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Thursday April 26, 2018

Adopted local already a hit as she launches second album By Jamie Adams

An American-born musician who has made Newtown her home is set to tour the country following the release of her second album, A Stranger. Nicole Andrews is a self-taught pianist, singer and electronic musician who has received critical acclaim in her short career so far. Originally from Portland, Oregon where she grew up playing music and jotting down song lyrics in her room, Nicole relocated to New Zealand in 2006 to pursue a relationship, settling in Wellington after initially staying in Queenstown. “I wanted to be involved in the music scene, but I also wanted to go to acupuncture school,” she says. “Also it’s a city and I’m more

comfortable being in a city. “I have been here eight years and the more time I’m here the more similar it is to Portland with the craft beer thing growing.” “I love Moon Bar. I used to play there a lot. I go there as much as I can, and Monterey [Bar].” “I love Newtown, I don’t think I ever want to leave.” Nicole has joined Rhombus producer Thomas Voyce for production on A Stranger, which is a stylistic departure from her piano-based 2015 debut In The Shallows. That album is notable for the song Just Another Female Vocalist, the video of which is made up of hundreds of one-second clips she filmed around Wellington over the course of a year. “This is a lot different to my first album,” she says.

Newtown musician Nicole Andrews will be going on a national tour next month. PHOTO: Supplied

“This one is fully electronic. Piano is very minimal. It’s dark and melancholy.” Nicole cites Nick Cave as her inspiration for the raw, introspective style with her electronica emphasis being influenced by artists such as Bjork, Goldfrapp and Arca. A lover of folklore, languages and horror films, Nicole participated in a global novel-writing competition in 2016, has done compositions for a 48 Hour Film Festival team and is a regular participant of the Burning Man festival whenever she revisits the US. Nicole will play at Wellington’s Meow Bar on May 10 alongside local acts Ludus and L.A.S., before touring Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland. A Stranger will be released on May 4.

Heart Foundation supports those with heart failure The Heart Foundation is sending a clear message to Wellington residents living with heart failure – you are not alone. The Foundation is hosting a free informal session for people living with this condition, like Island Bay’s George Canales who still works part time for Housing New Zealand, aged 87.

In 2013, he went for a regular medical check-up and was surprised when the nurse told him his pulse was very slow. “It wasn’t affecting anything at that point, I felt totally normal but the nurse told me I needed to go to hospital,” explains George. “I didn’t go straight away because I felt fine – I went to work.” I s l a n d B a y ’s George Canales, who is afflicted with heart failure. PHOTO: Supplied





That night, his son took him to hospital, at the nurse’s insistence, and was told his heart wasn’t working properly and he had a pacemaker fitted. Two years’ later, George had trouble breathing and called an ambulance. He was diagnosed with pneumonia, which thankfully, alerted the medical staff to his heart failure. He now takes medication, does lots of walking, and also keeps active with his work. Next month’s session in Kilbirnie is one of a series of four heart failure talks that the Heart Foundation is holding around the Wellington region. Following a presentation by Janet Dunbar and Chris Murphy, Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialists, Capital & Coast DHB, attendees will be welcome to share their own experiences and ask questions.  It will take place at St Patrick’s Church Hall, 1 Childers Terrace, Kilbirnie on Tuesday, May 8 from 5.30pm to 7pm. To register go to

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