Young singer gets lo­cal

A talk with artist Sarah Henare

The Observer - - PULSE - Ju­lia Bartrim ju­lia.bartrim@glad­sto­neob­

SARAH Henare has been per­form­ing to crowds since she was a lit­tle girl.

The young singer/song­writer, re­cently re­turned from Canada, started her mu­sic ca­reer play­ing the steel drum with her fa­ther’s band at age seven.

“He put me on an aer­o­bics step so I could reach the drum so I could play for ev­ery­one,” she said.

Sarah, based in Rock­hamp­ton, sings and plays gui­tar and de­scribes her mu­sic as acous­tic soul style.

“It’s very dif­fer­ent, it’s not like ev­ery­one else, think No­rah Jones but a lit­tle more up­beat,” she says.

Since she was very young, Sarah has loved mu­sic but it was only when she left for Canada two years ago that she started play­ing her own reg­u­lar gigs.

“Be­fore I left I was on the down-low, I’ve al­ways loved mu­sic and it was only in Canada I dis­cov­ered how awe­some it is to share it,” she said.

“Once I moved away, that’s when I re­alised who I am as a per­son and what I love to do, I de­cided to chase that dream (of a ca­reer in mu­sic).

“The trav­el­ling, it was my first lit­tle ex­pe­di­tion away from my par­ents, it was a com­ing of age sort of thing,”

Sarah says she took ideas for her mu­sic from the coun­try it­self as well as from the peo­ple she met.

“The peo­ple over there, (are) all so dif­fer­ent but they want the same things as well,” she said.

Sarah will be play­ing at Tan­num Sands this week­end and will bring a mix of cov­ers and some of her own mu­sic, “I’ll def­i­nitely throw in a few orig­i­nals,” she said.

She is look­ing for­ward to the four-hour gig.

“I’m ex­cited to be able to come down to Glad­stone and to spread my mu­sic,” she said.

“I hon­estly love do­ing it, it doesn’t seem like four hours to me, the whole time I’m en­gaged with it be­cause I like do­ing it.”

Sarah’s fa­ther, Wil­liam Henare will travel to Glad­stone with her and be at the af­ter­noon gig.

Sarah cred­its her fa­ther with fos­ter­ing her love of mu­sic.

“He has al­ways played live gigs (with his band Har­vest Cry), he has al­ways brought me up around mu­sic, (in­clud­ing) play­ing with his band, I’ve al­ways had a taste for live mu­sic,” she said.

“We did fes­ti­vals in Bris­bane, but he never ever, pushed me to do it, it was al­ways ... that I liked to do it.”

Catch Sarah Henare at the Tan­num Sands Ho­tel this Sun­day 1pm – 5pm or at Head­ricks Lane, Rock­hamp­ton on Fri­day, Septem­ber 15 from 6 -9.


FIND­ING HER FEET: Sarah Henare at the Whistler Ski and Snow­board Fes­ti­val 2017 (Canada).

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