The call of the wild

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”FOLK music troubadours” Albi & The Wolves have hit the road.

The band is on an extensive tour throughout the country, including Te Anau and Invercargill this week.

Featuring Chris Dent (guitar and vocals), Pascal Roggen (fiddle and backing vocals) and Michael Young (bass and backing vocals), the trio has been making an impact on the New Zealand music scene in a relatively short amount of time.

Formed about four years ago, the group won Best Folk Album for their debut album Eyes Wide Open at the 2017 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Dent said they felt very humbled by the win.

“When we found out we were nominated we were stoked with that.

“You do a lot of work, so to be publicly acknowledged is really nice.”

The band had recently been working on some new recordings, and Dent said they looked forward to dropping their new single It Ain’t Easy on Friday, October 5.

He said being in the band and touring was a lot of fun.

“We know each other very well, but there’s still personal growth moments which is wicked, and doing what you love with people that you like a lot and playing music that you’ve made, man, that’s such a wonderfully surreal experience. There’s really nothing like it. It’s incredible.”

Dent describes the band’s style as progressive or alternative folk.

“The reason we do that is because we just do things a little bit unconventionally, but we do base everything around an acoustic guitar, an electric violin and an electric double bass.”

It was very much soul-filled folk music, he said.

“Folk tradition is so much about telling stories and passing on tales from one part of the country to the next… As that’s evolved it’s about getting audiences involved in making these moments…”

He said they loved getting people singing along and involved in the show.

“Even if it’s just a bit of banter between us and the crowd – breaking the fourth wall a little bit.”

He encouraged people to come along.

“We’d love to meet you guys, that’s the perk of the job is meeting locals and getting to know people from around the country and finding out a bit about them.

“We’ve got quite a lovely stage show and I don’t think you’ll see anything kind of quite like it. I think you’re going to have a really wonderful time and we’d love to see you there.”

Albi & The Wolves, Redcliff Cafe, Te Anau, Friday, October 5, 8pm.

Tuatara Cafe, Invercargill, presented by MASSAV Productions, Saturday, October 6, 8pm.

For more information, go to www.albiandthewolves.com, or find MASSAV Productions on Facebook.

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