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NOLA and the November madness

November madness includes New Orleans, surprize wedding, birthday celebrations, documentary, beignets, Icelandic interview and more... Too many things to write about... I guess I'll start with some Icelandic ;) this is an interview I did in Iceland in July. (there is a scattering of english words in there too) I played a few songs and we chatted at Hotel Borg in Reykjavik while I was on tour over there...

[youtube]http://youtu.be/x991noVg1_g[/youtube]

I just got home from New Orleans, we went over to celebrate Neil's 50th birthday.. Had such an awesome time and met so many wonderful people! Here are some photos from the trip:

-you can read more about it, and see more photos on Amanda's blog here

Cat Mihos, Bill Stiteler, Freak and the Fabulous Lorraine... these people are all wonderful and I miss them :) Miss new orleans and the awesome week that was filled with hats, chats and goodness :)

You can also read more about it here on Neil's blog

Arrived back home on Tuesday and am catching up with the computery bits and pieces, some exciting things coming up this summer ;)

Thank you so much to everyone who is supporting the new album :) -did you read the last blog? ;)

And for those of you frustrated with the Icelandic interview... here is not a translation, but a documentary! by the super lovely Alina White, who contacted me a few months ago about doing this, it was her project for film school (- the school of fine arts, university of Canterbury.) She's also an awesome artist! Here it is in two parts :) xo

[youtube]http://youtu.be/7vcAavUJbus[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtu.be/CF-MhyN2csA[/youtube]

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Release release release...

Remember, remember the 5th of November...I've been waiting for this day for a long time...

8 years ago I signed a contract for the release of my third album 'not your type' which was also my first officially released album in Iceland. Today, that contract expires :) I won't go into too many details, but what this means for me is that I can now release it myself :) It has been sitting like a caged bird on a shelf for so many years, there were no more copies of the physical album made after it sold out in Iceland, and it has only really been available from one online site. I've never seen any income from sales of this album, online or otherwise..

now if you buy this album :) it goes directly towards the creation of my next album!! I've been asked about this one so many times its wonderful to finally be able to share it. I'm so proud of it, although my voice is young ;) there are some amazing musicians playing with me and incredibly talented people who made this album happen.. It was after the release of this album that I won the Icelandic music award.

The photos are also some of the last that were taken with my naked face ;) Seems so strange to see it now after all these years..

On bandcamp which is where you get it from, you can listen to the whole thing for free! and name your own price/donation for downloading single songs or the whole album - everything goes towards the new album! (anyone who donates $100 or more gets a thank you credit on the next album :) ) (over $150 and I'll send you a thank you letter and package via snail-mail) *sadly no kickstarter options as I'm not US based so we are doing it here on the blog and via bandcamp!

Hope you enjoy it, so glad I can share it The whole-album-download includes special extras ;) photos, video and more..

Also coming very soon - youtube documentary by the wonderful Alina White, and interviews from Iceland... xx

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All shook up...

As you've probably heard there was a massive earthquake in Christchurch this morning at 4.25am.. I just wanted to say we are all ok here, a lot of damage to repair in the city..I posted some photos throughout the day on twitter, here are a few..

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Iceland - Paris - New Zealand

Arrived back in New Zealand on Monday after a wonderful and very crazy six weeks away.. Again I just can't believe it's been two years since I was last in Iceland! So much has changed and at the same time so little.. June-August is a brilliant time to be there, lots happening, 24 hour daylight and a lot of people enjoying their summer holiday. I like extremes.. Love the coldest part of winter too - the two best times to go if you're planning on visiting Iceland ;) During winter you get the snow and the dark days - it's quite beautiful when you have white snow covering the ground and a pitch black sky, the snow glows.. And the northern lights.. I miss the northern lights. (I have a dvd with video footage but it's just not the same..) Feel like I'm getting a bit sentimental..

A couple of days before leaving Iceland I went into the studio and recorded 3 songs with Haffi Tempó, and Gummi P (brilliant guys) More news on that soon but the plans are exciting..

Then went to Paris! my first time there and already planning to go back! Was completely wowed by all of it! Had some amaaaaazing food/wine! saw some beautiful places/people and walked my feet off!

