Reb Fountain + Blair Jollands
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Multi-award winning Flying Nun artist Reb Fountain performs with her all-star band at The Water Rats, Nov 15th, 2022.
Reb effortlessly combines pop elements with her trademark noir folk-punk sound featured on her critically acclaimed Flying Nun releases Reb Fountain and IRIS.
Renowned for her spell-binding performances, 'Reb moves across the stage and through the various stages of herself to deliver her songs, devotionals. Prowling like Patti Smith and Cat Power one- minute, Nick Cave living his best life the next with soaring vocals invoking Mazzy Starr, Tori Amos and Kate Bush, but all with a stunning originality,’ Reb Fountain is a live show not to be missed.
Reb and band return from touring Europe with Marlon Williams to join us for an exclusive performance.
In October 2021, Reb Fountain released IRIS, her sophomore album via Flying Nun Records, to critical acclaim. Martin Aston from MOJO magazine called Reb, “New Zealand’s next alt-folk sensation” and Karl Pushmann, VIVA New Zealand Herald, states, “From the moment you press play, IRIS envelops you.”
Winner of the 2021 Taite Music Prize and the Aotearoa Music Award for Best Country Music Album and APRA Best Song in 2018, songwriter Reb Fountain is a consummate recording artist and performer: stunning audiences with her music and artistry alike. A perfect extension of her 2020 self-titled album, IRIS elevates Reb Fountain’s music to new heights. Here, Reb effortlessly combines pop elements with her trademark noir folk-punk sound, weaving authentic and anthemic tunes that create an instant and indelible impression.
“Reb Fountain is one of those artists that you don’t know but need to see.” Scenestr, 2022
Reb was born in San Francisco and immigrated with her family from North America to Lyttelton — the quiet port town out of Christchurch that’s been fundamental to New Zealand’s alt-folk scene, raising artists like Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, and Delaney Davidson.
Throughout 2020, Reb and her all-star band astounded audiences around the country on her sold out album release tour, joined Crowded House on their 13 date, ‘To The Island Tour’, and honoured Nick Cave at the sold out Auckland Town Hall show, ‘The Boy Next Door’.
Reb Fountain and band made their Australian debut at Womadelaide 2022. They have just completed a nationwide tour of New Zealand performing to sold out audiences in Aotearoa’s most iconic theatres to critical acclaim.
“Shaman-like, Fountain moves across the stage and through the various stages of herself to deliver these songs, devotionals. She and band are not just world class performers, they might in fact be world-beaters.” Simon Sweetman, 2022
“I watched Reb Fountain last Saturday, prowling across the stage like Patti Smith and Cat Power one- minute, Nick Cave living his best life the next. Reb was a revelation. I could have watched that show on any stage in the world – and Reb would have deserved to be there.” Stuff, 2022
“At first, I thought I was listening to a cross between Patti Smith and Nick Cave but these comparisons quickly fall away as Reb is a true original.” Hifiway, 2022
“Unleashed and unafraid, Reb Fountain is a revelation” Sunday Star Times
“Reb Fountain possesses a crystalline vocal that’s as stunning as it is assured.” American Songwriter
Jollands is a compelling songwriter and recording artist, whose music communicates a paradoxical mix of melancholia and optimism that is hard to resist.
Having won the admiration of both David Bowie & Boy George (who released Blair’s previous material under the name El Hula on his More Protein label), Jollands is often compared vocally to Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright & Scott Walker.