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Colette Rivers opening for 'Pencarrow' Growth In The Absence Of Light NZ Tour 2021

Rangitumau Hall, 14 Kaka Amu Rd, Rangitumau, Mauriceville 5871, New Zealand, Mauriceville

Hi friends, I'm very excited to get to open for Pencarrow tomorrow night as they bring 'the Growth In The Absence Of Light Tour' to 'our' home town in the historic Rangitumau Hall. Polish up ya red bands and join us for an evening of music in this beautiful 117 year old hall.

I'll be opening with a short solo set from my album 'Memory Lake', then folks, hunker down for some fantastic sounds from @ovustheband who are coming over from Wellington to celebrate the occasion followed by Pencarrow who will hit the stage with graceful guitar melodies and sombre piano passages through to heavy rhythmic climaxes and searing solo sections. They will throw you glimmers of magic from their second album.(see below for more deets!)

.. The Rangitumau Hall is about 10mins drive north of Masterton. All event details can be found here: .. https://www.facebook.com/events/957263145017753 .. See you tomorrow night!!

DOORS OPEN 7:00PM. Music from 7:30pm - 11:00pm. The gig is FREE but if you happen to fancy supporting the bands then feel free to get ya hands on some merch or you can make a small donation to cover venue hire.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pencarrow - ‘In Medias Res’ Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t_vKMoaFOU “a masterpiece which blends musical moods and genres to enthral both newcomers and established fans. New Zealand audiences are in for a treat.” - Howard King, At The Barrier “The sequencing and flow of Growth in the Absence of Light has obviously been well-thought out, and makes the whole so much greater than the sum of its parts.” - Nick Hudson, The Progressive Aspect “Every Prog fan should have heard of their second work ‘Growth In The Absence Of Light’ - Flohfish, Betreutesproggen.de

Colette Rivers

Meow, 9 Edward Street , Wellington, New Zealand 6011

Colette Rivers presents her long awaited album launch tour of 'Memory Lake' at Wellington's Meow.

She will perform the album in full, joined onstage by talented friends, Sarah Urwin on banjo, guitar and harmonies and Brook Davies on bass and harmonies.

Expect to hear indie-folk music and songwriting at its best: songs about life, love, nature and New Zealand, lyrics to transport you, with harmonies that weave through finger-picked guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass.

[Colette Rivers has] taken folk music and given it a good shake. - Lynn Freeman Radio NZ

“Colette's ability to grow a song and build the song keeps you gripped throughout and is one for a nice summer evening in the late evening sun. ” -Dave, The Unsigned Reviewer

Rivers' music has a sense of strong melodic hook-writing, as featured in the haunting and sometimes gritty melodies in all of her songs. The honesty and depth of Rivers' lyrics reflect her fearlessness in revisiting the past, considering life and death; beauty and pain.

After living in both the USA and United Kingdom, Rivers says coming home is a grounding experience. “Sitting, looking at the lake (Taupō), breathing in the damp kiwi bush and eucalyptus trees, there is something intangible, filled with memories.”

Opening for Colette is Wellington-by-way-of-Dunedin indie-folk band, 'Grawlixes', whose music often deals in the melancholy with self-deprecating honesty and beautiful boy-girl harmonies, sung by co-founders Robin Cederman and Penelope Esplin.

Tickets $20 (+BF) Door Price $25

Colette Rivers- Memory Lake - Album Launch Tour

The Paisley Stage, 17 Carlyle street , Napier, New Zealand 4110

Colette Rivers presents her long awaited album launch tour of 'Memory Lake' at Napier's Paisley Stage.

She will perform the album in full, joined onstage by talented friends, Sarah Urwin on banjo, guitar and harmonies and Brook Davies on bass and harmonies.

Expect to hear indie-folk music and songwriting at its best: songs about life, love, nature and New Zealand, lyrics to transport you, with harmonies that weave through finger-picked guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass.

"[Colette Rivers has] taken folk music and given it a good shake." - Lynn Freeman Radio NZ

“Colette's ability to grow a song and build the song keeps you gripped throughout and is one for a nice summer evening in the late evening sun. ” -Dave, The Unsigned Reviewer

Rivers' music has a sense of strong melodic hook-writing, as featured in the haunting and sometimes gritty melodies in all of her songs. The honesty and depth of Rivers' lyrics reflect her fearlessness in revisiting the past, considering life and death; beauty and pain.

