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.
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