The award-winning songwriter, Reb Fountain, is a consummate recording artist and performer; spell-bounding audiences with her music and artistry alike. Throughout 2020, Reb and her all-star band astounded audiences around the country on her sold out album release tour. Today, we release two videos from a very special show at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland.
The songs were performed live by Reb Fountain, Dave Khan, Karin Canzek and Earl Robertson, engineered by Tom Lynch and mixed by Simon Gooding.
The incredible footage was filmed by Hugh Sundae at Sundae Pictures, and made with support from Steve, Fenella & Tom at Sublime Studios, and the team at Cassels Brewing Company.
Reb has said on the performances: "My first gig with my band was at The Others Way Festival 2019 at Mercury Theatre. It was a pretty surreal show - we were playing songs from my then unreleased record in this magnificent theatre to festival goers; many of whom had no idea who we were. A year later, after releasing my album amidst a global pandemic we didn’t know if any gigs would go ahead or if folks would attend. October 2020 we set out on our album release tour which culminated in 3 sold out shows at the same Mercury Theatre where we began a year earlier. It was truly a humbling experience to come full circle and share the record - live - with our community at such an unprecedented time. "
The first live video is a performance of Reb's most recent single 'Heart'.
The second - and standing ovation worthy - live video is for 'Don't You Know Who I Am', the Silver Scroll shortlisted tune from 2020's self-titled album, Reb Fountain. This song also featured in 7" form, with the vinyl only version of 'Hey Mom' as a B-side.
In May 2020, Reb Fountain released her self-titled album via Flying Nun Records to much critical acclaim. Reb Fountain won the 2021 Taite Music Prize, was shortlisted for the Silver Scroll award for her song ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’, and the album Reb Fountain was nominated for five New Zealand Music Awards; Album of the Year, Best Alternative, Best Solo Artist, Best Album Artwork and Best Engineer.
Reb was born in San Francisco and immigrated with her family from North America to Lyttelton — the quiet port town out of Christchurch that’s been fundamental to New Zealand’s alt-folk scene, raising artists like Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, and Delaney Davidson.