All Mountains Are Men
Rosy Tin Teacaddy
Boil the kettle, warm the pot, swirl the leaves and settle down to a cuppa in the sweet company of Billy Earl and Betty Grey, better known as Rosy Tin Teacaddy. This duo of instrumentalist/singer/songwriters is known as a special blend in the south of the North Island. As part of the Wild Creations project, they have produced All Mountains Are Men, about Tarawera and the volcanic eruption there in 1886. The first few songs are moody and misty before Billy takes over lead vocals and raises the heat: “It’s getting to know your business, hoping you please don’t blow your top.” Billy and Betty are often a self-sufficient duo, using delicate instrumentation to enhance their subtle vocal harmonies and richly hued texts, but here they’ve expanded to include strings and tasty percussion, telling the tale of a land and its people.
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Kate Mead is a Radio NZ Concert production manager.
Story: Kate Mead