Friday 5 October 2018

"There's so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level."

For nearly 2 decades Willie Watson has been making modern folk music rooted in older traditions. Folksinger Vol. 2, produced by David Rawlings, carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs. With his rich vocal range, Watson breathes new life into classic songs like 'Samson and Delilah' featuring harmonies of gospel quartet the Fairfield Four. Arriving three years after Folksinger Vol. 1 - his first release since parting ways with the Old Crow Medicine Show - Vol. 2 carries on the spirit of a time nearly forgotten.

Holly Arrowsmith's sophomore album, A Dawn I Remember, is already gaining critical acclaim, alongside an APRA Silver Scroll Top 20 nod for closing album track, 'Slow Train Creek'. Sunday Star Times gave the album a five star review while Otago Daily Times compared her vocal performance to an "early Joan Baez or the superstar voices of Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris." The album was recorded between the beautiful coastal town of Colac Bay and The Sitting Room Recording Studio with renowned producer Ben Edwards. Holly Arrowsmith's music often touches upon earnest matters of life, wrapped up in metaphors of nature and the soothing mountain environment that raised her.

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