Emily Fairlight Announced As Support For Justin Townes Earle's NZ Tour

Reuben Raj

The Tuning Fork and 95bFM are excited to share that Dunedin-based folk singer and poet, Emily Fairlight will play support for Justin Townes Earle's three-date New Zealand tour this August.

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Emily Fairlight

Fairlight currently lives in Dunedin and has been composing and performing for over a decade. She has played throughout NZ and Australia and recorded her sophomore album, Mother of Gloom with Doug Walseth at The Cat's Eye Studio in Austin, Texas on her third trip to the USA. The "doom-folk" record, which was mixed at Ben Edwards' Sitting Room studios near Lyttelton harbour (Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid), was released in May and immediately praised for it's "dream-like" qualities.

Emily Fairlight has a proper folk singer's background: a teenage runaway adventurer in Australia and India, a circus school student who once sang naked at a burlesque night on a whim, a female-friendly pornography-free sex toy shop assistant, a barista and a runner/jack-of-all-trades at a digital visual effects company.

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Emily Fairlight at the 2018 Southern Fork Americana Fest

Her vocal style - a powerful quivering vibrato and a stark, haunting tone, teak-hard yet soft as crushed velvet - elicits comparisons to PJ Harvey, Bridget St John, Emmylou Harris and Cat Power, musicians with distinctive voices and a lyrical ability to conjure a kind of experiential realism, although Mother of Gloom can also hold its own alongside the storytelling of Will Oldham and soundscapes of Calexico.

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Justin Townes Earle
New Zealand Tour 2019
with support from Emily Fairlight

August 23 - Tuning Fork, Auckland

August 24 - Blue Smoke, Christchurch

August 25 - San Fran, Wellington

Tickets at Ticketmaster

Nashville-based Americana heavyweight, Justin Townes Earle, returns to New Zealand this August following the success of his latest offering, The Saint of Lost Causes. Last here in 2017 for the Southern Fork Americana Fest, Justin Townes Earle will visit again for three headline solo shows in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, August 23 - 25.

Written By: Reuben Raj Reuben is a film and digital photographer who is driven by music in his head. Often seen lurking behind a camera inside the pit of a concert or wandering the streets of China with a blond, Reuben harbours intimate feelings for vinyl records and his Hasselblad SW/C from 1965. He is also the founder of Radio 13.