Mu­si­cians take on United States with tour

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

Sil­ver Scroll-nom­i­nated duo Tat­tle­tale Saints are about to take on the United States.

The duo’s 50-date tour will kick off on the East Coast this March, and they’ll be shar­ing the stage with Nashville-based blue­grass band 10 String Sym­phony.

Putting the six-month tour to­gether has been both ex­cit­ing yet ter­ri­fy­ing for Saints’ bassist Vanessa McGowan. But it’s a test for what will hope­fully be­come a full-time job for the folkpop band, she says.

Liv­ing out of suit­cases and hop­ping from town to town isn’t for ev­ery­one, Vanessa says, but shar­ing their mu­sic and re­leas­ing their al­bum will be re­ward­ing.

Vanessa and Saints singer Cy Win­stan­ley met Rachel Baiman and Chris­tian Sedelmyer of 10 String Sym­phony last time they were in Nashville. They re­alised their acts would blend well to­gether live, Vanessa says.

Saints front­man Cy was nom­i­nated for last year’s pres­ti­gious Sil­ver Scroll Award, miss­ing out to fel­low North Shore artist Lorde.

As a Ran­gi­toto Col­lege stu­dent, Cy met Vanessa, of North­cote Col­lege, in the Queen City Big Band.

Af­ter re­con­nect­ing in Bri­tain sev­eral years later, they be­gan play­ing mu­sic to­gether again, Vanessa, 31, says.

Their al­bum How Red Is The Blood was recorded in Nashville, widely known as the coun­try mu­sic cap­i­tal of the United States. Vanessa says they hope to record their fol­low-up al­bum at year’s end.

Mak­ing mu­sic: Vanessa McGowan and Cy Win­stan­ley of two-piece folkpop group Tat­tle­tale Saints.

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