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Wow! I can’t believe it’s here-

my album, ‘Memory Lake’, is now out!

After postponing its release because of covid, I wasn’t sure how or when this was going to see the light of day. I’m so proud of this album which I wrote, recorded and produced in my Wairarapa home studio. A labour of passion, love, reflection, repetition, and liberation.

I REALLY hope you enjoy it! 

I write this from a bach in Taupō, having driven up yesterday to start the album launch tour.

Today is a big day!

Album out. Tour starts. 

Please help a sister out by sharing the album link on your pages!

Listen now!



Solo-Giggery & Photo-Shoots.  

Well,  I decided that it was about time I did a little tiki-tour to a few spots and play some solo gigs- stopping halfway in Taupo to do the photoshoot/artwork for my album, Memory Lake. 

What a ride that turned out to be!

I started in Wellington, playing at the Thistle Inn in Thorndon, Wellington- It was packed, hard to hear, but great! There were a few familiar faces from the Folk festival who came along to support, and in general it went really well. I have to say, the FOOD at the Thistle Inn is very delicious, so that capped the night off even more!

The next day I drove up to Taupo to play at the Storehouse. Before the gig, I stopped into 'Love Music' and picked up this little beauty (right)
It is a stunning reverb pedal hand-made in the States by a company called 'Hungry Robot'. 

Played the gig. Small turnout, but some familiar faces which was really nice! I also got the sound really nice, so quite happy with my set-up now! :)



I then took a couple days laying low in Taupo (sort-of). This takes me to the part about doing my album artwork....



I had this idea that I wanted to have me sitting on an old wicker chair in the lake with my face half-covered with a long trailing bit of red material... maybe with a guitar...?

I was staying with my friend, Abby Dance (the photographer), and borrowed her camera to go down to the lake and take some abstract pictures to go in the booklet, on which the lyrics will overlay. 

That sorted, Abby and I went down to the lake. I hadn't anticipated how rough the lake can get! Nor how freezing it was that day!!!

The things we do for 'art'.

Anyway, amongst the high waves, getting covered in sand, falling in several times, we got the shots.


After that, and some serious time in Photoshop and Lightroom, Abby and I hit the road for Thames and the Coromandel Penninsula. 

I played at Luke's Kitchen at Kuaotunu Beach on Sat the 5th. This place is about as close to paradise as you can get, I reckon. 
I've played here before a few years ago and used to drive across from Thames when I lived there- just because it's so amazing.

GREAT gig. 
I'm hoping I'll be able to work a way to play there again in January when the album release tour is on. 

Here are some pics.  xxxx


Gig at Moon! 

Come and see Colette Rivers and the Creeks play at Moon in Newtown for the last songwriter's gig of 2020. 

Sunday 15th November, 2020

Doors open at 6pm. $10 at the door. 
Robyn-Lyn Webber from 6:30pm 
Colette Rivers at 7:30 
Bill Lake from 8:30

Colette Rivers at Wellyfest 2020! 

Whew! Well, what an amazing 3-4 days we had at Wellington Folk Festival.
I had 3 official gigs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, playing with my awesome band, the Creeks (Sarah, Brook and Jordan).
The talent of the other musicians & acts was fantastic and it made for many exciting gigs and late night jam sessions.
The organisers of the festival were really onto it and I felt very lucky to be sharing a cabin with 'Entrada', 'Sadie and Jay' and 'Barry and the Crumpets.' (see bottom right photo- sadly missing Tessa and Jonathan from Entrada though). 
I also was involved in 2 workshops. The first was a songwriting workshop with Penelope and Robin of 'Grawlixes' and 'Sadie and Jay.' The second was one that I ran to get fellow musicians talking openly about the industry, gigging etc.
In general, it was an excellent long weekend. We played really well, had a lot of positive feedback, made new friends and found that it exceeded our expectations on every front. YAY WELLYFEST!

Interview on Radio New Zealand-  

Hi Friends, 

If you missed the interview on RNZ yesterday-featuring myself and Vic Folk- here it is! (unfortunately, I was at rehearsals all day that day so couldn't get down to the station and the sound through my phone is crappy). Good interview looking at folk and the next generation of Folk musicians!

Click here to check it out!

Counting down to Wellyfest! 

Hi Folks,

Well, I'm counting down the days till the Wellington Folk Festival. 

Very excited to be a guest act and running a couple of workshops. 

Gates open at 3pm and the party starts!

My performances are:

Friday: Balladeer Stage 9:30pm 
Sat: Showcase Concert 5pm 
Sunday: Mainstage Feature Concert 4pm

Workshops are: 

Sat 12-1pm Songwriters Forum
Sunday 1:30-2:30 Industry Issues for Gigging Musicians

Don Luciano's Gig 

Colette Rivers is playing at Don Luciano's Bar/Cafe on Friday 28th Aug at 6pm.

I'll be backed by full band tonight - Drums, bass, keys, harmonica & rhythm gat. Should be great!

Come along for a great night.

Cover charge $5

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