Two of New Zealand's most remarkable and recognisable talents join Hawke's Bay's smoking summer line-up.
Gin Wigmore has announced her return to Black Barn Amphitheatre on Sunday, November 29, as part of a national tour showcasing the critically acclaimed album Blood to Bone.
Fat Freddy's Drop follow up with a gig on Saturday, January 23, supporting their latest EP BAYS, set for release on October 23.
Fresh from sell-out tours of the US, UK and Australia, Wigmore's local performance tops off a phenomenal year.
Her third CD featuring singles New Rush and Written in the Water reached No1 in the Kiwi charts and reveals the singer's incredible evolution.
It offers up many firsts -- she gets behind the piano, sings falsetto, manages all backing vocals and steps into the role of co-producer, resulting in what is arguably her most powerful release to date.
Now based in LA, Wigmore has come a long way since winning the International Songwriting Competition at the age of 18.
The hugely successful 2009 debut Holy Smoke went four-times platinum while blues-inspired follow-up Gravel & Wine (2011) made two-times platinum.
She has five New Zealand Music Awards under her belt and many more nominations. Tickets to the all-ages concert at Black Barn amphitheatre are $67.50 plus booking fee through blackbarn.com.
Fat Freddy's Drop recently rolled out a full run of New Zealand summer tour dates including Havelock North.
Following the worldwide success of Blackbird (2013), the seven-piece is back with a nine-track LP recorded at the band's BAYS Studio in Wellington -- a former 1950s HMV vinyl pressing plant.
The offering draws on a wide range of genres which have come to epitomise their sound. Opening with the slow-burn funk of Wairunga Blues, it journeys through a hybrid of reggae, jazz and techno rhythms, underpinning Freddy's signature horns and frontman Joe Dukie's soulful vocals, and arrives on crooked blues jam Novak.
The album exudes the confidence of a band truly comfortable in its skin.
"It's been a more creative process writing this album in the studio rather than recording songs which have been well road-tested," Dukie said.
Internationally, the band's reputation continues to soar -- Blackbird sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide -- with the UK, US and Germany proving their strongest markets.
Recent live highlights include sold-out gigs at London's Alexandra Palace and Sydney Opera House.
A BAYS album tour launch has already sold out Auckland Town Hall next month before Fat Freddy's head to Europe, returning just in time for summer.
Tickets to the Black Barn show are on sale now from Ticketmaster, $75 plus booking fee, with the global release of BAYS next month in heavyweight vinyl, CD and download.
* One child under 12 gets in if accompanied by a paying adult for both concerts. For more information see: blackbarn.com