Musicians on song for upcoming tour
What happens when you put two singers in a car with a map of New Zealand?
They go on tour. And that’s the case for Auckland performers Abbey Harker-ferguson and Yasamin Al-tiay who will make they way to Hamilton soon as part of their On A Good Note tour.
Harker-ferguson is originally from Tokoroa while Yasamin was born in Iraq and moved to Auckland when she was 11.
Their On A Good Note tour starts in Auckland on July 12 and ends in Wellington on August 3. They will perform in Hamilton on July 14 and in Raglan on July 22. Other tour gigs will be in New Plymouth and Christchurch.
Harker-ferguson’s sound combines soul, blues and jazz music. She was first noticed as a contestant on Maori Television’s Homai Te Pakipaki.
Yasamin completed a science degree at the University of Auckland but decided to study at the Nelson School of Music where she developed her own songwriting style, heading into a pop/folk sound.
It has been a year of first-time accomplishments for Harkerferguson. She released her debut single last winter and debut album at the end of 2016.
Performing live is what she loves. And now with the debut album out, and her music circulating the nation, it’s a good time to take the collection of songs on the road.
‘‘I like performing live and just getting lost in that moment when you’re on stage. I really hope people find our music inspirational. This is my first tour and so I hope people just come along and enjoy some honest, original New Zealand music and leave feeling like they’ve had a good time.’’
Preparing for the tour has been a learning curve. She admits it’s all going to be done on a shoestring budget with challenges on and off the stage.
But those were the challenges she was looking forward to.
‘‘Well it’s going to be an intimate tour, Yasamin and myself in a car heading down from Auckland to Hamilton and then flying to some of the other gigs.
‘‘We’ve had a talk about how we will see our performances on stage, our presentation of songs, what the audience might think.’’
Harker-ferguson said she hopes the tour will provide the inspiration for a new collection of songs for a second album.
Tokoroa woman now Auckland-based singer Abbey Harker-ferguson (Abbie) will be on her first tour.