Shows for NZ Music Month

Queenstown singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith will perform two shows in the Wakatipu this week as part of New Zealand Music Month. Photo supplied.
Queenstown singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith will perform two shows in the Wakatipu this week as part of New Zealand Music Month. Photo supplied.
Holly Arrowsmith is performing two shows in Queenstown this week in celebration of New Zealand Music Month.

Arrowsmith (20) will play at Queenstown's The Front Room Gallery from 6.30pm on Friday and at Dorothy Browns Cinema in Arrowtown from 8pm on Saturday, performing some of the 13 new songs she has written for her first full album, to be released later this year.

She will be supported by Arrowtown singer-songwriter Ciaran McMeeken (22), who now lives in Dunedin, and together they will bring a distinctive, eclectic sound, mixing folk, blues and their own original styles.

Arrowsmith won the song-writing competition Songstars in 2012 and has since been awarded a $10,000 Roost Mortgages scholarship, which she put towards funding her album.

She also opened for Anika Moa at this year's NZ Open golf tournament, Avalanche City and Luke Thompson, toured with Tui Award-winner Amiria Grenell and performed at Urban Vineyard in Sydney.

Arrowsmith said it was important to support local and national songwriters and for New Zealanders to experience what was being produced around them and be ''proud of local talent''.

''Sometimes being a musician is quite challenging.

''It can be especially hard for us young people to gain support.

''This is our tribute to New Zealand Music Month and we hope people will come out and support the shows.''

• Tickets for ''Songs and Stories'' cost $15 and are available from The Front Room Gallery and Dorothy Browns.