After living in both the USA and United Kingdom, Rivers says coming home is a grounding experience. “Sitting, looking at the lake (Taupō), breathing in the damp kiwi bush and eucalyptus trees, there is something intangible, filled with memories.”

Opening for Rivers is local americana/ country-folk group, Spooky Skeletons.

Tickets $18 (+BF $20) Online. $20 at door.

Colette Rivers- Memory Lake - Album Launch Tour

Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Road, , Thames 3577

Colette Rivers presents her long awaited album launch tour of 'Memory Lake' at Thames' Kauaeranga Hall.

She will do a solo performance of her album in full.

Expect to hear indie-folk music and songwriting at its best: songs about life, love, nature and New Zealand, with lyrics to transport you, weaving through finger-picked guitar and mandolin.

"[Colette Rivers has] taken folk music and given it a good shake." - Lynn Freeman Radio NZ

“Colette's ability to grow a song and build the song keeps you gripped throughout and is one for a nice summer evening in the late evening sun. ” -Dave, The Unsigned Reviewer

Rivers' music has a sense of strong melodic hook-writing, as featured in the haunting and sometimes gritty melodies in all of her songs. The honesty and depth of Rivers' lyrics reflect her fearlessness in revisiting the past, considering life and death; beauty and pain.

After living in both the USA and United Kingdom, Rivers says coming home is a grounding experience. “Sitting, looking at the lake (Taupō), breathing in the damp kiwi bush and eucalyptus trees, there is something intangible, filled with memories.”

Opening for Rivers are local talents, 'The Chunes'. A duo of brothers with an acoustic soul background.

Tickets $18 (+BF $20) Online. $20 at door.

Colette Rivers- Memory Lake - Album Launch Tour

Nivara Lounge, Basement 266 Victoria Street , Hamilton, New Zealand 3204

Colette Rivers presents her long awaited album launch tour of 'Memory Lake' at Hamilton's Nivara Lounge.

She will perform the album in full, joined onstage by talented friends, Sarah Urwin on banjo, guitar and harmonies and Brook Davies on bass and harmonies.

Expect to hear indie-folk music and songwriting at its best: songs about life, love, nature and New Zealand, lyrics to transport you, with harmonies that weave through finger-picked guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass.

[Colette Rivers has] taken folk music and given it a good shake. - Lynn Freeman Radio NZ

“Colette's ability to grow a song and build the song keeps you gripped throughout and is one for a nice summer evening in the late evening sun. ” -Dave, The Unsigned Reviewer

Rivers' music has a sense of strong melodic hook-writing, as featured in the haunting and sometimes gritty melodies in all of her songs. The honesty and depth of Rivers' lyrics reflect her fearlessness in revisiting the past, considering life and death; beauty and pain.

After living in both the USA and United Kingdom, Rivers says coming home is a grounding experience. “Sitting, looking at the lake (Taupō), breathing in the damp kiwi bush and eucalyptus trees, there is something intangible, filled with memories.”

Opening for Rivers are the dizzyingly talented bluegrass/folk duo, '2 of 3,' with a sound similar to ‘The Milk Carton kids’, and ‘Gillian Welch’. Brothers Laurence (guitar and vocals) and Sam (guitar, vocals, mandolin, and bass) know how to put on a good show.

Tickets $18 (+BF $20) Online. $20 at door.

Colette Rivers- Memory Lake - Album Launch Tour

The Wine Cellar, Auckland , St Kevin's Arcade, 183 Karangahape Road , Auckland, New Zealand 1010

Colette Rivers presents her long awaited album launch tour of 'Memory Lake' at Auckland's Wine Cellar.

She will perform the album in full, joined onstage by talented friends, Sarah Urwin on banjo, guitar and harmonies and Brook Davies on bass and harmonies.

Expect to hear indie-folk music and songwriting at its best: songs about life, love, nature and New Zealand, lyrics to transport you, with harmonies that weave through finger-picked guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass.

"[Colette Rivers has] taken folk music and given it a good shake". - Lynn Freeman Radio NZ

“Colette's ability to grow a song and build the song keeps you gripped throughout and is one for a nice summer evening in the late evening sun. ” -Dave, The Unsigned Reviewer

Rivers' music has a sense of strong melodic hook-writing, as featured in the haunting and sometimes gritty melodies in all of her songs. The honesty and depth of Rivers' lyrics reflect her fearlessness in revisiting the past, considering life and death; beauty and pain.