It's good to be home though.. greeted by two very happy cats and a very cold wind! Still winter over here! (this is the bit where I would complain but it's actually quite nice and refreshing, coming from a lovely hot summer..) At least we are through the coldest part of it here -and soon it will be Spriiiiiing!

Here are some photos from the trip :)

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There's no need to ligt a night light on a light night like tonight...

One of my favorite tongue twisters.. and it's so true over here! Daylight 24 hours and summer..

The tour started last week and there are only two shows to go now.. I started at the Ghost museum in Stokkseyri - an awesome venue! there's a lovely article about ithere by Reykjavik Grapevine.. their official website is here.

I spent time between concerts at Hella with family, about an hours drive from Reykjavik and just so peaceful.. this is where I did the forest-jumping ;) Everything is so green here at the moment, and I'm loving all the summer wildflowers as I mentioned in the last blog..

Then Oddakirkja was the next concert.. here's a short video I posted on twitter last week.. it's the bell-tower and the view out the window. (very happy cat on the pavement outside)

0YCNA

0YCNA

And we bumped into some beautiful Icelandic horses near the volcano.. got out of the car and they came right away to say hello.. got this beautiful but slightly sad picture of them and the ashy sky..

And then there was Reykjavik.. which just rocked. Love the venue (Rosenberg) and had a great night.. then had a bit of a night on the town ;) *I really am still finding the daylight a bit odd..

One more month here and then back to NZ.. via paris! xo

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Who said there are no trees in Iceland?

Landed! and my inner timezone is almost in sync with where I am.. Hit the ground running and just getting into the groove of things now..  Here is some proof there are trees in Iceland.. small ones.. but trees :)

and some beautiful Icelandic wild flowers.. Lupins, sóleyjar, blágresi.. but I'm not sure what the purple one is.. (would really love to know..)

keeping this super short but will write lots more soon.. the tour starts this weekend.. xox

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Voyages..

I'm at the airport in Paris killing time before I can check in to the flight to Iceland.. Flight from Christchurch to Singapore = 10.5 hours.. 6 hours between flights there (Love Changi airport.. even had time for a bubble bath!)  then Singapore to Paris = 13.5hours.. 7 hours in Paris at the airport.. then 3.5 hours to Reykjavik.. So it takes about two days to get to Iceland from New Zealand.. or 27.5 hours in the air Je suis fatigué..

And so here I am in Paris.. and I can't find enough excuses to speak the french I know.. I loved learning it at school and have been on my way here for so long.. Really enjoyed ordering coffee, red wine and pan au chocolat.. But I can't really walk up to someone here and just say 'I'm tired' or 'it's quite hot here' or 'I am really sorry' (or some of the other bits and pieces I know in french..)

Anyway.. I'll be back here just for a few short days in August and will do some walking about so I'm sure at least I'll get a chance to talk about the weather.

Iceland in a few hours.. it really is a bit weird. I can't believe it's been two years! but then again it never feels like any time at all once I'm there and I'm sure it will go by far too quickly. This time I'll be twittering along the way, and will do some more video blogging too..

I'll have a few days to rest (I'm lying.. it will be chaos from landing) but then the first concert will be next weekend.. 1st of July at 'Draugasetrið' which is an Icelandic ghost museum! yes.. GHOST museum! Will talk about it more in the next blog.. then on July 2nd at 'Oddakirkja' again *you can see the video from the last time I was there.. here

[youtube]http://youtu.be/nDZoM0fIzmU[/youtube]

And then in Reykjavik at Café Rosenberg on Saturday the 3rd..

The 'Evening Inn' at Pomeroys was wonderful.. we had mulled wine and chocolate and much cosy-ness on a crazy stormy night.. I've been experimenting a bit more on the sewing machine and made my outfit ;) will post photos next time..

Ah summer here I come! xo

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June June June...

