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


Tattletale Saints - How Red is the Blood




Tattletale Saints are a New Zealand based duo described as a “masterful blend of Americana fused with jazz, soul and pop” and made up of Cy Winstanley voice/guitar/harmonica and Vanessa McGowan voice/double bass.

Winners of the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year 2014 and finalists in the APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2013 for the song Complicated Man.

"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,

"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 17/04/13



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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.