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South for Winter
When: Sunday 18th February 2024
Time: 7.30 pm
How much: $20 public | $10 members

South for Winter

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With a blend of dreamy acoustic duets, foot-stomping Folk and bluesy murder ballads, South for Winter’s sound is as eclectic as the band's origins. The trio is composed of New Zealander Nick Stone, Colorado native Dani Cichon, and Michigander Alex Stradal, and together the three multi-instrumentalists combine elements such as cello, guitar, mandolin, suitcase stomp, and three-part harmonies into a genre-bending sound described by American Songwriter as "laden with delicate harmonies, intricate guitar-work, and earthy vocals... impeccable ". Between tours throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Europe, South for Winter has been nominated as a Semi-Finalist in the 2023 International Songwriting Competition, Finalist for “Best Group/Duo” in the 2023 International Acoustic Music Awards, Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International in 2022, Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliances Southwest and Midwest Regional in 2021, Top DJ Pick by John Platt of NYC’s WFUV in 2021, and Most Wanted Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Festival in 2019.


Joining South for Winter on stage is Arun O'Connor. Born and raised in the deep south of New Zealand, Arun has made significant contributions to the local music scene over the past 17 years. With extensive experience as a session musician and musical director, O'Connor has collaborated with renowned international artists including Jody Direen, Kayla Mahon, Susanne Prentice, Tom Sharplin, and The Heartleys. Additionally, he has been showcased as frontman for local cover and tribute bands.

In 2018, O'Connor won the prestigious NZ Gold Guitar Awards Senior Overall Award, resulting in the opportunity to record his debut single, "Following The Line," in Nashville with producer Jay Tooke. The song quickly gained popularity, reaching #2 on the NZ iTunes Country Charts and #11 on the Official NZ Music NZ Hot Singles Charts. O'Connor's subsequent single, "Let Go Of My Heart," soared to the top spot on the NZ iTunes Country Charts.

Despite the challenges of global pandemic, O'Connor remained resilient and began writing songs for his debut album, "Songs From The Reading Room" released early in 2022.
July saw O'Connor embarking on his first tour with fellow NZ Gold Guitar Winner, Jaydin Shingleton, journeying through the South Island. Thanks to support from NZ On Air, Arun will release his new single, "Repeat Heartache" in late 2023. 



Links for South for the Winter

Website: https://www.southforwintermusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southforwintermusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/southforwintermusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/southforwintermusic



Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1CCtgClqhDqOl41ZP4dDM8?si=_zTQTARBSRSu-EA8aztytw

NZ tour press from South for Winter's 2022 and 2023 tours:

- Marty Duda of 13th Floor NZ (Review of Ministry of Folk in Auckland)

- Kev Rowland of Music.Net.NZ (Review of Nivara Lounge in Hamilton, opening for Albi & the Wolves and Looking for Alaska)

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