It's June.. in case you hadn't noticed.. A little bit scary because time seems to have a will of its own and has sped up on me.. I'm leaving for Iceland in about two weeks! Music month was brilliant! the Al's bar concert was wonderful! it was so nice to re-visit some forgotten songs and be warm and cosy during the rain (it has been raining here in New Zealand for a loooong time now..) Thank you all for making it magical :)

There is ONE more concert here in Christchurch before I head off.. It's at a favorite place that's usually closed on monday nights.. they are opening especially for us... all the info is on the poster below.. I'm quite excited I get to share a favorite thing on the night.. the special treat ;).. Here's the poster:

The end of Music month got a bit hectic so I forgot to do the last poem post :) So here is a final silly poem from my childhood...

The frog Prince, version 2  (1997)A frog jumped along, of the rock in the pond, he got to a well, and there was a blond, She´d dropped her ring, all the way down, he decided to bribe her, then steal her crown. She was a princess, with wealth and power, she had the room , in the castle tower, He wanted her wealth, he wanted her life, maybe a kiss, but not a new wife. He said to the princess, I get you the ring, if you just grant me, one little thing, can I come over, can I have a shower, can I sleep in the room, in the castle tower, for just one night, you won´t be sad, I'm just a wee frog, could I, be bad. She said, well..... okay, you can stay one night, but don't start croaking, you'll give me a fright. so all was set, he didn't have long, he had to be careful, for all could go wrong, so after a shower, they all went to sleep, and as they´d been drinking, they slept real deep, The frog got ready, with a gun in one hand, he slid down the stairs, on the last step, he'd land. He went to the bedrooms, he killed them all,,, with a victory smile on his face, (that was small). He took over the castle, and all the kings men, and changed his name, to Royal Prince Ben. He lived happy for ever, in every way, he's the richest frog that has lived... Hurray!

Here's a photo taken at 'the first ever second Laugh inn' at Pomeroys the other day.. The belt and my guitar strap are made by Ágústa - a wonderful Icelandic designer and friend who's just releasing a new label.. check out her stuff here - The material in my guitar strap is redfish ..yep fish :)  Photo by Shaun Waugh

And I was sent something so wonderful the other day I just have to share it :) these are the year 4-6 students at Hurunui college (where I went and worked with the older kids in April) performing 'Makebelieve girl' at Assembly.. They are awesome :) :)

[youtube]http://youtu.be/KC5aMtAbafE[/youtube]

xo

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Iceland tour dates and white sauce

The Iceland tour dates are up! and here below, the poster can be found in the live section here on the site :) Can't believe it's only a few short weeks away.. it's been about two years since I was last there..

Fimmtudaginn 1 júlí - Draugasetrið, Stokkseyri Föstudaginn 2 júlí - Oddakirkja, Rangárvöllum Laugardaginn 3 Júlí - Café Rosenberg, Reykjavík

Föstudaginn 9 júlí - Hótel Framtíð, Djúpavogi

Fimmtudaginn 15 júlí - Græni Hatturinn, Akureyri and here's the facebook event

Also thought I'd share something with you.. This was made as part of the 48 hour film challenge..

[youtube]http://youtu.be/ZHDLfLRBYPY[/youtube]

One more poem next week at the end of music month ;) till then - have wonderful days.

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Snowflakes and songs

It's autumn. Leaves everywhere! I'm going to skip the coldest part of New Zealand winter and head to Iceland for a few weeks. Believe it or not winter sometimes feels colder here.. it's the damp in-your-bones kinda cold, not the smack-in-the-face Iceland cold.

I'd forgotten about this poem. My uncle reminded me and I found it again.. this was inspired by the snow which we don't see often enough on this side of the world. Written in New Zealand three years after we moved here. I was 14.

The snowflake children.   10/10/1997

A shimmering crystal falls from a cloud, starting her endless journey down. Thinking her thoughts to herself, yet aloud to the world in a song that will never drown.

Now it's her moment, her moment to shine and she'll dance with the wind along her way, then she'll crash to he ground, breaking her spine. Her life over now, she had her say.

A second snowflake falls from a cloud. Coming from heaven his life is a dream. He dances down, it's his time, he is proud, then gently touches the surface of the stream.

