Mu­si­cians on song for up­com­ing tour

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LAWRENCE GULLLERY

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.

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Toko­roa woman now Auck­land-based singer Abbey Harker-fer­gu­son (Ab­bie) will be on her first tour.

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