Little bit country, little bit everything

Country music + eclectic and hard to pin down.

Country music + eclectic and hard to pin down.

COUNTRY GIRL: Former Te Karaka woman Annabelle Flood (left) brings her country sound and partner Ash Sales' eclectic guitar accompaniment to the Dome Room.
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ASIA, Europe, Mexico and Alaska were among countries former Te Karaka woman Annabelle Flood visited as a cruise ship musician.

Among the musicians in the on-board band was guitarist Ash Sales. Romance blossomed and the couple have since formed an acoustic duo that will perform at the Dome Room next week.

Flood tends towards country music but at university she took on a degree in classical voice.

“I did it more for vocal technique, learning how to sing and to control my breathing. It’s important to be able to control your breath in singing.”

Sales’ musical flavour is more eclectic and harder to pin down she says.

“Ash and I have different tastes in music so we try to meet halfway. His music tells a story through the melody of the guitar. He writes instrumental music and songs for me to sing as well. He has come to like country music.

“He plays a bit of slide. He’s a very versatile musician. He can play everything. That’s why it’s so hard to describe what our sound is like. We take every style of music and make it our own.”

This includes an acoustic version of a Bob Marley song as well as Etta James’s big belter At Last.

“It’s not hard,” says Flood. “We kind of go with the flow.”

ASIA, Europe, Mexico and Alaska were among countries former Te Karaka woman Annabelle Flood visited as a cruise ship musician.

Among the musicians in the on-board band was guitarist Ash Sales. Romance blossomed and the couple have since formed an acoustic duo that will perform at the Dome Room next week.

Flood tends towards country music but at university she took on a degree in classical voice.

“I did it more for vocal technique, learning how to sing and to control my breathing. It’s important to be able to control your breath in singing.”

Sales’ musical flavour is more eclectic and harder to pin down she says.

“Ash and I have different tastes in music so we try to meet halfway. His music tells a story through the melody of the guitar. He writes instrumental music and songs for me to sing as well. He has come to like country music.

“He plays a bit of slide. He’s a very versatile musician. He can play everything. That’s why it’s so hard to describe what our sound is like. We take every style of music and make it our own.”

This includes an acoustic version of a Bob Marley song as well as Etta James’s big belter At Last.

“It’s not hard,” says Flood. “We kind of go with the flow.”

Acoustic music duo Annabelle & Ash perform classics and original tunes with a country flavour at the Dome Room, July 7. Free entry

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