Rosy Tin Teacaddy are Holly Jane Ewens and Andy Hummel (The Woolshed Sessions, Rhian Sheehan) working under the monikers Betty Grey and Billy Earl. With a partnership that dates back nearly twenty years, the duo are regarded for their on-stage symmetry and harmonic blend of voices. Formed in 2007, Rosy Tin Teacaddy have built a reputation for narrative songwriting and lyrical craft coupled with wit and poignancy.
Their debut EP, Blind Leading The Blind opened to audiences with a sold-out theatrical show including blindfolds, sonic trickery and live video work staged in fashion-designer Lela Jacobs’ Paekakariki studio.
Their following full-length album, The Homeward Stretch was recorded with multi-award winner Lee Prebble and was warmly received by critics.
In 2010 the pair were awarded a Wild Creations artists-in-residency grant from Creative NZ and the Department of Conservation. This saw them in song-writing exile for six weeks on the shores of Lake Tarawera where they wrote, researched and recorded their translations of local history and isolation in a site-responsive manner. The BATS theatre show, Coffee Cups and a Porridge Pot at Frying Pan Lake gave audiences a taste of this experience in May 2010.
Their forth-coming album, All Mountains Are Men is due for release on June 10, 2011.