Americana from across the ditch


Australian Americana/folk artist Josh Rennie-Hynes has already penned a song and performed in a barn on this New Zealand tour.

The rising Brisbane singer songwriter arrived earlier this month and plays Queenstown’s Pog Mahones on Sunday.

It follows gigs across both islands, including Auckland, Wellington, and an impromptu gig for 100 people in a Carterton barn – complete with hay bales and farm dogs.

“It was a great little gig – something different,” Rennie-Hynes, 28, says.

The popular performer, with his rich, warm voice and wistful guitar playing, toured here late last year with acclaimed debut album February, produced by ARIA award-winning Australian Shane Nicholson.

That inspired him to write Land of Clouds, and he’s writing as he travels this time around.

“Touring’s really good for inspiration. I’ve written one song already on this tour which I feel is pretty good and have a few days off to write next week.

Land of Clouds came while driving somewhere on the highway between Auckland and Napier, a beautiful drive.

“I’d played the last show of the tour the night before and I was reflecting on not just the show but the entire experience.

“Suddenly, this song and melody popped into my head. I pulled the car over by the side of a river and typed the lyrics out into my phone in 10 minutes.”

Influenced by the likes of Springsteen, Ryan Adams, and the folk and country his parents raised him on, Rennie-Hynes will tour the US later this year.

Rennie-Hynes plays Pog Mahones, Sunday, 9pm.