US Country-Pop singer-songwriter, Caroline Jones, has released a brand new Christmas EP, recorded in New Zealand with local folk heroes The Trenwiths.
Featuring two Bluegrass versions of festive favourites ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’, the tracks were recorded earlier this year at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland.
Caroline spent time in New Zealand following its Covid-free status in order to continue making music face to face, as she explains:
“Once I arrived here and had completed two weeks quarantine and followed all protocols, I was eager to engage in the in-person musical connection I have been missing this year.
As anyone who follows me knows, I am always open and excited to dip my toes in the waters of different styles of music. I researched The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, which is a more than 50 year old institution here in New Zealand, and of which Paul Trenwith is a founding member. We were able to get in touch with Paul and begin jamming with him, mandolinist Keith MacMillan, and Paul’s sons Sam and Tim, who together are known as The Trenwiths.”
“We are now working on a full set to livestream, and hopefully we will also record a few traditional folk songs,” says Caroline. “It’s hard to put into words how truly down-to-earth, genuine and funny this family band is, but hopefully folks will feel it in the music we have made thus far and see it in the accompanying videos. We are having an absolute blast!”