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 which five tracks will make the cut.

She reckons there is a “new beginnings” theme to most of the songs.

There is also a slight country feel.

“It is a bit more strummy, a bit more laid-back, not loud strumming but a bit like Gillian Welch who is a country singer I really adore.

“I am going into a phase where I am trying to slow my life down a bit. It has been go, go, go for so long and I think this is reflected in the music.”

Each track is named after a New Zealand bay or walk.

“There is one called Boulder Bay [Christchurch]. It is a walk I do at least twice a week up here.

“I think nature for me is my biggest healer in all things and getting outside often is a must-do.”

She wants to record it at home — in her wooden house.

“It has great acoustics. The sound in here is so good so hopefully that will be the plan.”

The pair, who met when performing as Fly My Pretties, are attending the APRA Silver Scroll Awards in Dunedin tonight.

They thought they’d squeeze a quick tour on the back of it.

She says they’ve always wanted to tour together — but logistics always got in the way.

Flip splits her time between New Zealand and France.

She’s currently working on a kiddies’ album which will be released next year.

The pair will perform separately and Grenell confirms she’ll share some of her new material with the audience, along with her back catalogue of course.

She does have a favourite; Three Feathers, which was written about her friend who died of cancer at 23.

Grenell says the song is one many people can relate to.

“She was amazing and I smile when I sing it as I remember her. I can sometimes see people in the crowd wiping tears.”

The album won her a Tui award for best folk album in 2012 and is a collection of work she is fiercely proud of.

Her latest album Autumn was a finalist for the same award last year.

Catch Amiria Grenell and Flip Grater on their Southern Ranges Tour, Saturday, The Sherwood, 9pm. Tickets, pre-sale $20, door sales $25