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NZ musicians standing against trafficking in Auckland

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Performer Holly Arrowsmith. Photo supplied.

Award-winning singer-songwriters are joining forces to combat human trafficking at two Auckland gigs in July.

Holly Arrowsmith, New Zealand Tui Award ‘Best Folk Album 2016’ winner and Silver Scroll nominee, Aro and Aaron//David will perform two free intimate gigs on Friday July 14, at Grey Lynn Library Hall, and Saturday July 15, at The Rose Centre,  as part of the ‘Stand with Her Tour’. The tour seeks to support Tearfund New Zealand’s efforts to combat human trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region.

“It’s an honour to be part of this tour, sharing honest music and stories of freedom to fight modern-day slavery,” says Arrowsmith. “Every time we use our choice, we vote for the world we want to live in. I would hate to wake up one day and realise I have only used it for myself. That’s why I’m choosing to stand with victims and survivors of human trafficking.”

The Stand with Her Tour will unveil music from Arrowsmith’s new folk album, due to be released later this year, following last year’s debut award-winning For the Weary Traveller.

“There are certainly traits running through the new album that echo the first album, including my devotion to nature and its lessons. This time, however, cities, and the characters I have met along the way have found their way into the story. It is stripped back and more true to my live performances, which I really love.”

Auckland-based duo, Aro (formerly Chem), and Aaron//David, lead singer of the Waikato band, Wilderness Love, will also play new music from their 2017 debut EPs on the tour.

The Stand with Her Tour is presented by Tearfund in support of its anti-trafficking and exploitation work overseas. Tearfund takes a comprehensive approach in dealing with modern slavery, from prevention through to rescue and rehabilitation of trafficking survivors. This includes the prosecution of human traffickers. Audiences will hear from anti-trafficking expert, Sarah Scott-Webb, and can sign-up to a $30 monthly pledge to help protect the vulnerable from exploitation.

When & Where: Friday, July 14, Grey Lynn Library Hall, 7pm.
Saturday, July 15, The Rose Centre, Belmont, 7pm.

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