Paddy McHugh announced as national support for Tami Neilson


Heading to Australia with her critically acclaimed new album Don’t Be Afraid, Canadian born Auckland-based soul star Tami Neilson has just been announced to perform at Darwin Festival, adding to to her previously announced 2017 Australian tour which takes in club shows at The Flamin' Galah in Brisbane, Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne and The Basement in Sydney.

Neilson will enlist Australian musician Paddy McHugh as tour support in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Imbued from a young age with country music, before turning to punk, McHugh's second record City Bound Trains (out in September 2017) has come full circle. The album exhibits a strong country blueprint, bolstered by the man’s blooming song writing skill as he tells tales of life most real, old punk band mates enlisted to flesh out the sound of an album that truly defines where this modern-day troubadour exists.

Neilson’s star is soaring high, with electrifying recent performances at Womad NZ, Auckland City Limits, Nashville Americana Fest, and NZ Music Awards, as well as touring her birthplace in support of blues star Colin James. She is certainly no stranger to putting on a show, having kicked off her career as a child touring Canada in The Neilson Family and opening for an array of country music royalty including the one-and-only Johnny Cash.

Neilson moved to New Zealand for love 7 years ago, where she hooked up with a nice crew of musicians including Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson. Her mix of rollicking alt-country, blues and soul, offset by heartbreaking balladry, is guaranteed to delight music lovers across the country, and there’s no doubt that seeing Neilson live will be a treat.

Recorded while her singer-songwriter father Ron Nielson was dying, Don’t Be Afraid is a raw and reflective release for Neilson. The album includes the last song he wrote, the last song he heard and Tami's beautiful song about him.

The album samples re-imagined songs from the singers that held Tami together during this time, including Mavis and Pops Staples and the Black Sorrows. Full of powerful tracks, the album features collaborations with the likes of the Davidson Brothers and Marlon Williams (‘Lonely’) and is packed with attitude and that old-soul feeling. ‘Holy Moses,’the first single from the album, is backed up with an eye-catching clip that shows Tami in full swing.

New Zealand media were all in agreement on the strength of Don’t Be Afraid, with the album receiving rave reviews from all corners - 4.5 & 5 Star reviews from the NZ Herald, NZ Listener, Sunday Star Times, Rip It Up, Dominion Post and Radio New Zealand just to mention a few.

“It’s not often that you’ll come across an album that grabs you by the arm, reaches down your throat and wrenches your heart like this one...” (Lydia Jenkin, NZ Herald)

“Don't Be Afraid is a powerful tribute to a father from his daughter. The emotions explored so eloquently here resonate deeply.” (Exclaim!)

“…an explosion of a record, and a beautiful tribute from one of the best vocalists you’ll hear all year.” (Holly Gordon, CBC Music)

“Neilson blends the ambiance of Old West saloons with the pastel palette of a 1950s beach musical, and her soulful bellow breathes modern life into a vintage collection.” (Grady Smith, The Guardian, USA)

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