Winners of the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year 2014
New Zealand born duo Tattletale Saints is vocalist, guitarist, songwriter Cy Winstanley and vocalist, double bassist Vanessa McGowan.
Now based in Nashville Tennessee, and originally part of London based 4-piece band Her Make Believe Band, 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.
Winners of the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year 2014, the band is currently touring the USA in support of the worldwide release of the album in March 2014.
“Intelligent, entertaining and thoroughly captivating”
Sing Out! Magazine, March 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, elsewhere.co.nz
"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
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.