Perfection is ruined, in the stream he dies. He is washed away with the unlucky few, and on the ground his family cries at the loss of a snowflake whose life was so new.

A thousand lives fall from a cloud They dance to the bottom, each on their own, and they never pair off in their own little crowd, then some of them go to the edge so unknown.

These precious lives so fine, so pure, their souls are hidden their beauty unseen, their lives so harsh, what they have to endure. I show the truth, I´m the snowflake queen.

I'm told it looks like it's been snowing black in Reykjavík, the ash is everywhere.. Found these amazing photos taken at Seljavalla laug - an outdoor swimming pool covered in ash. Scroll down.. they're really quite awesome pictures.

On may 28th I'll be playing at Al's bar as part of New Zealand music month.. it's a bit different this time, the setlist will by request so if there's something you really want to hear you can request on the night, or here on twitter.. *you can also request covers, I can't promise to do them all but I'll definitely pick a couple to do..

Also - the presale tickets are on bandcamp! and come with a free song.. If you get the song here your ticket/s will be held on the door :)

Once again I feel like I'm flashing you.. so here's another poem. I remember writing this one. It was in Goose bay Kaikoura where I spent a lot of holidays when I was little in a house called Moana (Ocean)

Am I a witch?    16/12/1997 in Kaikoura

If I were to be tied upon a stake, all my belongings thrown into a ditch. People would come from all around the country. And I´d be burned as the rotten village witch.

When I burst into red flames upon that stake. I´ll cast an evil spell, upon your souls. And I´ll speak the words of terror from my little black book, Megið þið brenna milli stafs og stóls.

The flames from underneath will come and twist around your feet, and drag you down with flaming force, you´ll scream. And you´ll wish you hadn´t tied me to that rotten burning stake, and hope to awake, from just a bad dream.

I think you need to think, before you burn me. Is my little black book really a spell upon a spell, or is it just my thaughts, my words, my dreams, and what I do? or am I infact a wicked witch, from the boiling depths of hell?

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And there I will wait..

Happy New Zealand music month everyone! For the past few weeks I've been doing teaching a songwriting workshop at Hurunui college, as part of the New Zealand music commission's mentoring program.. Yesterday was the last day and the groups I worked with performed their new songs in front of a room full of students :) it's always so amazing to see the results and I have such a wonderful time seeing these ideas come to life...

Here's a photo taken yesterday at the final performance

If you're following on twitter you probably know we've been trying to find out what's wrong with my wee kitten Freyja.. she's had some mysterious bumps since a month before christmas and we've done so many tests to try and find out what it is that's causing them... Found out that they're allergies - and finally got all the results back.. She is allergic to over 16 things! 5 trees, grasses, orris root, tomato, lamb, housefly, house dustmites, egg, cotton, tuna and a few more... Scary that such a little living being can have so many big problems.. Lucky she's an inside cat so the grasses/pollens/trees won't be too much of a problem. The next step is to order a vaccine and try to desensitise her to the things that are hardest to eliminate, dustmites and cotton.. Here she is again:

And some more news ** there's a brand-spanking-new website up on Bandcamp! Some completely unreleased stuff is up there! it's such a wonderful site! you can name your price for single song downloads or whole album downloads.. For the first time 'Live at AL's' is available with all the lyrics! (they show up on your ipod/iphone/mp3 player when you play the songs) and lots of extras - including live video footage from the night, and the Feels so good music video, photos, artwork and more!

There's also a live album called 'Live in Reykjavik' that was recorded at the album release concert for 'Hafið þennan dag' and has never been available online :) and an unreleased EP that was recorded just after the release of 'Not so sweet' in 2001..

So go have a look :) --- you can listen to all the songs there for free :) :)

Hope you're all having a wonderful May! And as promised, here's another of my early poems..

And there I will wait    Written May 1997

If you want to find me, go to the moon and look for a pathway of stars. Pass the crystal roses and the water of life and head for a planet called mars. There will be temptations like lying and lust and obstacles causing delay. And then theres the words hiding deep in your mind if I go, will she force me to stay? Cross the fields of silence, but don't make an attemt to pick the black daises of fear. But don´t worry, your journey will soon come to end I can feel it, I know you are near. The diamond dewdrops of sorrow will shine on the grass of dreams in the night. You will walk through the forest of stories and lies very soon, I will be in your sight You will push your way through the burning bush of promises made but not true, And there in the pond of hope I will stand, and I will have been waiting for you.

