Helen McCreary | Kaikoura

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by Helen McCreary

The debut EP from an adventuring minstrel, "Kaikoura" is about small towns, love letters, and nights on the beach in New Zealand.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kaikoura
3:26 $0.99
2. The Lovely Days
3:13 $0.99
3. This Bed
2:47 $0.99
4. As the Bark to a Tree
3:15 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
'Kaikoura' is named after a town on the coast of New Zealand's South Island. It is one of my favorite places in the world, and it is the setting for many of my happiest memories. Music has a way of transporting you to another time and place, and whenever I play Kaikoura, I feel like I am once again on the pebble beach, looking out across the water at the mountains in the distance. I hope you all can join me there :)

The second half of the lyrics for As the Bark to a Tree are from a letter by American Civil War soldier Amos Humiston, writing to his wife in 1863, just months before he died in the battle of Gettysburg.

℗© Helen McCreary
® BMI 2015
Music and lyrics by Helen McCreary
Engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Alessio Romano at Studio 42, Brooklyn, NY (http://www.studio42brooklyn.com/)
Graphic design by Julia Cortopassi (http://www.juliacortopassi.com/)
Cover photo: Kaikoura, NZ, taken by Fraser Worthington
Special thanks to John Dierckx Music, Christchurch, NZ (https://johnmusicnz.wordpress.com/)

About the artist:

Helen is a wandering minstrel archaeologist. No really, she is. Born and raised in upstate New York, Helen has been a backpacking instructor in Wyoming, an archaeologist in awesome places like Mali, Turkey, and Mongolia, and now she’s a singer-songwriter based in NYC. She enjoys long walks through the wilderness while looking for artifacts, making music with lovely people, and talking about herself in the third person.

Helen started playing cello when she was four. Well, her parents made her do it – they thought it would teach her to sit still and be quiet for at least five minutes. While the ‘quiet’ part of it didn’t really happen, she did become pretty good at the whole music thing. She played cello on the stage of Carnegie Hall when she was fifteen, she took voice lessons with operatic legends Mark Baker and Mark Oswald, and she performed in some epic community theater productions of Pirates of Penzance and The Sound of Music, among others.

Helen picked up a guitar and started writing songs in the winter of 2013, when she was a few months out of college and suddenly realized that she did not, in fact, have life all figured out. Throughout 2014 – while she was working as an archaeologist in Christchurch, New Zealand – she documented her journey through lyrics and melodies. 'Kaikoura' is her debut EP, and a prelude to her first album, 'The Lovely Days', which is slated to be released this fall. Connect with Helen on her plethora of social media pages! She loves new friends!





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