Arrowsmith works on album
Queenstown’s tiny folk queen with the powerhouse voice, Holly Arrowsmith, was back in her home patch this week ready to finalise the vocals on her second album.
The New Zealand Tui Award ‘Best Folk Album 2016’ winner is fresh from a three-month, 23-stop tour of the United States playing with American folk musician Zach Winters.
Since returning to New Zea- land she has been nominated for a Silver Scroll Award.
Now she is putting the final touches on an album started several months ago with Arrowtown sound technicians Tom Lynch and Steve Roberts and husband Michael Gilling.
The foursome spent several weeks holed up in a bach at Colac Bay, near Riverton, recording material for the album.
‘‘We packed all the studio gear and moved it to Colac Bay where we locked ourselves in the house and recorded heaps. It was just nice to escape to somewhere so peaceful and secluded, free of distractions, which really helps get you in the right space for recording.
‘‘Mike was our resident chef, and we’d start in the morning, then keep recording through until late at night.’’
One of the songs was written while touring in the States.
‘‘I wrote it in a little log cabin we were staying in in the Rocky Mountains.‘‘
Singer and songwriter Holly Arrowsmith is happy to be back in the mountains, in Queenstown.