After living in both the USA and United Kingdom, Rivers says coming home is a grounding experience. “Sitting, looking at the lake (Taupō), breathing in the damp kiwi bush and eucalyptus trees, there is something intangible, filled with memories.”

Opening for Rivers is local Indie-Folk/Pop/Rock artist, 'Isla'.

Tickets $18 (+BF $20) Online. $20 at door.

Colette Rivers- Memory Lake - Album Launch Tour

Taupo Museum, 4 Storyplace, Taupo

Colette Rivers begins the journey of her long awaited album launch, 'Memory Lake' in her spiritual hometown of Taupō, from which the album takes its name.

Expect to hear indie-music and songwriting at its best: songs about life, love, nature and New Zealand, lyrics to transport you, with harmonies that weave through finger-picked guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass.

"[Colette Rivers has] taken folk music and given it a good shake." - Lynn Freeman Radio NZ

“Colette's ability to grow a song and build the song keeps you gripped throughout and is one for a nice summer evening in the late evening sun. ” -Dave, The Unsigned Reviewer

Rivers' music has a sense of strong melodic hook-writing, as featured in the haunting and sometimes gritty melodies in all of her songs. The honesty and depth of Rivers' lyrics reflect her fearlessness in revisiting the past, considering life and death; beauty and pain.

After living in both the USA and United Kingdom, Rivers says coming home is a grounding experience. “Sitting, looking at the lake (Taupō), breathing in the damp kiwi bush and eucalyptus trees, there is something intangible, filled with memories.”

Rivers will present her album in full, joined onstage by talented friends Sarah Urwin on banjo, guitar and harmonies and Brook Davies on bass and harmonies.

Opening for Rivers is the dreamy Indie-Pop duo, 'False Heights.'

Tickets $18 (+BF $20) Online. $20 at door.

Colette Rivers at Luke's Kitchen

Luke's Kitchen, 20 black Jack rd , Kuaotunu

Expect an intimate evening of music and story-telling.
Indie-Folk songwriter and producer, Colette Rivers will be giving a solo performance featuring original songs from her upcoming album, 'Memory Lake,' and a selection of covers by artists, young, old and long gone. Rivers’ voice shivers with the raw expressiveness of greats like Bruce Springsteen or Gillian Welch and a sharp edge that evokes the likeness of Liz Phair or Aimee Mann. There is an undeniable sense of strong melodic hook-writing, while the honesty, poeticism and depth of Rivers' lyrics reflect a fearlessness in revisiting the past, feeling the moments of the right now, considering life, death and the beauty, pain and reality of it.

Colette Rivers

The Storehouse, 14 Rununga Street, Taupo

Bring a good one, grab a cold one, pipe down and enjoy the talents of Colette Rivers. She'll croon, you'll be sure to swoon and no doubt it'll be a good time all around. Beer+Wine+Bar Menu: sliders/fries/shared plates etc.

Who the Folk is That?!

The Third Eye, Wellington, 123 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, Te Aro, Wellington

Who the FOLK is that?! is a showcase series of young up and coming folk musicians in Wellington. This concert features the sounds of ChildLight, Colette Rivers, and WolfGangBird This is a night of great folk music not to be missed!

Doors open at 6pm Concert starts at 6.30pm Tickets $10 (+BF) from Under the radar.

Tickets $10 (+BF) from Under the radar.

Longbush Music festival

Longbush, Wairarapa

Music starts about 12pm, till very late We expect responsible party-going so encourage people to put up tents and sleep over, arrive early to set up tents. This is a Family Event, responsible children of responsible parents are most welcome. Sorry NO dogs. We have increasing number of participants, so we have decided allot some definite time slots for performers with open mike sessions in between. Bands please pm. Coral direct for time slots.

What to bring: Tent, food for BBQ, drinks, picnic chairs & blankets, coffee/tea for the morning. Cash for Koha and food truck What to take: Please pick up & take all your rubbish & recycling home with you. Whats provided: PA, Microphones & Drum Kit, Covered area for BBQ’s, Hot plates, water, washing up, Toilets & cups for byo tea & coffee. Food Truck open till late. Barrister cafe for coffee and hot chocolate

The Songwriter Sessions at Moon

Moon, Newtown, Wellington NZ

Colette Rivers is playing at 'The Songwriter Sessions' at Moon music venue in Newtown, Wellington. Doors open at 6 with $5 cover charge. 6:30 Terry Shore; 7:30 Stellarize;
8:30 Colette Rivers.