In­die-folk he­roes tour

See some trans-Tas­man troubadours

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Life on the road, liv­ing in his people mover or stay­ing with friends while per­form­ing gigs in the Queen­stown Lakes District has been a whole­some ex­pe­ri­ence for trou­ba­dour Monty Bevins.

Bevins has spent the month per­form­ing in the district and sell­ing hand­made self-ti­tled EPs along the way.

Of no fixed abode, Wanaka was his base for two weeks.

He is now set to em­bark on a New Zealand tour with much loved Aus­tralian in­die-folk artist Christo­pher Cole­man.

‘‘The main thing about be­ing on the road full time is how whole­some it is and the people you meet.

‘‘You have this unique op­por­tu­nity to mix and min­gle will all sorts of lo­cals you might not usu­ally meet,’’ he said.

Bevins said he was look­ing for­ward to hav­ing Cole­man ride in his car for the tour to show him ‘‘amaz­ing spots like Wanaka’’.

How­ever, they will be fork­ing out for ac­com­mo­da­tion. ‘‘It will be a treat,’’ Bevins said. The pair will play 18 shows in 25 days, hit­ting ma­jor cen­tres and re­gional towns across the coun­try in­clud­ing stops in Queen­stown, Ar­row­town and Wanaka.

It will be the first time Cole­man will tour New Zealand, cross­ing the Tas­man to cel­e­brate the re­lease of his de­but al­bum.

Known for his ex­u­ber­ant stage pres­ence, Cole­man tra­verses folk, blues and rock. His de­but al­bum opened at num­ber three on the Aus­tralian iTunes Singer/Song­writer charts.

On song: Singer-song­writer Monty Bevins.

Peak per­for­mance: Aus­tralian in­die-folk artist Christo­pher Cole­man. Tour dates: Thurs­day, Vinyl Un­der­ground, Queen­stown. Fri­day, Micky Finn’s, Ar­row­town. Satur­day, Federal Diner, Wanaka.

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