The Sherwood

Electronic songbird

At the age of eight Nicole Andrews taught herself how to play piano. But during the creation of her debut album, In the Shallows, which she produced herself, the Wellington musician was drawn to something new. “I experimented with writing electronic...

Choice open mic night

On the final Thursday of every month, something magical happens at Queenstown's The Sherwood. Songwriters and poets come out of the woodwork to air their original content — tonight is no exception. For the past year locals Claire Forrester and Paul...

Scottish Harpist

Esther Swift is gracing Queenstown with her voice and an uncommon instrument — the harp. The Scottish songbird touched down in New Zealand, for the first time ever, a few weeks back and plays The Sherwood tomorrow. She’s promoting her two...

For the love of NZ

Shenandoah Davis is the only international artist signed to Kiwi record label Home Alone. The United States muso is playing The Sherwood for the first time on Saturday. Based in Seattle, Washington, this is her third trip to Middle Earth. Back in...
Kiwi comic Guy Williams’ intro to stand-up was awkward. A uni mate he fancied asked him to a comedy gig. He thought it was a date — it wasn’t. “It was a whole bunch of people getting together but I didn’t know...

On the right road

Cantabrian Mel Parsons has been touring non-stop since 2015. It’s when she released her third album, Drylands. Speaking to Mountain Scene while on the road in Oz, she admits it can be knackering. “Most of the time when I am on the road,...

Southern songbird

"A bit more strummy." That’s how Tui award-winning Kiwi muso Amiria Grenell describes her upcoming yet-to-be-named album. The Christchurch native plays The Sherwood on Saturday with friend and fellow singer-songwriter Flip Grater. Grenell hasn’t recorded the EP but does have an idea...

Aussie backs himself

Expect weird folk music from Ben Salter’s gig in Queenstown tonight. The Aussie is bringing his Back Yourself album launch tour to The Sherwood. Pin-pointing what genre his music falls into is always a hard question, the muso says. But he comes...

Deep, dark dad tales

Comic Rhian Wood-Hill’s upcoming Queenstown gig ‘How I Met My Father’ is pretty self-explanatory. The 26-year-old Kiwi met his biological dad, an ex-Mongrel Mob Samoan, when he was 21. It was an accidental meeting that made him ponder his identity. His youth...

Eyeing up Queenstown

American muso Steve Gunn puts his New Zealand tour down to the stars aligning. The guitarist and songwriter has wanted to perform here for years — but logistics got in the way. Gunn, a former guitarist with Kurt Vile and Violators,...
One-man band Stretch describes his music as somewhere between Highway 61 Revisited and State Highway 2. The Hawke's Bay singer-songwriter brings his foot-stomping folk rock debut solo album Bury All Horses to Queenstown’s The Sherwood this weekend. And as his line...
An Auckland band are hoping to evoke the spirit of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras at their Queenstown gig. Hopetoun Brown and The Genius of Finn Scholes perform an eclectic mix of jazz, blues and a touch of rock and roll with...
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