Born 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 a pure sound often compared to Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, Holly delves into the earnest matters of life- wrapped in metaphors of nature and the soothing mountain landscapes that raised her.
At just 26 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, Patti Griffin, 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 recently received the 'APRA Country Song of the Year 2019' for her powerful track ‘Slow Train Creek’, penned in the Rockies of Colorado.
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