BLUE SMOKE RECORDS

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 she didn't enjoy.

 

Blue Smoke Records' first project was to gather and digitally remaster Pixie's unique collection

of original recordings for the first time for a new generation to enjoy.

2020 PROJECTS

"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

PROJECTS

Blue Smoke Records is proud to present three very special projects

that celebrate the music and story of

- Pixie Williams -

 

The Documentary
PIXIE

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

Live Show
Portrait of Pixie

A unique festival performance  

showcasing the songbook of

Pixie Williams and the music

that influenced her.

Songbirds Kirsten Te Rito, Rachel Fraser and Katelin Little with The New Blue Band

bring Pixie's music to life, and light the stage with songs that shaped a generation.

 

TSB Theatre, New Plymouth 

Saturday, 14 November 2020

7.30pm

Tribute Album

The New Blue

Remixed and Reimagined

A tribute album is under production to reimagine Pixie's recordings with Aotearoa's leading and emerging contemporary artists.  The album will include Te Reo versions of select songs, including Blue Smoke with Stroma Filmworks Orchestra recording a remix version accompanying Pixie's original vocals.

Read more here...

Producers:  Mike Gibson, Munki Studios  

Riki Gooch & Lisa Tomlins

 

SUPPORTED BY

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.

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