Alt-folk Duo Good Habits - Spring Summer Album Release Tour

September 25th 2020
Good Habits are a UK alt-folk duo, telling stories and turning heads across the globe.

Album out now! 

Composed of singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist Pete Shaw, Good Habits create folk-infused songs that test the limits of their traditional instruments. Having been previously featured in The NZ Herald and Radio One, Good Habits are looking to continue with their steep trajectory with their latest release.

With ambition and versatility at the centre of their philosophy, Good Habits launched their duo project in October 2019. The standing-singing-dancing band embarked on a 40 show tour across New Zealand, wowing audiences across the length and breadth of the country in the process. Covid-19 left them stranded in New Zealand, but thanks to the warmth and support of new friends, they have made the most of NZ's triumphant recovery. During their hibernation in Paekakariki, they captured the collection of songs from their travels; Going For Broke represents their leap of faith as Good Habits pursue their musical dreams on the other side of the world.


As nomadic musicians, the songs revolve around themes of travels and encounters, from ‘See How the Evening Goes' (about the spark that provoked the duo's big adventure) through to ‘Racing the Hour Hand' (embodying the urgency found within their creative process).

The album adds more stories to the duo's growing scrapbook of musical adventures, augmenting their irreplaceable live performance in adventurous arrangements featuring guest musicians from across the globe. In collaboration with sound artist (and former member of Good Habits) Benji Marrington-Reeve, their acoustic instruments find new sonic potentials culminating in a bold and imaginative experience. The duo's versatile sound and welcoming personality sees more instrumentalists join the Good Habits community. They welcome violinist Tiffany Anderson and bass player Léo Rocha who help create a direct sound that sits imaginatively and unfussily between the reaches of folk traditions from around the world.

With a core sound that balances the string instrumentals of The Moulettes and the emotional candor of Kate Bush, Good Habits continue to add new layers to their already distinctive sound.



‘Going for Broke’ Album Release Tour 2020: 

18th September - Live Launch - The Third Eye - Wellington   //    26th September - Te Pahu Sound Lounge 

27th September - Nikau Caves - Waikaretu    //   2nd October - Movespace - Auckland 

3rd October - Sofar Sounds - Auckland   //   4th October - Luke’s Kitchen - Kuaotunu

9th October - Smash Palace - Gisborne    //   10th October - The Cabana Ball - Napier 

16th October - Social Club - Rotorua   //    24th October - Lucky Bar - Wanganui 

25th October - Raumati Social Club    //    6th November - Roots Bar -Takaka 

8th November - Golden Bear Brewery - Mapua    //    13th November - Hanmer Springs 

13th - 15th November - Canterbury Folk Festival    //    22nd November - Greymouth Farmers Market 

28th November - Lyttelton Market     //    29th November - Wunderbar - Lyttelton

4th-6th December- Sanctuary Sounds Festival     //    20th December - Tsunami - Levin

31st December - Resolution Festival     //   14th January - TSB Festival of Lights 

21st February - Loudmouth Festival 

Album Credits:

Recorded by Pete Shaw and Bonnie Schwarz 

Mixed by Benjamin Marrington-Reeve 

Mastered by Matt Waters and Matt Bush  Vocals/Cello - Bonnie Schwarz 

Accordion/Cajon - Pete Shaw 

Violin - Tiffany Anderson

Bass - Léo Rocha 

Sax - Benjamin Marrington-Reeve 

Artwork by Freya Slack (featuring Photography from Jack D’Arcy)

Photos by Bob Zuur 

Sound mentor - Alex Armstrong-Holding 

Publicist - Hugh Morris 

Special thanks to:

In The Shallows @whatsintheshallows

PRS foundation UK for the ‘Creative Sustainability’ grant. 


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