Coun­try mu­sic stars head back to home­towns

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - KEL­LEY TANTAU

For their first head­lin­ing tour, Mae Val­ley will grace the stage and bring coun­try vibes to a Hamil­ton city venue.

Abby Christodoulou and Han­nah Cos­grove formed pop­coun­try duo Mae Val­ley on the sec­ond se­ries of New Zealand Fac­tor. They have now hit the road for a North Is­land tour, mak­ing sure to stop off in their home­towns along the way.

‘‘We’ve wanted to do it for so long,’’ Abby said. ’’ Now we’re fi­nally here and we’re so ex­cited to get out there and have an of­fi­cial tour and meet our fans and go to our home­towns.’’

Hail­ing from New Ply­mouth, Abby recog­nised Han­nah - who is from the Waikato - due to the tight kiwi coun­try mu­sic scene.

How­ever, it wasn’t un­til be­ing paired to­gether on X Fac­tor that the two hit it off. They have now re­leased their self-ti­tled EP, with more work in the pipe­line.

Mae Val­ley will per­form songs from the EP, in­clud­ing the two sin­gles Bright­side and Glitter, as well as Home, the first song the duo wrote to­gether.

They said as ‘‘story-tell­ers’’, their al­bum con­tains an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal styles.

‘‘We like to por­tray pos­i­tiv­ity

Xthrough our mu­sic. That’s who we are and as coun­try mu­sic artists we want to be au­then­tic,’’ Han­nah said. ’’Our songs are writ­ten from the heart.’’

The Hamil­ton show will also give fans an op­por­tu­nity to get face-to-face with the pair. ‘‘Every show will be a nice, in­ti­mate kind of set­ting. We’ll def­i­nitely take time be­fore and af­ter to meet ev­ery­one,’’ Han­nah said.

As for coun­try mu­sic it­self, Mae Val­ley thinks New Zealand may be catch­ing up.

‘‘There def­i­nitely is a grow­ing mar­ket for coun­try mu­sic, I think it’s just a mat­ter of push­ing it,’’ Abby said. ‘‘One day New Zealand will re­alise it’s cool like Amer­ica does.’’

Mae Val­ley, Satur­day Septem­ber 10, Agora Cafe´, Hamil­ton. All ages wel­come. Tick­ets: tick­et­mas­ EP avail­able to pur­chase at the show.

Cour­tesy of Sony Mu­sic, Hamil­ton Press has TWO dou­ble passes to give away to Mae Val­ley’s Hamil­ton show. To en­ter, email your name and con­tact phone num­ber to kel­ley.tantau@fair­fax­me­ En­tries close Mon­day Septem­ber 5. Mae Val­ley’s Abby Christodoulou and Han­nah Cos­grove have re­leased their de­but self-ti­tled EP ahead of their first tour.

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