Hera Hjartardóttir.

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Early early poetry

I've just been doing some tidying in my computer (it's amazing how much invisible disorganized mess there is..) and found a mysterious forgotten folder with some of my early poetry from when I was about 14. I was just starting to write music and was performing my poetry at the Wunderbar in lyttelton on cabaret nights. I couldn't have found a better performance school really..

Anyway, there's some pretty wonderful stuff coming up and the Iceland tour is mostly booked! I'm playing next weekend on Friday 30th at the Grosvenor bar with Dr Sanchez - who also desiged this awesome poster:

We will be doing a few songs together too! so do come if you're in the area ;)

Next month - May is New Zealand music month! and there are so many things on to see, do and listen to! I'll be playing at AL's bar on the 28th! (more info on that soon)

But I thought I may as well share one of my early poems with you.. (maybe even one a week during music month..) This one below is called Purple woman. I remember writing it. I was sitting on the beach in Tumbledown bay.. (and I remember I wrote it with a pencil and the sun was setting..)

Purple Woman    26 / 12 / 1997

I was alone, in a place far away, and I had no reason to run. So I sat down, on the velvet smooth grass, and was bathed in the light of the sun.

I had come there to think, in silence, alone, not to be noticed or seen. And then I was taken by awe, and amase, as the copper sun, turned green.

The clouds went red, and the sky went black, and the grass went brittle and dry. And oh, how I wished, that someone was there, to prove that it was not a lie.

The hills opened up, and a woman stepped out, shining of power and might. Her skin was purple, her eyes were blue, and her hair was snowy white.

I walked upto her, I guess she got scared, c'os she screamed, then she ran for the hill. Then she disappeared, and everything changed, and the world was once again still.

I was confused, had it been true? my mind had come to a spin. I thaught I´d experienced feelings towards the woman wit purple skin.

I went back home, and went to sleep, I never mentioned that day. C'os who would believe, that the sun had turned green, It made no difference, anyway.

Over the years I be came obsessed with the purple beuty I'd seen, I painted her picture and dreamed of her eyes, a godess, a leader, a queen.

I longed to see her, and so I went back to the hills and the velvet smooth grass. I sat down and I waited for her and I let the time slowly pass.

An hour went by and I knew that she knew that I'd come to see her that day, but this time was diffrent, she came towards me and she didn´t run away.

She came up close and took my hand With nails as sharp as knife my mood was mellow, I was in a trance in her arms right then was my life.

Her hair blown back, in the wind so white, so clean, so fresh, I felt her lips upon my skin and her teeth sink into my flesh.

A tingling sensation, not terror, not pain I feel blood running down my skin as she feeds on my body, eating my mind I feel numb for there´s not much within.

My blood on her lips, my blood on her hands, my blood running down her breast, her beastly ways, her gnashing of teeth, I feel this is my final rest.

so all that is left, in a puddle of blood, is my quivering, lonely heart, lying under the sky so black, and the green sun, just like at the start.

And now I´m up here, on the other side, looking down at the hills and the grass, looking at him, he's waiting for her, and I let the time slowly pass.

I wish I could tell him, to go back home, ti hide, to flee, to run. To not be charmed by the purple beast, or the rays of the shining green sun.

Hera Hjartardóttir.

And here's a photo from then-ish. Taken at the cranmer centre in a semi-abandoned stairwell where I used to go and write music and practice (I didn't know there were offices upstairs at the time, and they could hear me - no one ever came through that way..) Aah the baggy pants with reflective strips.. and the spaceish-smurf shoes that I used to love..

Ok now I feel like I've just flashed you all...

