Musician offers to sing you down aisle
‘‘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