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  • Thu 17 Sep ’15, 6:00pm


The Old Stone Butter Factory, 8 Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei


All Ages

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Sibling songsters Dan and Hannah Acfield are touring NZ with their unique sound and stage presence.

Bound by two distinct voices that have obviously spent many a childhood car trip harmonizing with each other, Dan and Hannah have been aptly described as “the ying to each other’s yang” (Scene Magazine, 2012).

Despite living in separate cities (Brisbane and Melbourne, respectively), the pair have left their previous solo careers behind and created a colourful blend of folk-pop and alt-country as ‘The Acfields’. Bolstered by beautiful sibling harmonies, The Acfields' collaboration has in turn been rewarded with groundswell and national acclaim.

With music in their blood, it was hardly surprising that not one, but two Acfields would choose to pursue a living making music. Their grandfather Ron Acfield had certainly paved the way for them as a prominent bass player who performed with acts like Cat Stevens, Louis Armstrong and other numerous Australian and international acts. So, shortly after leaving school, Dan and Hannah were drawn on a musical pilgrimage from their hometown of Rockhampton to Brisbane, where for several years they both pursued musical educations and separate musical projects.

By the time any thoughts of collaboration were entertained, Dan and Hannah were not only worthy of a fine montage, they had also become accomplished songwriters and performers in their own right. Between them, Dan and Hannah had already released five solo EPs and toured both nationally and internationally. Hannah was described by Gotye to have “an expressive voice that engages you instantly”, and was nominated as a MusicOz finalist three years in a row, while Dan’s song ‘Red, Yellow and Blue’ was deemed by Triple J’s Alex Dyson to be “one excellent tune”, and earned him the spot of ‘Indie Act of the week’ on Rage.

In 2012, Dan and Hannah finally decided to pool their musical talents and released their debut double A-side ‘After You/Sorry I’ve Taken So Long’. For what was initially considered a trial side project, the songs were received better than expected and so, realizing that they were onto something special, the pair released a subsequent EP ‘Turning a Page’ in November. Since then, The Acfields have attained widespread music media acclaim, as well as support from national and community radio, including a spot in the 4ZzZ hottest 100. They have embarked on multiple national tours and supported acts such as Joan Armatrading, Josh Pyke, The Trouble With Templeton, Lakyn Heperi and Vika & Linda Bull.

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, The Acfields recently released their first full-length album, touring extensively around the country, sharing their endearing on-stage sibling banter, vocal harmonies and story telling through song. Keep an ear to the ground because 2015 is going to be a big year for this duo.

“Sometimes two heads are better than one. So it proves for siblings Dan and Hannah Acfield” - Noel Mengel, The Courier Mail

“Naturally charismatic performers” - Jeremy Millar, Beat Magazine

“There’s no denying the power of their sibling harmony and they have a striking ear for song crafting and instrumental arrangement” - Rhythm Magazine

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