Composed of singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist Pete Shaw, the nomadic duo create folk-infused music that test the limits of their traditional instruments. Their songs tell stories of their adventures, blending trad folk with a warm yet quirky jazz-indie influence.
Bonnie and Pete found themselves ‘happily stranded’ in New Zealand during Covid-19 and have performed alongside a line up of New Zealand’s top acts including Nadia Reid, Ria Hall and Lost Tribe Aotearoa. They were winners for the 2020 Purbeck Folk Rising Competition and their nomadic summer saw performances across New Zealand’s largest festivals: TSB Festival of Lights, Resolution, Cuba Dupa, Luminate and more.
As the lucky english musos who got to continue playing, they filled their ‘happily stranded’ time with adventure, music and folk collaborations - such as with the blissfully unique Jenny Mitchell.
To make their farewell tour extra special, nomadic duo Good Habits (UK) are joined by singer-songwriter Jenny Mitchell (NZ) to share their musical stories in a series of intimate concerts. With a shared love for storytelling, and musical travels, Good Habits and Jenny bring you their collaboration: songs of crossed paths, treasured stories and human connection.
The duo return to the UK in October, and so are setting off on their biggest tour yet, to sing their dearest thank you’s and fondest goodbyes (for now).
Jenny Mitchell is an alt-country/folk storyteller with songs wrapped in wisdom and wit. Her 2018 record Wildfires, produced by Sydney’s Matt Fell, was awarded the 2019 Tui for Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist. Following her first Tui, the album became the first NZ album to receive a nomination for Alt-Country Album of the Year at the 2020 Australian Golden Guitar Awards. Described by Jesse Mulligan (RNZ) as an unapologetically country artist going from strength to strength, Jenny has graced dozens of festival stages including Australia’s Maldon Folk Festival, Nannup Festival and, of course, the Tamworth Country Music Festival. At home in NZ she’s been on the Canterbury and Wellington Folk Festival bill and was a guest on the 2019 Southern Fork Americana Fest lineup.
7:30pm Saturday 4th September
Doors open 7:00pm
All Tickets $20
Door Sales $25Book Tickets
"Wonderfully Quirky, and Exceptionally Talented." (Unheard NZ)
"The duo are musical tricksters.. There's a rare emotional warmth and fullness to Good Habits' sound." (Songlines)
"Revved up folkies who stitch many elements into their sound and move along with great spirit and energy." (13th Floor)
“Jenny Mitchell has something to say, and the bonus is this: she knows how to tell a good story,” (No Depression, USA)
Jenny Mitchell is comfortable with a country twang or softly spoken ballad and is rapidly capturing fans across the globe. With recent appearances with Tami Neilson, Julia Deans and Australia’s Felicity Urquhart, it’s clear this is just the beginning for a young artist who, “knows exactly who she is and feels no need to give way,” (The Southland Times).