'Holly Arrowsmith is the new name in folk worth keeping your eye on.
This Southern songstress is turning heads all over the world, with her acoustically driven stirring sound, poetic, thought provoking lyrics, and a distinctively haunting voice.
According to The Source: "This is the kind of C&W meets folk that strips everything but the honesty away, and what you're left with will leave you trembling.”
Born in the desert city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Arrowsmith's nostalgic style echoes Americana- Folk legends, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Raised in the mountain valleys of New Zealand, it's no wonder her songs capture a reverence for nature.
At just 22 years old, Holly has showcased The New Zealand Country Music Awards, and performed at New Zealand's largest festivals Rhythm & Alps, and Rhythm & Vines.
She delivered a TEDx talk on ‘Honest Music’, and opened for internationally acclaimed folk artist Rodriguez, captivating crowds with songs from her EP 'The River’.
Recorded in a grass roots studio, nestled in the Mountains of Queenstown, New Zealand- Holly Arrowsmith’s debut album ‘For The Weary Traveller ’ was released July 2015 to critical acclaim. It has now been awarded the VNZMA Tui Award for 'Best Folk Album Of 2016'.
This June, Holly joins American Songwriter Zach Winters for an extensive tour of North America.'
'A lovely voice and an ancient script add up to a stunning folk interpretation of New Zealand'.
/ James Belfield, NZ Listener
'There’s something about Arrowsmith’s presence that is a different kind of alchemy altogether – in the unusual quality of her delivery and her enchanting voice, which swings between being light and free, before turning into a growl or lilting into a sweet head voice.
/ Fraser Browne, Second-hand News