Northland musician Erin Cole-Baker will perform at the Leigh Sawmill Café on May 20, her first show after a break to raise her children.
The singer-songwriter was born on the West Coast of the United States, but moved to Whangarei with her family when she was six.
Her New Zealand and United States tour, which kicks off on Friday, goes hand-in-hand with the release of her fifth studio album, ‘Till the Feelings Right’.
“I’ve been wanting to play at the Sawmill for a while now, so it’s great to finally have it on my schedule,” Erin says.
She first picked up music playing the piano and performed in some jazz festivals in Northland.
“My Grandad was a classical violinist, my Dad played banjo and guitar, and my brother the mandolin, so I’ve come from a musical background.”
Erin writes her own music, which is influenced by genres such as bluegrass and folk.
“I usually sit down and just start with finding a riff I like the sound of on my guitar before putting lyrics to it to make a song.
“I’m quite an introverted performer so I like a more relaxed listening audience that can connect with my music.”
The audience on Sunday can expect the full experience though, with a complete band of a drummer, bass guitarist, electric guitarist, piano and harmonising vocals on stage.
Erin will also have her new Fender electric guitar that featured for the first time on her new album.
“My music has certainly changed over time since having children and changing my guitar, but its essence is still the same. I’m enjoying being involved with my biggest passion again.”
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