Words by Mahoney Harris - Aeroplane Music Services.
Reminiscent of Americana folk greats Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Arrowsmith's captivating, earthy voice, will reach into the heart of humanity, and take you on a journey through life's joys and struggles.
Her debut album For The Weary Traveller is a collection of unique beautifully crafted songs with tastefully restrained instrumentation…timeless.
Born in the spacious desertscape of Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the pristine surroundings of Queenstown, it’s no wonder Holly’s songs encompass a reverence for nature.
For The Weary Traveller was a title aptly chosen after Arrowsmith and her husband lived in a van for an entire summer, travelling around the country, taking in NZ’s beauty and meeting many colourful people - plenty of inspirational fodder for songs on the album.
Funded in part by an AMP scholarship and a successful Kickstarter campaign, the album was engineered at Tom Tom Productions in Queenstown by Steve Roberts and mastered at Sterling in NY.
At just 21 years old, Holly has already showcased The New Zealand Country Music Awards, Rhythm And Alps and Rhythm and Vines. Last year she delivered a TEDx talk on ‘Honest Music’, and has opened for internationally acclaimed folk artist Rodriguez, captivating crowds with songs from her EP The River.
“I hope my songs provide a point of view that ultimately inspires, comforts and brings hope to people”, says Arrowsmith.
Holly and her band will be performing after Melbourne based rock'n'roll troubadour, Skyscraper Stan and Auckland based storysinger Tom Cunliffe at The Tuning Fork on the 5th September. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or ph 0800 111 999.
She will also be embarking on an album release tour of NZ and Australia in October this year with American songwriter Zach Winters.