BLUE SMOKE RECORDS
Music can change your mood, paint your experiences
and colour your memories. Ten years after the release of
For the Record - The Pixie Williams Collection,
Blue Smoke Records is proud to release
The New Blue - Pixie Williams Reimagined
Releasing 9 April 2021
Music has the power to transport us to another time and place.
Blue Smoke Records was established to do just that - to transport listeners to the music
of post-war New Zealand by restoring the magical recordings of Pixie Williams
more than 60 years after their release.
In 1949, as an unknown 21 year old, Pixie became a household name singing Blue Smoke, a song that appealed to post-war sentiments, evoking the emotion and sadness of parting loved ones heading to war. Little known today was that Pixie went on to record a further 12 songs, mixing universal themes and international musical styles with an unmistakable flavour of Aotearoa, New Zealand,
before slipping quietly from the limelight.
"The discovery and restoration of Pixie Williams' recordings is an important event
in the history of New Zealand music. It will make available to the public fantastic works
that would have otherwise been lost forever."
Stephen O'Hoy, Amplifier 2011
Blue Smoke Records is proud to present three very special projects
to celebrate the music and story of
- Pixie Williams -
PIXIE is the remarkable story of Pixie Williams, our first pop star, and Aotearoa's musical pioneers.
Given New Zealand's post-war cultural landscape was more discriminating than today, PIXIE is the fascinating tale of how two self-taught artists from the same iwi came to make New Zealand recording history.
Director: Danny Mulholland
Producer: Julian Arahanga, AWA Films
The Live Show
The New Blue
Arts Fesitvals 2021
A unique festival performance showcasing the songbook of Pixie Williams and the music that influenced her life.
Songbirds Lisa Tomlins, Kirsten Te Rito, and Rachel Fraser and The New Blue Band bring Pixie's music to life, lighting the stage with songs that shaped a generation.
Regent Theatre, Dunedin
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Pacific Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
The Tribute Album
The New Blue
Remixed and Reimagined
Due for release on 9 April 2021 a select group of Aotearoa's leading and emerging contemporary artists have reimagined Pixie's recordings for today.
Each artist has breathed new life into their song and gifted their own magic to its creation, including the song that started it all for Pixie, Blue Smoke.
Reimagined with a new orchestral arrangement by Mike Gibson of Munki Studios with conductor Hamish McKeich directing Stroma FilmWorks Orchestra, The New Blue features Pixie's original vocals, alongside Lisa Tomlins and Kirsten Te Rito.
Producers: Mike Gibson, Munki Studios
Riki Gooch & Lisa Tomlins
Blue Smoke Records gratefully acknowledges the following funding partners,
without whose support these nationally significant projects would not be possible.
He ao te rangi ka uhia, mā te huruhuru te manu ka rere.
The sky needs clouds to clothe it. Birds need feathers to fly.