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The Frank Burkitt Band has won this year’s Best Folk Artist Tui.

The Scottish-born singer-songwriter’s four piece was honoured at the Auckland Folk Festival for their third album Raconteur, which was released back in March last year.

The Frank Burkitt Band – Burkitt, Kara Filbey, Cameron Burnell and James Geluk – is now gearing up for the release of a live EP Lost But Alive, which is set to be supported with shows in New Zealand, Glasgow and the UK.

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Albi signs Second Hand deal

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Albi and The Wolves have become the second signing to new folk label Second Hand Records.

The trio, which earlier won Best Folk Album for their debut LP Eyes Wide Open at the 2017 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, have just released a new single ‘It Ain’t Easy’ and a new album is expected to be released over the Summer period.

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Indie Focus: Second Hand Records

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“Folk is a community not a genre,” maintains Finn McLennan-Elliott. And he wants to foster a similar collaborative spirit on Second Hand Records, the label he launched earlier this month with the release of the Portraits EP by Fables.

McLennan-Elliott is already well-entrenched in the folk world: as well as being the artistic director of the Auckland Folk Festival, he also runs the online magazine Second Hand News and books gigs through Second Hand Touring.

So a label was a logical next step. “The label has been born out of many discussions with friends over the last couple of years,” he says. “I see the label as a collective, a roster of musicians that I also work with for touring and publicity. It’s definitely going to be a collaborative process.”

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Americana Fest line-up

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Some of New Zealand’s best known folk and country acts will share the stage with an eclectic line-up of international guests for the annual Southern Fork Americana Festival.

This year’s event will be the fifth and will run from October 5-12 at Spark Arena’s side venue in Auckland.

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Remember tour for Arrowsmith

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Holly Arrowsmith has announced her A Dawn I Remember Tour, which will run through August and September.

The singer-songwriter will be showcasing her just released sophomore album on the nationwide jaunt, which will include dates in the major urban centres and the provinces.

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Holly Arrowsmith: A Dawn I Remember

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For folk artists, the norm is for a mainly acoustic debut to be followed by a bigger, more band-oriented sophomore set. But for Holly Arrowsmith it’s been the other way around.

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Homeward Bound: Holly Arrowsmith interview

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There’s no place like home, goes the popular saying – and it’s one that rings very true with Holly Arrowsmith.

Homesickness and identity are at the heart of A Dawn I Remember, the second full length album from the award-winning singer-songwriter, which was written at a variety of locations, both here in New Zealand and in the US.

“I started writing the album when I moved from Arrowtown to Auckland a few years ago,” she explains over the phone from, appropriately enough, from Queenstown, where she was about to perform. “I think it was kind of a wakeup call to how much of our identity is in the place we are from and the people who know us – that kind of safe environment. When you lose all of that at once, you kind of lose your bearings. I felt really disoriented for a long time.”

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Folk Revival for July

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Three of popular Kiwi folk acts are joining forces next month for the quickfire Great New Zealand Folk Revival Tour.

The line-up is made up of Auckland’s Albi & The Wolves, winner of this year’s Tui for Best Folk Act, Wellington outfit the Frank Burkitt Band, which released its third album Raconteur earlier this yar, and theSlacks, who will be joined for this tour by their fellow Taranaki musician Ben Dixon.

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Nadia Reid road tests new songs

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Nadia Reid is hitting the road in June and July before heading to the US to record her third album.

The singer-songwriter’s 13-date tour will be her last of the year in her homeland and she intends to use the dates to “road test some of the new songs”.

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Burkitt singing the songbook

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The Frank Burkitt Band are keen to take their sound further afield following their first foray outside of New Zealand.

The band, which has just released their second LP Raconteur, crossed the Tasman earlier this year to perform at the Port Fairy and Blue Mountain festivals and that has whetted their appetite for overseas travel.

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