Fraser Ross & 04s Announce Nationwide Tour

Fraser Ross and the 04s

Home Alone Music are proud to announce that Fraser Ross & 04s are releasing their new L.P. ‘Life is Magic, Where is my Rabbit?’ with a nationwide tour that kicks off at San Fran, Wellington on August 17th. The album is due out on August 10th.

Ross lives in the southern-most suburb of Wellington: Lyttelton. However, he has teamed up with highly active members of Wellington’s music scene to create a four-piece comprised of two guitars, two vocals, bass and drums. While not unusual instrumentation, their songs span a broad territory, from electric-folk, to afro-beat, with Ross’ lyrical acuity, the glue that somehow makes it all work.

With a fifty-fifty split of ladies & gentlemen in the band; Jacqui & Olivia locking down the rhythm section, and Fraser & Jeremy adding the frilly bits, on paper, at least they are quite unique.

The 10-track album was recorded in Surgery Studios, Wellington with Dr. Lee Prebble in the cockpit. It marks their first release as a band, following two EPs, and an LP by Ross (‘And Birds Do Sing’ 2009, ‘To Places,’ 2012, and ‘Mongrels’ 2015). They will kick off the release tour at San Fran in Wellington on August 17th, followed by Lyttelton Records in Christchurch on August 18th. Both of these shows will feature the full band. The remainder of the dates will feature Ross in a solo incarnation.

Fraser Ross is a builder, poet, comedian, and ‘NZ’s best-kept musical secret’ (Capital Times). He has a voice that was honed in Scotland’s rowdy pubs during his three-year tenure there, and a lyrical style that can be uplifting, and at times, quite moving.

He has shared the stage with some of NZ’s best including, Nadia Reid, The Nudge, and The Phoenix Foundation, and has had Bill Murray join him on stage for a two-hour sing-a-long.

In 2015, he did a three-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a comedy show he wrote called ‘Another name for Thesaurus.’

On top of this, he recently finished rebuilding a house damaged in the Christchurch Earthquakes.

Fraser Ross & 04s

Friday 17th August – San Fran, Wellington*
Saturday 18th August – Lyttelton Records, Christchurch*
Friday 24th August – St. Peters Hall, Paekakariki*
Saturday 25th August – House Party, Whanaganui
Sunday 26th August – Snails, Palmerston North*
Friday 31st August – House Concert, Auckland
Saturday 1st September – Kumeu Arts Centre, Auckland*
Sunday 2nd September – House Concert, Auckland
Monday 3rd September – The Bunker, Davenport
Saturday 15th September – Pidgeon Bay Hall, Pidgeon Bay*
Friday 21st September – Fairfield House, Nelson*
Saturday 29th September – Inch Bar, Dunedin

Tickets available via UTR*

Fraser Ross joins Home Alone, announces album ‘Mongrels’.

Wellington’s preeminent eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross is heading out on his first national tour in New Zealand, in support of his debut LP, Mongrels. Released on July 1st, it is coming out via Wellington musical collective, Home Alone Music.

Having spent the past two years based in Glasgow, touring Europe and the UK, and capping his time off there with a two-week run of music/comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he has now returned to New Zealand at the bequest of his old band-mates in Wellington’s whitest Jamaican dance-band; Newtown Rocksteady.

After nearly three years away from his friends, and bandmates, a ticket was purchased for him so that he could join them for their 2015 summer tour. And, while on tour a wager was made (Newtown Rocksteady get 1,000 likes in a week), that lead him to postponing his return ticket until after this winter. So here he comes… making the most of it.

He will be joined by two members of the Rocksteady on tour; the deft musicianship of multi-instrumentalist, Jeremy Desmond, and the idiot-savant-ish ramblings of raconteur, Deano Shirriffs.

The tour spans the country from Auckland to Queenstown, and for select shows he will be joined by notable dream-folk duo, French for Rabbits, who are making inroads internationally, and who he recently joined for their European tour  in 2014.


Tour Dates

2: Golden Bay: Mussel Inn (w/ French for Rabbits)

3: Wairau Valley: Dharma Shed  (w/ French for Rabbits)

4: Gallery @ The Darkroom (w/ French for Rabbits)

5: Oamaru: Grainstore Gallery, 3pm  (w/ French for Rabbits)

6: Queenstown: Pog Mahones

9: Dunedin: Inch Bar – 7.30pm

10: Queenstown: The Sherwood – with Glass Vaults

11: Port Chalmers: Chicks Hotel (w/ French for Rabbits)

 17: Paekakariki: St Peters Hall  (w/ French for Rabbits)

18: Wellington: Newtown Community & Cultural Centre  (w/ French for Rabbits)

19: Wairarapa: House Concerto

8 Aug: Wine Cellar, Auckland