Born in the heart of the American desert, in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the mountains of Southern New Zealand, Holly Arrowsmith is a strong forerunner in New Zealand’s current folk revivalist movement.
With sound comparisons drawn to Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Gillian Welch, Holly delves into the earnest matters of life- wrapped in metaphors of nature and the soothing mountain landscapes that raised her.
At just 25 years old, Arrowsmith has toured both hemispheres with her powerful solo performance, and is known for her wry sense of humour and authentic stage presence. Her loyal fanbase have crowdfunded two full length albums, with backers all over the world quick to support new material from this independent artist.
She has supported the likes of Sixto Rodriguez, Willie Watson, CW Stoneking, Jessica Pratt, Nadia Reid and Tiny Ruins and released two award winning records.
Her debut ‘For The Weary Traveller’ received the 'TUI Folk Album of 2016' and she was recently awarded the APRA ‘Country Song of the Year’ 2019 for her powerful track ‘Slow Train Creek’, penned in the Rockies of Colorado.
'This is by far Holly Arrowsmith's best work to date. She has crafted an evocative ’big sky’ album that acknowledges and honours its influences without wasting too much time being reverential. Over this whole collection there is a fine musical sensibility, with melodic and lyrical strength, sensitive and intelligent arrangement /production, and clear creative vision. It is music that draws you back for another listen and offers fresh reward every time.'
'These are strong, considered and finely focused songs about the seasons of life and emotional place, and come with a genuinely poetic turn of phrase'
/Graham Reid, Elsewhere
'There's a trio of female singers who come to mind while listening to A Dawn to Remember: think early Joan Baez or the superstar voices of Joni Mitchell and Emmy Lou Harris.'
***** FIVE STARS, Otago Daily Times
“The album takes it’s title from the great Sufi mystic poet Rumi and there are layers of meaning in her songs....In their intimacy and honesty, they sparkle and energise- there is a subtle interchange of goodwill and self-honouring that reminds us that unless we accept all aspects of ourselves, we’ll never mature..'