Please do come say hi and leave a comment if you like on twitter..

xoHera

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On tour with Amanda Fucking Palmer

Hello! It's been a crazy few weeks! *I want to start by telling you the Brooches and Necklaces are now available to buy online! here at the herasings felt website! -we've had requests for earrings too... so they are coming soon :) It's so wonderful to have these ready and out there now.. And extra special thanks to Mel at Blackswan designs my Collaborator ;)

I've been touring this last week with Amanda Palmer, playing in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.. The photos here below are in no particular order:

Backstage in Christchurch at AL's bar - where Amanda had her first peanut slab!

Backstage after the first concert in Wellington with Neil and Amanda..

During the final show in Auckland at the Kings arms, where we did an onstage exorcism using an old Icelandic spell.. *yes, she is holding the first twilight novel (which we are both guilty of having read) it was passed out into the crowd and we both signed it after the show.. *photo by Andrew Ashley

Amanda in Wellington - photo by Brendon

and me in wellington - photo also by Brendon 

Tomorrow night I'm singing one song with ED Muzik and the burning sensations at AL's bar where they are supporting Minuit.. Looking forward to it :) *you can hear the song here 

Then I'm heading to Greymouth and back on Sunday for a concert..

Also coming up is a show upstairs at the 'Dux De Lux lounge' in christchurch at the chch Folk club on April 11th.. and then there's New Zealand Music Month in May!

You may have seen on the Facebook site that I'm heading to Iceland this summer June/july and will be playing around the country although this time it will be a short stop.. * sign the mailing list here on the left if you want to know more about the Iceland tour etc..

Life is Fucking Awesome and I love being in it! xoxox Hera

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Collaboration Creations..

The 'secret project' is Secret no more.. I have been working on this with the very talented Mel from Blackswan designs.. We have a couple of Collaboration Creations that will be available on the Amanda Palmer tour which starts this Friday in Wellington! The Brooches are laser cut from acrylic and recycled rimu, the necklaces are on a black ball chain which can easily be cut to suit. They will be available on Felt in a few days - here *you can also contact through the felt site to pre-order..

Here are the dates one more time: Amanda Palmer - NZ tour support. Friday 12th March at Bodega, Wellington Tuesday 16th March at Al’s Bar, Christchurch Weds 17th March at The Kings Arms, Auckland

xoxox and see pictures below ;) Hera

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Maybe logical?

Hello! I thought it was time to share a new song.. I recorded this last weekend in sunny Akaroa while at a wedding (snuck into the bushes) I'm not sure the name fits but its working title is Maybe logical..

[youtube]http://youtu.be/ROuWe9d4rg8[/youtube]

The buskers festival was just magical! filled with the best kind of madness and lots of fun! Met some wonderful people and played music outside in the sunshine... Just over a week ago I played in Hagley park as part of 'Lazy sundays' summertimes concert series. It was about 28 degrees (celsius) and a beautiful day! so nice to see so many people out and picnicing!

This weekend I'm off to Golden Bay! playing at the Mussel inn on Saturday the 6th.. and The week after I'm going on tour with Amanda Palmer of the Dresden dolls! Here's the poster:

Also working on something I'm very excited about but can't tell yet ;) keep coming back or come to twitter! I can tell you it's a thing, not a song, and I'm collaborating with a very talented friend ;) this thing will around and about during the tour :)

Also.. come say hi on facebook!  will write more soon xoxHera

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Happy 2010!

What a wonderful summer it's been here so far! I've taken some time off and been camping, diving/snorkelling and relaxing over the holidays, but full swing is about to start again :) - snorkelling.. what a great word! Over the last couple of months I've been doing a lot of teaching, in Greymouth, Oamaru,Timaru and Nelson, and got to work with some wonderfully talented kids! Here are a couple of articles from my visit to Oamaru..

and a photo taken by the sea in Oamaru, by the lovely Donna Demente of the Grainstore gallery where I played - it's the most magical venue!

Coming up in One week! is the world buskers festival! and I'm taking part this year for the very first time.. it's also the first time there is music as part of the event so it will be interesting to see how that all clicks together. I have to admit I'm a little bit nearvous about this too because I've never busked really.. *except the very first time I went to the arts centre with my guitar at 14 years old, and Brian who was organizing concerts there, let me set up and play for 15 minutes busking-style to prove myself :) it was pretty wonderful and I've been playing there every now and then ever since as part of the arts centre.

