Rosy Tin Teacaddy are Wellington folk duo, Holly Jane Ewens and Andy Hummel (The Woolshed Sessions, Rhian Sheehan) working under the ultra-egos Betty Grey and Billy Earl. With a partnership that dates back nearly twenty years, the duo are regarded for their on-stage symmetry and effortless blend of vocals. Formed in 2007, Rosy Tin Teacaddy have built a reputation for narrative songwriting and lyrical craft coupled with wit and poignancy. Their debut EP, Blind Leading The Blind opened to audiences with a theatre-style show while their following full-length album, The Homeward Stretch, was recorded with multi-award winner Lee Prebble and released in 2009. It was warmly received by critics, punching above its weight, “Alt country, very lovely, folky, small, enchanting, meandering. It's literally that fresh air - that smallness is just grand!” - Manu Taylor, RNZ National.
In 2010 the pair were awarded a Wild Creations artists-in-residency grant from Creative NZ and the Department of Conservation. This saw them in song-writing exile for six weeks on the shores of Lake Tarawera where they wrote, researched and recorded a translation of local history and personal isolation in a site-responsive manner. The BATS theatre show, Coffee Cups and a Porridge Pot at Frying Pan Lakegave audiences a taste of this experience in May 2010. Their forth-coming album, All Mountains Are Men is due for release on the 125th Anniversary of the eruption of Mt Tarawera, June 10, 2011.
They have played the Nelson, Tauranga and Wanaka Arts Festivals, the ASB Magic Gardens, City and Dowse Galleries, guest-appeared on Radio NZ National and shared the stage with Chris Knox, Jose Gonzalez and Iron and Wine.
'Their second album is packed to the brim with interesting rhythms, skilful musicianship and vocals that wrap around each other'. - Amanda Mills, NZ Musician
'I liked the show because it offered something different - for both the audience and the performers. Rosy Tin Teacaddy's show is a gift to the audience; musical adventurers (and funding-grant receivers) reporting back with their findings to date.' Simon Sweetman, Stuff.