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Stretch releases Our Dreams are Changing

Clare Martin

Singer/songwriter Stretch is releasing his sophomore album Our Dreams are Changing on 1 October, following the critically acclaimed debut album Bury All Horses.  Framing his dark-hearted ballads and roof-raising choruses is Paula Sugden's 300-year old cello.

Praise for Bury All Horses:
 "Fine poetic balladry with classic song-writing" Graham Reid

The album was made in July 2020, within a two-week period between lockdowns in The Lab Studios, Auckland, with producer Wayne Bell at the helm, teasing out bare and intimate performances from Stretch and his accompanying musicians. All recording was done in one intense week, with vocals for the album completed in two highly productive days.

The intimacy of the recording is immediate and lingers long after first playthrough. This album is a search for how to be in the world while being true to yourself, but the power of Stretch’s emotive songwriting is forever a connecting factor, revealing the intricacies of our shared humanity. 

Our Dreams are Changing is due for release on October 1st via all good digital outlets. CDs will be available from selected record stores and live shows.

Our Dreams Are Changing Tour

Tuesday 13th October / Hastings / Opera House - Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival

Friday 6th November / Tauranga / Jam Factory with Arahi support

Sunday 8th November / Auckland / Tuning Fork with Dan Sperber support

Friday 13th November / Palmerston North / Globe Theatre with Arahi support

Sunday 15th November / Wellington / Bats Theatre with Grawlixes support


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Written By: Clare Martin Clare has performed as an opera, recital and oratorio artist in UK most notably the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London. In NZ she has performed with NZ Opera and with the NZ Symphony Orchestra but more recently she has moved into a wider range of contemporary genres including jazz and even Leonard Cohen. Since 2008 Clare has been teaching from her own music studio working with professional and beginner singers. In 2017 she was a mentor on TVNZ’s The Naked Choir working with a cappella choirs and she currently coaches barbershop and a woman’s ensemble.