‘Stretch totally captivated, the voice beautiful and soulful. Immediately the place lit up, we finished on our feet, a crowd desperate for more’ - BayBuzz
Stretch has a passion in his performance that sets shows alight. From dark-hearted ballads to roof-raising choruses, his songs are a bittersweet blend of folk, soul and rock’n’roll.
Having performed stunning sets at The Powerstation and Tuning Fork, opened for Damien Rice, Jeff Tweedy, Angus & Julia Stone, plus sold-out headline shows at Church Road Winery and Hawke's Bay Arts Festival; Stretch can be counted as one of New Zealand's most captivating musical talents.
'Jaws drop to this sound, a class act from master musicians, we were transported' - The Hook
Now framing this exceptional voice, is the combination of acoustic guitar and the incredible tone of a 300-year-old cello. In the hands of Paula Sugden, her cello sings with grace and power. This musical connection has brought audiences to a hush, then left them roaring for more. The combination of mesmerising performance and songwriting lead to being selected
to open for Elton John in New Zealand on his last ever tour.
This sparse and emotive sound has now been captured on the new album ‘Our Dreams Are Changing’. This beautifully wrought collection of songs showcases his songwriting at a new level.
‘One of the things that continues to captivate me is Stretch’s vocal delivery. His words resonate but also linger because he probes and searches his way around a lyric as if he’s still
exploring the depths of its meaning to him.’ - Mike Alexander
With songs from the soul and a sound that transports listeners, this is life affirming music,
undeniable in its impact.
‘If you could embody the phrase "music for our times", then Our Dreams Are Changing
would be worthy of that description’ 5/5 stars
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