Folk Tui Finalists Announced

Folk Tui Finalists Announced

[press release]

Artists hailing from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have been announced as the four finalists for New Zealand's Best Folk Album of 2010. The winner will be announced on Sunday 30 January 2011 at the Auckland Folk Festival.

Folk Tui veterans Flip Grater from Christchurch and Bob McNeill from Wellington are joined by relative newcomers Wires & Wood and Forbidden Joe from Auckland in this year's finals.

Produced by Rob Winch, Bob McNeill's Me and Mary Ann was released in July 2010.

With three Folk Tuis already under his belt, Bob McNeill is considered to be one of New Zealand's top singer-songwriters and one of the country's best-known folk performers for his solo work and as part of Ben the Hoose.

Flip Grater also released While I'm Awake I'm At War in July 2010. Thanks to tracks such as Careful, a meandering alt country ditty with a Fleetwood Mac feel, New Zealand media are already writing about Flip as 'the brunette Stevie Nicks'.

In September and October of 2010, Flip Grater and the band - featuring Geoff Maddock, Dianne Swann, Chris O'Connor and Andrew Keoghan - embarked on a sold-out nine-date tour of New Zealand. She followed up with a 13-date solo tour of France, Italy and UK including two showcases at the MAMA Industry Festival in Paris.

Wires & Wood released their debut album Over The Moon in January 2010. The album was launched at the Auckland Folk Festival 2010 and since then the band has performed at events and venues throughout New Zealand.

Three-piece band Forbidden Joe released In Mourning For The Pride Of Petravore in April of 2010. They received funding from CreativeNZ to record the album, based on the success and critical acclaim of their debut EP Oh, What a Queer Sensation.

The Devonport locals take an inventive approach to traditional music, with unique instrumentation of concertina, cello, trombone and banjo. Using new and old material, from jazz to Celtic, European, roots and soul they have toured nationwide.

RIANZ CEO Campbell Smith says the finalists truly represent the wide variety of musical styles within the folk genre. "The fact these finalists are doing so well both locally and internationally tell us the Folk Music genre in NZ is going great guns. It is a very strong category of finalists and folk music is clearly in very good heart."

The Tui Award will be presented at the Auckland Folk Festival during the final concert on Sunday 30 January 2011.


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