Icelandic born, New Zealand based singer-songwriter Hera, has toured the globe for many years playing and touring in Italy, Holland, Greenland, England, Scotland, Wales, Denmark, the United states at the SXSW music festival, the famous Glastonbury festival in the UK and of course Iceland and New Zealand to name a few. She has a gold record in Iceland, and was named 'best female artist' at the Icelandic music awards in 2003, and her song 'Makebelieve' was a finalist in the USA songwriting competition.
Her music is noticeably unique and has been influenced strongly by dual emotional investment in both of her cultures. Effortlessly blending foreign sounds and language with our familiar version of folk and acoustic pop, she will take you on a journey of discovery upon which you will hear a refreshing take on what an acoustic singer-songwriter can achieve.
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Jed & Hera
Jed & Hera, a musical duo described as ‘Street Folk’, have been playing music together as an acoustic duo for the past two years. A ‘Jed & Hera’ concert is filled with uplifting yet bittersweet songs; a crafted performance that is charming yet not without its dark moments; and a pleasure on the ears with clever lyricism mixed with beautiful melodies and vocal harmonies. Folk music is clearly a strong influence in the duo's songwriting and sound, from traditional, right through to the modern alternative folk artists. Jed & Hera are embarking on an overseas tour in November, heading to Iceland where they will play at ‘’Iceland Airwaves’’ - one of the most exciting music festivals in the world (that’s actually what it says if you google-it) before touring Hera’s home country and hitting New York and LA on their way home.
Hera (vocals & guitar) is an award-winning musician who calls New Zealand home, but hails from Iceland where she has had a gold record, support slots for Joe Cocker and Nick Cave, and high-rotation radio play. Her music has taken her all around the world, even to festivals such as SXSW in Texas and the immortal Glastonbury festival in the UK. Her music is noticeably unique and has been influenced strongly by dual emotional investment in both of her cultures.
Jed Parsons is a drummer of skins, a strummer of strings, and a singer who sings - a true multi-instrumentalist who is fully submerged in the musical elements. He was a winner of Mike Chunn’s Play it strange songwriting competition in 2010, and has been involved in a multitude of musical projects since, including playing drums in rock band House of Mountain, hip hop/electro band Odyssey and psychedelic rock band Douglas Ross, while gaining a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the prestigious Christchurch Jazz School.
Jed & Hera have released their debut album as a duet - ‘Live at York St’ which, in its first week of release, entered the official NZ album charts at number 13.
“For our first album as a duo, we wanted to stay as true to ourselves and our sound as possible. We felt that by recording completely live, the energy and the meaning behind our songs could be captured. The end result is an album of stripped back arrangements of our songs that hopefully encapsulate the beauty that exists within an imperfect, raw and honest performance - as you would experience it live.”
‘’This pair have produced a timeless, hidden gem’’
James Belfield - The Sunday news