For as long as I've been in New Zealand, I've been going to the buskers festival, there are always amazing acts from all over the world doing amazing and sometimes dangerous things.. I have so many memories from my childhood seeing performers juggle fire and pots, pans, eggs, swallowing swords, balloons, bending their bodies in mind boggling ways, and at the late night performances -all the jokes I wasn't supposed to get..

So I am very honored and proud to be taking part :) and if you happen to be in Christchurch (or for that matter if you're in the country - it's very worth seeing..) Come and help me prove myself again ;)

This photo from my childhood was photoshopped by HellZiggy on twitter :)

If you're not on twitter, come visit :) it's a lovely place and I post a lot more over there, mind you some unrelated things too.. like this picture of my wee kitten Freyja, she moved in a a couple of months ago and is adorable, her and Brian (my other Sphynx cat - he's in the Feels so good music video) are inseparable now, wonderful for him to have some company too..

her nails are not pink naturally, these are called softpaws and are little claw covers, especially good for Sphynx hairless cats so they don't scratch themselves. (they come off)

Also coming up at the end of February, I will be doing a show in the botanical gardens as part of 'Lazy sundays' summertimes concert series.. This one will be super special as I'm doing half the set with my brilliant guitar teacher and friend Keith Petch. We will be doing a 40 minute jazz set together. Fingers crossed for good weather (*my last summertimes concert was during a thunderstorm...) it's the perfect set-up to bring a picnic to and sit in the sunshine..

Anyway, am now off to rummage through some drawers and dig up some of my forgotten songs for the buskers festival (you can send me requests through twitter if you want to hear a particular song) I'll be doing an hour a day for 10 days, during week days very close to cathedral square by the wheat sculpture, and on weekends I'll be outside the art gallery. the schedule is in the live section here on the website, and also on the Buskers festival website here *click here to see what else is going on during the festival.

One more thing: here is a raw live version of a song I posted on youtube a few months ago and forgot to post here.. I think it's called 'Nothing but time' at the time it was untitled..

[youtube]http://youtu.be/OGWaQ2X_vKs[/youtube]

Bye for now... a late new years resolution: more frequent blogging.. promise ;)

Love xo

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A little more about the video

Hello everyone, the video is finally ready and released..I wanted to say a little bit more here, it's been a long time coming, and we had so much fun making it.. I want to send special thanks to Marc who made all the pictures move, he also built this website and is based accross the sea in Australia.. (warmer weather.. hrmph..) and Andie & Bronnie for all the hours and hours :) Here it is..

[youtube]http://youtu.be/HGROGsqyDlA[/youtube]

Directed by Andie Spargo, Animations by Marc Fairbairn. Editing: Bronnie Howells, Filming: Sabin Holloway, Grading: Natalie Glubb, Book made by Cover to Cover, coat by Juniform. Many thanks to NZ on Air. *All the photos used are actual photos from my childhood... xoxHera

*in case you aren't reading this from the website, here's the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGROGsqyDlA

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Wellington and the end of Winter

Winter is finally coming to an end. I must admit I'm not much of a winter person. I do get a lot of 'but you're from Iceland, you should be used to the cold..' but New Zealand winters are just so different. It's the in between that isn't right.. I looove winter when there is snow and proper dry cold, when you can come home to a warm house and keep winter outside.. but here it's also much colder indoors. What I do like about winter is snuggling up and staying warm, I have a big fluffy warm robe that's extremely popular with the animals, and as I write this, they are squashed up on either side of me, dreaming. I've been looking after Loki the dog for a while now but he's leaving very soon (and I will miss him) and I have my cat Brian /Brjánn.

Speaking of Brian, I must say he's entered into the 'New Zealand's next top cat model competition'. Someone sent me a link to that site and I kind of went 'mmph' until I saw it's a fundraiser for the SPCA and the lonely Miaow, which is a wonderful cause, so he's on the site :) you can see him here.

