Indie-folk heroes tour
See some trans-Tasman troubadours
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.