Winners of the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year 2014


Tattletale Saints - How Red is the Blood




New Zealand born duo Tattletale Saints is vocalist, guitarist, songwriter Cy Winstanley and vocalist, double bassist Vanessa McGowan.

Winstanley and McGowan recorded the debut Tattletale Saints album How Red Is the Blood in January 2013 in Nashville with Grammy winning producer and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien.

That album went on to win the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year in 2014, and the band is currently based in Nashville Tennessee.

“Intelligent, entertaining and thoroughly captivating”
Sing Out! Magazine, March 2014

"How Red Is The Blood is the Nashville recorded effort of two New Zealander’s who describe the pleasure and plight of a people, addressing modern societal rifts with acerbic, beguiling wit... I don’t know what the answers are to many of the questions How Red Is The Blood asks, but I do know this: folk music lives, and this is it".
Amercian Standard Time, September, 2014

“Beautiful organic folk songs… shimmers like an Indian summer after noon… their knife edge still hews to folk’s clarion call to challenge injustice, and it still cuts to the bone.”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine, September 2014

“There is a timeless quality to the Tattletale Saints music, simultaneously classic roots and modern revival, placing them alongside the more notable artists of today's scene. There are elements of folk, good old Appalachia style music, and a splash of country in their sound, too, which they do exceedingly well. And this all comes together to create well-written songs with stirring vocals.”
No Depression, August 2014

"Sensitively understated folk and subtle simplicity… songs as memorable, lyrically considered and melodically engaging as many of Paul Simon's… a very emotionally engaging album"

Graham Reid,, March 2013

"Cy is a beautiful singer, melodic yet conversational, and a vocal resemblance to Paul Simon is only heightened by the ambitiousness of his songwriting… in the unadorned setting of the duo it becomes clear how complete that talent is"

Nick Bollinger, The Listener, April 2013.

"There is something utterly beguiling about a musician armed with a guitar and a suitcase full of memories, which need little or no adornment.There's nowhere to hide, the voice has to engage you and the songs have to have substance. That's the natural, unadulterated beauty of Tattletale Saints debut album. Cy Winstanley has the rich voice and lyric instincts of a Paul Simon and his foil, the equally talented Vanessa McGowan adds lovely punctuation harmonies and the sort of swinging bass lines that you'd expect from a jazz musician."

4.5/5 Mike Alexander, Sunday Star Times, April 2013



Sign up to our newsletter



  • How Red is the Blood Album
  • How Red is the Blood Album

Buy the Album

How Red Is the Blood (CD and MP3 download) released by Old Oak Music, distributed by Rhythmethod and DRMNZ in New Zealand and Australia.

Recorded in Nashville, TN in January 2013 at the Butcher Shoppe with producer Tim O'Brien.

Tracks: Kathleen, Traces of You, Emily, Doctor Doctor, How Red Is the Blood from a Broken Heart, Fell Upon the Fields, Complicated Man, Jessica On Prairie Legs, Molly, Hank, We've Got Lakes, At Last.