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Gratitude takes centre stage for Jacquie Walters' upcoming album debut

13 October 2021 - 0 Comments

Gratitude, grief, and wry reflections on dating experiences are the themes of a new confessional-style folk music album set to be released by Nelson singer-songwriter Jacquie Walters at two upcoming concerts in Nelson and Onekaka.

“There’s nothing like heartbreak and angst to motivate a songwriter to put pen to paper,” says Jacquie. “While I put a few personal demons to rest with these songs, the album also canvases other topics such as my gratitude for living in Whakatū/Nelson and our family’s grief at the passing of a loved one during level 4 lockdown last year in the title track The Forest.

“It’s an album about healing in many ways and I hope it provides some solace for others.

“A few good laughs should also come from some of the other songs, such as New World, the one which deals with running into an ex at the supermarket. It’s possibly the only song ever that will include the words “I focus on my list of perishables”.”

Jacquie’s new album The Forest will be available online via Bandcamp from 1 November. It consists of 12 original songs and features bass and guitar by James Wilkinson and harp by Maria Oxnam, both of whom played on Jacquie’s first album (released on cassette!) in 1993.

“Maria plays harp on a song called Whakatū which I wrote in response to the “We’ve Got This” campaign last year. It’s come to take on additional meaning during some work I did with Nīkau Hauora Hub this year and I have gifted them the use of the song for their website. It’s a song about the healing power of a place of respite such as the Hub and of Whakatū itself.”

Jacquie will perform some of her new material at The Boathouse in Nelson on Friday 29 October from 8pm and at the Mussel Inn in Onekaka on Saturday 30 October from 8pm. She will be supported at both gigs by engaging and witty fellow singer-songwriter Fraser Ross.

“Fraser is a total delight on stage, his songs are fantastic, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him perform when he toured earlier in the year with Amiria Grenell,” says Jacquie.

Tickets for the gig at the Boathouse are $15 per person and are available via www.undertheradar.co.nz. For the Mussel Inn, ticketing information is available from the venue.

“These will be concerts for small audiences and I hope that people enjoy the opportunity to come out and listen to some new music in a way that feels safe for them, especially now that the Arts Festival has had to cancel most of its programme.”

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