Ar­row­smith works on al­bum

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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.‘‘

CHAR­LOTTE CHRIS­TIAN

Singer and song­writer Holly Ar­row­smith is happy to be back in the moun­tains, in Queen­stown.

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