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Playing at the Bowl a new experience for Brooke Fraser

DAVID BURROUGHS

Last updated 09:57, November 21 2016

Brooke Fraser is visiting New Plymouth and 11 other venues as part of the 2017 Winery Tour.

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Brooke Fraser is visiting New Plymouth and 11 other venues as part of the 2017 Winery Tour.

It's been 14 years since Brooke Fraser first burst onto the New Zealand music scene. She talks to David Burroughs about returning to the country where it all started.

Playing at the Bowl of Brooklands will be the first time Brooke Fraser has played on a stage with a moat.

Speaking from her home in Los Angeles, the singer asked if there really was a body of water between the stage and the audience.

Fraser will be joined by Bic Runga and Benny Tipene for the tour.

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Fraser will be joined by Bic Runga and Benny Tipene for the tour.

"Does it have a moat around it, am I seeing that correctly? That's cool, that's very cool," she said.

It's been a few years since the 32-year-old singer of hit tunes such as Something In The Water, Deciphering Me and the latest tune Therapy visited the Naki with the Winery Tour, but Fraser will be back in town in January next year along with Bic Runga and Benny Tipene.

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The trio will be playing in 12 shows around New Zealand and Fraser said she was looking forward to coming home after performing extensive tours overseas.

"Musicians get really, really happy on the winery tour because usually we're crammed up in dingy, grotty venues and the winery tour is the opposite of that, we're in some of the most beautiful venues in the country, outside under the stars with a bunch of Kiwis, there to enjoy some great music together," she said.

Runga was awarded a legacy award at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, as well as being formally inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Fraser said she was looking forward to touring alongside the talented 40-year-old.

"I've never toured with Bic Runga before...she's an incredible gift to our nation.

"And Benny is somewhat of a newcomer, I haven't even met him before so that will be a new experience meeting him and hearing his music, that'll be great."

On November 25 Fraser will release her A Sides album which will feature 14 songs from her 14 year musical career and said she was excited to be able to bring her music back to where it all started.

"New Zealand was a place where most of those singles took root and really flew so I'm looking forward to coming back home and playing and taking the opportunity to play songs to people who have supported me right from the very beginning as a plucky 18-year-old with a guitar and bad hair," she said.

The release of the album meant Fraser would be playing a lot of her older music along with her new tunes.

Although the lake at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands separates the artists and audience, Fraser hoped everyone would come along ready to get involved.

"When you get to hear songs that you've crafted at home in the privacy of your heart, when you hear them sung en masse through other people's mouths it's such an extraordinary privilege and something that I don't take for granted or get sick of, it's always so wondrous for me," she said.

"That's something I'm looking forward to for sure."

JANUARY: Friday 27, Tauranga, Wharepai Domain. Saturday 28, New Plymouth, TSB Bowl of Brooklands. FEBRUARY: Friday 3, Hamilton, Mystery Creek. Saturday 4, Matakana, Ascension Wine Estate. Sunday 5, Whangarei, Toll Stadium. Friday 10, Havelock North, Black Barn Vineyards. Saturday 11, Wellington, Basin Reserve. Sunday 12, Palmerston North, Central Energy Trust Arena, Fields. Tuesday 14, Blenheim, Vernon Station. Friday 17, Upper Moutere, Neudorf Vineyards. Saturday 18, Waipara, Waipara Hills. Sunday 19, Auckland, Villa Maria Winery. 

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