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Reprise for folk music Tui winner

January 29, 2006

Reprise for folk music Tui winner

South Canterbury’s Lorina Harding is the winner of the Tui for New Zealand’s Best Folk Album of 2004/5 for her CD Clean Break.

Canada-born Harding has been presented with the New Zealand Music Award at the Auckland Folk Festival tonight (Sunday January 29).

It is Harding’s second Tui after winning the same category in 1992 for her debut album Lucky Damn Woman. That year she was also a finalist at the New Zealand Music Awards in the Most Promising Female Vocalist category.

Harding’s winning album dramatically reflects on a new life near Geraldine after she escaped Auckland for a quieter and more reflective existence in the South Island.

The move has not diminished her career however. Harding has played support for some of the big names in the folk genre. They include Lucinda Williams, Jane Siberry from Canada, Suzanne Vega, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Katy Moffat, Guy Clark, Jimmy La Fave, Roy Macleod from the UK and Blue Rodeo from Canada.

The other two finalists for the Best Folk Music Album for 2004/5 were Chris Priestley for Uncovered: A Collection of New Zealand Folk Songs and Sean Kelly & Friends for See The Light.

Each of the three finalists performed a 15 minute set tonight at the festival at the Kumeu Showgrounds. The Best Folk Album award is part of the New Zealand Music Awards and it is the third year it has been presented at the Auckland Folk Festival.

Lorina Harding received her Tui from Adam Holt, President of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand at the Folk Festival’s final concert.

Mr Holt says it is a tribute to Lorina’s dedication to her art that she has achieved a second Tui 14 years after the first.

“Clearly the South Canterbury plains are fertile ground for Lorina Harding, helping her to produce what is without doubt a superb recording of some very powerful songs.

“And it makes for an excellent story for Lorina to have her daughter Hannah (now 15) co-write one tune and sing on the track” Mr Holt says.

“Our congratulations go to Lorina and everyone who contributed to such a fine album as well as to the other finalists. They all demonstrate a fine maturity that stands New Zealand folk music in good stead for the future.”

The Auckland Folk Festival is in its 33rd year and its 16th at the Kumeu Showgrounds. Information about the event is available at

NOTES: The Tui for Best Folk Album is for albums released between 16 November 2004 and 15 November 2005. The Folk category was introduced to the awards in 1984. The winner will again be acknowledged as part of the main awards ceremony in October, 2006.

Previous winners of the Tui for Best Folk Album
- 2005 - Bob McNeill for his album Turn the Diesels
- 2004 - Brendyn Montgomery and Mike Considine for the album Mountain Air


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