Musician, best-selling author, TED speaker, and community leader Amanda Palmer is paying homage to New Zealand with a very special new EP and tour heading to Queenstown, Auckland, and Wellington in 2024.
Palmer, who spent over two years waylaid in Aotearoa, New Zealand with her young son during the pandemic, will honor her time as an accidental Kiwi with New Zealand Survival Songs, a brand-new five-song EP collecting material written and recorded during that life-changing experience.
HEARTFELT “LITTLE ISLAND” PREMIERES TODAY – LISTEN
Today sees the world premiere of the EP’s deeply personal “Little Island,” a duet with legendary Kiwi musician Julia Deans of Fur Patrol, available everywhere now. Described by Palmer as “a complicated and heartfelt love letter to New Zealand and to the people who held and took care of me, as well as a reflection on our collectively difficult relationships with the past, and what ‘home’ really means,” the track is joined by an official music video/visualizer premiering Thursday 23 November on YouTube.
Julia Deans says “This was a wild recording. Wild for the location, and for the energy & focus required to conjure this performance in such a small window. I loved it. But the hardest part about this session was the regret for not having been able to coordinate our schedules (and Covid’s) over the last two years to do more – play more, sing more, commune more, talk more shit – either earlier or at the time. It felt incredibly poignant to be recording this song at the time Amanda was preparing to depart our islands.”
What’s more, Palmer will return to Aotearoa for “Amanda Palmer Comes Down For a Quick Catch-up: Old Songs, New Songs, New Zealand Survival Songs,” an intimate run of concerts in New Zealand. This short tour will see Palmer engaging her devoted fans as only she can, telling stories, revealing the inspiration behind the survival songs, and of course, playing material from her ever-evolving body of work as both solo artist and one-half of The Dresden Dolls, including new songs from the iconic punk cabaret duo’s upcoming new album arranged especially for solo piano.
Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Palmer’s official Patreon beginning November 20; general on-sales begin Thursday, November 23.
For complete details, please visit Banished Music: https://banishedmusic.com/amanda-palmer-tour-2024
“It is still shocking to me that I wound up living in Aotearoa, New Zealand – unexpectedly – for over two years of my life,” says Amanda Palmer, “and that my young child was raised in a foreign country while Covid raged around the planet. I came to New Zealand at the end of a world tour and was supposed to be in the country for four show dates and eight days total. I wound up living within the borders for two and half years. Sometimes I wake up in New York and find myself short of breath and cannot believe that this all happened.
“When Covid hit, my life was mangled in four departments at once: I lost my marriage, I lost my country, I lost my artistic identity, and I very nearly lost my mind. I managed to write a song about every six months while I was down there, and they felt more like messages-in-a-bottle to my friends and patrons. These songs kept me tethered to sanity as I grappled with raising a child alone in a place where I had no community. I was very, very scared and very, very lonely. People abroad saw my Instagram feed from afar and would say: ‘You’re so lucky! It’s so beautiful there! And you managed to dodge Covid!’, and it’s true, New Zealand is gorgeous. But the pictures and little captions could not express the sorrow I felt about the collapse of my marriage, nor the incredible loneliness I felt being overseas with no prediction, nor the gratitude I felt for the strangers who took me and Ash into their homes and befriended us at my darkest hour. The songs did that.
“I wanted to come back for this short tour – not only because I’m homesick for my Kiwi friends, but because I’d like to share the music: the handful of songs that helped me survive this period of my life.”
NEW ZEALAND SURVIVAL SONGS
Release Date: Thursday 11 January 2024
“AMANDA PALMER COMES DOWN FOR A QUICK CATCH-UP:
OLD SONGS, NEW SONGS, NEW ZEALAND SURVIVAL SONGS”
NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2024
Sunday 21 January
Auckland, Q Theatre
Wednesday 24 January
Wellington, Old St Pauls
Saturday 27 January
PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE
TO MEMBERS OF PALMER’S OFFICIAL PATREON
BEGINNING NOVEMBER 20, 10AM
BANISHED MUSIC PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE
BEGINNING 21 NOVEMBER, 10AM
GENERAL ON-SALES BEGIN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 10AM
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT https://amandapalmer.net/events/
ABOUT AMANDA PALMER
Amanda Palmer is a singer, songwriter, playwright, pianist, author, director, and blogger who simultaneously embraces and explodes traditional frameworks of music, theatre, and art. She first came to prominence as part of the punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, earning global applause for their inventive songcraft and wide-ranging theatricality. Since 2015, Palmer’s wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary work has been fan supported and powered by nearly 17,000 patrons via Palmer’s official Patreon, with no corporate sponsors or restrictions on speech. Exclusive content is available to Patrons only; fans are invited to join the community HERE.
Palmer recently lit up New York City with her groundbreaking punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls for a sold-out, four-show run at the famed Bowery Ballroom. Highlights included a block of new songs amidst fan favorites, surprise covers, solo songs, and more.
Fans are invited to support Amanda Palmer’s art at patreon.com/amandapalmer