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Small Hall Sessions with Hera
August 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
‘… the entrancing Hera … wove a musical spell that left many wanting more, with plaintive Scandi-tinged tales encompassing themes such as open hearts, secondhand vision, and the joy of purgative expression – all delivered in a voice of angelic purity.’
Rob Harbers, Writing for Ambient Light
Hera was introduced to Hawke’s bay audiences when she opened for Tami Neilson on her Small Hall Sessions tour in January, and made a profound impact on the audience. Covid scuttled plans for her very own Sessions tour in March, and we are beyond delighted to be bringing her back to tour in August.
Hera is an award-winning Icelandic-Kiwi singer/songwriter who has lost count of how many times she has traveled around the world with her guitar. Her self-titled album released in 2020 to critical acclaim and reached #1 on the album charts in Iceland.
She has been named ‘Best Female Artist’ at the Icelandic Music Awards, performed in 2022 at the famous SXSW festival in Texas, and twice at the iconic Glastonbury in the UK. As well as touring the world from Italy to Indonesia, Australia to the Philippines… even to Greenland, where she played among icebergs at a remote beach in Tasiilaq.
Hera has a long musical history, including: a Gold-selling record, high-rotation radio play, and support slots for the likes of Nick Cave, Joe Cocker, Amanda Palmer, and the Dresden Dolls.
This collection of songs is her most intricately crafted and personal release yet. ‘Hera’, the album was in the making for over three years and is recorded across the world, featuring musicians from Iceland, New Zealand, and the United States. The album went #1 on the album charts in Iceland, the single ‘Process’ also went to #1 on the Icelandic Rás 2 Radio charts. The album is produced by Barði Jóhannson (Bang Gang/Lady & Bird)