Debut EP out now!
Upcoming concert: Songs from Norway
When: 15 October, 7pm
Where: Lady Chapel, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
On stage with me: Kate Walmsley (viola/vocals), Tasmin Prichard (bass/guitar), Martyn Galea (keys), Jim Walmsley (guitars/vocals)
Entry by koha.
Seats are limited.
For years I’ve wanted to bring songs that I know mean a lot to many Norwegians – and certainly to me – to Norwegian and other communities here in New Zealand. I’ve got a great band with me and we’re excited to bring you songs from some of Norway’s finest songwriters. The repertoire ranges from intimate versions of contemporary music to delicate hymns, all an important part of Norwegian culture. Performed in the beautiful Lady Chapel, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, this concert will no doubt be emotionally engaging. Suitable for an audience of all cultural backgrounds. It would be great if you could indicate whether you’d like to come, as seats are limited and this would help us with the planning. Email me on email@example.com. A contribution of your choice on entry would be appreciated to help cover costs. Hope to see you there.
‘Hard as it often is for new artists to have their work reviewed, sometimes it cries out for attention – that’s what happens with ‘Watch Over Me’ the debut EP from Hanne Jøstensen’
Tim Carroll, FolkWords (UK) full review
Jeg leste nylig at menneskets sjette sans (rytmesansen) nettopp er «oppdaget». Den syvende må være melodisansen. Folketonemelodisansen.
Magne Fonn Hafskor, Hissig (Norway) full review
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I am a Wellington singer-songwriter, originally from Norway, but have been living in New Zealand since 2004.
I grew up on the remote and tiny island Sula, a fishing village, off the coast of Norway. My grandfather ran the lighthouse, there were no cars, no trees, only a very small community consisting of just over 200 people. The nearest city was four hours away by boat. When I was 10 we moved to the town Arendal.
The roughness of the sea and nature has inspired me deeply and I approach my songwriting with these images and scents in mind. When I finally decided to write lyrics in English, it struck me how influenced I was by Norwegian lyrics, particularly those by Anne Grete Preus. The beautiful pictures she paints with her words have always touched me.
Reviewers are calling my music acoustic pop and singer/songwriter style. I find it hard to put a label to my songs and probably move between different genres. ‘Watch over me’ is my first studio recording. I loved every bit of the process. It is very exciting and rewarding knowing that the songs are now out there living their own life.
– Hitra-Frøya (03 May 2013)
– Hitra-Frøya (22 March 2013)
– The Wellingtonian (25 April 2013)
– Agderposten (18 April 2013)
Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to hear from you