Australian musicians Mickey & Michelle take off on an epic album launch adventure today as they trek the length of New Zealand performing concerts along the way.
The six-month tour will take them through our major cities, rural vistas and scenic mountains as they complete 3000km of New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail.
Harpist Michelle Doyle and violinist/vocalist Michael O’Donnell will have their instruments couriered to each gig so they can also play a series of shows.
“We’re really excited to be performing in the smaller, more rural locations,” Mikey says. “Performing along the trail takes you out of the major cities and instead we’ll be playing in folk festivals, house concerts, community halls and even on a boat.”
The trek launches their debut album A Walking Pace, of which 20 per cent of the tour’s merchandise sales will go towards osteoporosis research, a subject close to their hearts as Michelle was diagnosed with osteoporosis (OP) at 24.
She found the scarcity of information and support for younger people living with the condition to be difficult, so hopes to raise awareness and funds to support Dr. Peter Ebeling’s research at Monash University.
Paul Davies of Arts Music has agreed to sponsor the couriering of their instruments from venue-to-venue as the duo explore new possibilities for touring their music in the future.
Michelle was born into a musical family and has been performing the harp professionally from age 11. Since then, she studied classical performance and has gone on to perform with the likes of Paul Kelly, Shane Howard, and KD Lang. Her compositions on the album reflect the deeply rooted energy of her Celtic upbringing, alongside the nuanced phrasing from her classical studies.
Mickey’s passion for jazz is evident throughout his improvisations and original compositions. He also reinterprets traditional Americana tunes with jazz harmony and Afro-Cuban polyrhythms.
A full performance itinerary and tickets can be found at www.mickeymichelle.com