How Red Is The Blood by Auckland-based duo Tattletale Saints has taken the Tui for Best Folk Album 2014.
The winner was announced yesterday (January 26) by Recorded Music NZ at the Auckland Folk Festival in Kumeu (West Auckland).
Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan formed Tattletale Saints after previously performing under Her Make Believe Band. How Red Is The Blood is the first album under their new alias.
In 2013 the duo set up a highly successful crowd funding campaign that carried them to Nashville, Tennessee to record the album. With Grammy Award winner Tim O'Brien producing, How Red Is The Blood was recorded at Butcher Shoppe Recording Studios with renowned engineer David Ferguson.
Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan says it is great folk music continues to grow in New Zealand.
"Tattletale Saints is a fine example of what the folk genre can achieve and I am delighted to extend congratulations to Tattletale Saints, deserving winner of the Best Folk Album Tui 2014.
"With How Red Is The Blood, Tattletale Saints mix stirring lyrics with beautiful folk melodies. This is an album that should be cherished for years," says Damian.
The other finalists for the 2014 Folk Tui Award were Invercargill-based duo Into The East for Fight From The Inside, and Unsung Heroes by Auckland soloist Chris Priestley.
The Auckland Folk Festival is an annual festival of music, song and dance held at Kumeu Showground, northwest of Auckland. It is organised by members of Devonport Folk Music Club, Titirangi Folk Music Club, Auckland Bluegrass & Traditional Old Time Country Music Club, the NZ Gaidhealtachd, and City of Auckland Morris Dancers.