Mu­si­cian of­fers to sing you down aisle

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‘‘I'm ner­vous, but hope­ful.’’

House con­certs and wed­ding gigs are all up for grabs as Queen­stown’s own TUI Award­win­ning queen of folk Holly Arrowsmith turns to crowd­fund­ing for her sec­ond al­bum due out later this year.

Arrowsmith, who was back home in Queen­stown early this week to star in Auck­land folk band Tiny Ru­ins’ Sher­wood show, launched a Kick­starter cam­paign on June 15.

She has un­til July 6 to raise the $21,000 to fund her sec­ond al­bum, which is al­most com­plete. Donations can range from as lit­tle as $10 or $20, for a free dig­i­tal al­bum or CD, through to $1000 for which Arrowsmith will sing at your wed­ding.

‘‘I’ll sing you down the aisle and do a one­hour canape set for guests. For $1500 I’ll do that in Aus­tralia as well, travel in­cluded.’’

So far she’s been pledged two $500 house con­certs in Queen­stown and Te Awa­mutu.

‘‘We set up in your liv­ing room, or back­yard, and cre­ate a beau­ti­ful am­bi­ence.’’

She’s of­fer­ing a host of other re­wards, and if she doesn’t reach her tar­get by July 6, peo­ple don’t pay on their pledges.

‘‘I’m ner­vous, but hope­ful,’’ Arrowsmith said. She’s al­ready got a gen­er­ous pledge from an Amer­i­can fam­ily, who drove 321km from Min­nesota to Wy­oming to hear her show in the United States.

‘‘Peo­ple are ba­si­cally pre-or­der­ing now, buy­ing my al­bum to sup­port its cre­ation.’’

The money will cover pro­duc­tion, mas­ter­ing, press­ing vinyls, CDs and mar­ket­ing. Arrowsmith de­scribes this as her ‘‘most hon­est work yet’’ – themes of home-sick­ness, loss, painful growth and hope in dim places. Cities emerge ‘‘like dark forests’’ for the first time, but as al­ways there’s a strong re­flec­tion of na­ture. Slow Train Creek was writ­ten in a log cabin in the Rocky Moun­tains of Colorado dur­ing her Amer­i­can tour last year.

Most of the nine new songs were recorded in a ‘pop-up stu­dio’ cre­ated in a Co­lac Bay bach where Arrowsmith and her Ar­row­town pro­duc­ers, Tom Lynch and Steve Roberts, were holed up mak­ing mu­sic for sev­eral weeks late last year.

‘‘I think record­ing in that bach at Co­lac Bay has had a mas­sive in­flu­ence on the al­bum,’’ she said.

Arrowsmith may have been born in Sante Fe, New Mex­ico, but it’s the moun­tains of her beloved Wakatipu where she grew up, that have in­spired the al­bum.

‘‘I’d just moved to Auck­land 18 months ago when I started writ­ing the al­bum. I lit­er­ally wrote the first song, Farewell, as we were driv­ing out of the Kawa­rau Gorge, say­ing ‘good­bye’ to my home and all those nos­tal­gic mem­o­ries,’’ she said.

To do­nate search ‘Holly Arrowsmith’ on www.kick­starter.com

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