', travelling throughout Otago this week
with New Zealand Music Awards Tui Folk Album of the Year winner
Grenell was impressed by the 19-year-old's indie-folk sound
and invited her to perform on the tour, which will include
Wanaka's Federal Diner on Friday and St Peter's Hall in
Queenstown on Saturday and in Dunedin on Sunday.
Arrowsmith said it was a ''huge honour'' to be playing
alongside Grenell - the daughter of New Zealand country music
star John Hore Grenell - who had played with Fly My Pretties
and had just finished a North Island tour.
''I'm so excited.
''It's my first tour and I wasn't expecting it to come along
''I feel very lucky with the opportunities I've been given.
Some musicians have to wait a long time for this. I'm so
blessed,'' Arrowsmith said.
In January, Arrowsmith was a solo act at Parachute, one of
New Zealand's largest music festivals, and also performed at
the past two Queenstown Winter Festivals.
In April, the teenager gave up her job as a Ziptrek guide to
pursue singing and songwriting - by June she had released her
first four-track album, an EP called The River,
featuring original material.
The album included Wolves and Moons, the song that
stunned the Songstars audience in Arrowtown last year.
Days after the song was posted online, it had received 3000
plays and was being aired on a Californian radio station.
Since then, Arrowsmith has featured as a new emerging New
Zealand artist on Life FM and in December will play alongside
leading New Zealand performers the Black Seeds and Anika, Boh
and Hollie at the South Island Wine and Food Festival in
''I'm really looking forward to learning from the experience
of these amazing high-profile artists,'' she said.
She is also working on new material for her second album,
which will be recorded this summer with TomTom Productions.
''I've written three new songs and have five or six more on
''I'm excited to create it, but it's still in its early
formation, still evolving.''
Arrowsmith said the ''cool part'' of her sudden success was
hearing from people whose lives she had touched.
Recently, a young woman in Zimbabwe taught herself to play
Wolves and Moons and sang it at her grandmother's funeral.
''That puts it all in perspective for me.
''That's the reason I do it.
''It's a huge honour and privilege to be part of somebody's
life like that.
''Music is the conduit to make that happen.''
Arrowsmith and Grenell will perform at the St Peter's Church
Hall from 8pm on Saturday. Tickets cost $10 at the door.