Sometimes the songs we fall in love with are not the songs their writers intended. And while the language of music may be universal, our interpretations can be deeply personal.
Three of Aotearoa's award-winning songwriters - Mel Parsons, Bella Kalolo and Julia Deans - share and celebrate the stories behind the true meanings of their songs. In this intimate and powerful show they explore how songwriters translate their experiences, thoughts and feelings into songs that listeners then re-interpret as their own.
2020 Best Folk Artist Mel Parsons has been performing everywhere from festival stages to woolsheds.
“Keeping the crowd was a measure of the power and intimacy of her performance” - Elsewhere
Best Pacific Female artist in 2012 and 2014, Samoan, Tongan and Māori singer-songwriter Bella Kalolo has worked with Mos Def, Dave Dobbyn and Chaka Khan.
“Each song is a masterpiece of vocal gymnastics and raw, energetic soul.” - On Magazine
Julia Deans is quite simply one of our iconic singer-songwriters and well-loved by Wanaka audiences!
“Julia Deans razor-sharp voice is intoxicating from the moment it chimes in.” – NZ Herald
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Sponsored by Forsyth Barr.