The Wellington concert was last weekend, and I had a wonderful time there, There was a story in the Capital times, and they put me on the cover poking my tongue out ;) *photo by Brian Harmon. I did the craft show there too, probably my last one, but it was lots of fun and filled with lovely people. They do Craft2.0 quite regularly in Wellington.

I've also taken part in quite a wonderful project as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival, which is on at the moment. It's called Slip. It's a collaborative knit and crochet project for the 'Winter garden' If you want to know more about it, have a look at the Slip blog, with lots of beautiful photos.. There are vines 'growing' around lamp posts in the square, and crocheted flowers 'blooming' on them.. you can even 'pick' a flower and take a little piece of the arts festival home with you.. It's such a lovely way to brighten up the winter :)

As you know, if you've been reading this blog, we've been working on two videos.. The Devil and me' video is officially finished! being graded at the moment and will be up online soon. But I'm in two minds about wether to wait a little. We have planned an intimate video release concert on Sunday the 16th of August (in just over two weeks) and I'll be playing some new material, and we will project the video onto the big screen. So if you're in Christchurch come along and celebrate with us :) it's been a magical process working with some very old friends. The video is directed by Andie Spargo (who has the coolest business card in the world and is brilliant.) and edited by the lovely Bronnie Howells  ...and the animations (don't want to say too much yet....) are done by Marc Fairbairn (who built this website and is awesome) And it's a bit evil or maybe more than a bit.. depends how you look at it ;)

Here's a photo taken at the Wellington concert, by Chris Marshall (thank you) - he is also a real mermaid which makes me endlessly jealous ;)

If you want to see more of my random pictures and updates, go to twitter or twitpic.. And here are some shots taken while filming 'The devil and me'

And finally, some photos of the slip project (you can view them larger on the slip blog)

The photo on the right is a before and after lunch shot, the flowers have been picked.. And a photo of what it says on the billboard in the square.. xox

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Winter in Christchurch

I can't believe it's been two months since I last wrote anything here! It's been a very busy time, although every now and then I've been twittering.. just quick short updates there, and sometimes completely irrelevant as you can see ;) But often pics of what I've been up to too..

New Zealand Music Month just finished, that was May. I've been all over the place teaching for the NZ music commission. Went to Dunedin and Timaru, and am teaching in Akaroa at the moment. Here is an article from the Dunedin Schools Rock day..

We've also been working on two music videos, one for the Devil and me, which is a NZ on Air production, and one for 'Upside down' from the Live album, which we've been having lots of fun with.. They are both in post-production at the moment being edited etc..

Here are some photos from the filming:

I've also been working on something quite different, something I just accidentally fell into.. After I set up the site on Etsy, I met Lucy from Felt (a new zealand site for all things handmade) and registered there. And I somehow ended up a part of Craft 2.0 which will be on this weekend at the Our City O-Tautahi building. Saturday 6th June 11-3pm.  I was part of the Felt 'Sounds Crafty - NZ music month showcase' Click to read the interview..

So yes.. I will be at Craft 2.0 this saturday.. it's a free open event.. so come and see some wonderful things..!

xox

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April Fool

Good morning everyone and thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes :) I had a wonderful day which started off with a drastic change.

This pic went up on twitter early in the day..

It was great to shock/surprise friends and family, and was time for a change I think :-)

It's been a lovely march and now it feels like winter is here.. I went to Auckland and ended up playing a show last minute, opening for Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls at the Studio.. This happened through Neil who is wonderful :-) Here's a pic:

I've been getting more and more lost on Twitter, so if you think I'm not writing enough here, come see me there, it's a very different blog/thing..

The next concert coming up will be at the Loons in Lyttelton -christchurch, on the 24th of April.. See the poster here on the site or go to the Facebook event page.. The Loons is a brilliant venue, this will be my first time playing there and we're planning on previewing something special on the night so come and be a part of it..Call the Loons Or Click here for booking online It's been a crazy few weeks so there are no Tshirts up on the Etsy site yet, but this week will be listing some new stuff and the Tshirts are coming.. promise :)

Hope you all had a wonderful April Fool's day! send me your pranks ;-) xox!

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