Session : The Idumea Quartet

Sunday 5th April 2020 at 7.30pm

Blending tradition, experimentation, and sheer nonsense in roughly equal measure, the Idumea Quartet deconstruct and reconstitute Appalachian folk music, drawing strong influences from minimalism and experimental music. Using the traditional string quartet instrumentation while coming from a shared background in traditional music, the quartet seeks to bring the trad repertoire into conversation with a chamber music aesthetic. Add harmonized singing into the mix and the result is a sound which is both high and lonesome and symphonic.

Session: Holly Arrowsmith

Thursday 23rd April 2020 at 7.30pm

Born in the heart of the American desert, in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the mountains of Southern New Zealand, Multi Award-Winning Songwriter Holly Arrowsmith is a strong forerunner in New Zealand’s current Folk Revivalist movement. With sound comparisons drawn to Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, Holly delves into the earnest matters of lifewrapped in metaphors of nature and the soothing landscapes that raised her.

Her powerful solo performance has carried her from home in New Zealand- to the far reaches of North America, Australia and beyond. However, this Spring Holly Arrowsmith will make her much anticipated debut in the UK and Europe.