Olivia Wilson and Elizabeth Braggins
Elizabeth’s enthusiasm and aptitude for music led to her first music lessons when she was very little but after a few lessons her music teacher suggested she learn the alphabet first. She started learning music again a little later and continued to do so until her mid twenties. As a teenager she learned classical guitar, clarinet and the french horn but the piano and singing have always been her forte.
‘Liz Braggins’ has been a familiar name on the Christchurch music scene. She has a unique style developed from many years of immersion in the music industry. Her highly original versions of well-known songs are an eclectic mix of genres highlighting her background in most musical styles.
Elizabeth is also known internationally for her piano playing, singing and composition. Her self-titled album which was produced by Nigel Stone and Malcolm McNeill was a showcase of Christchurch and Wellington musicians which went on to become a finalist in the New Zealand Music Awards.
Her recordings feature frequently on National Radio and she has appeared at many live events including the Christchurch International Jazz Festival, the Christchurch Arts Festival, the Waipara Wine and Food Celebration, the Wanganui Arts Festival and Toast Martinborough.
As the daughter of local musicians, Olivia has been performing on stage for as long as she can remember. Finding a passion in singing, Olivia enjoyed studying music throughout her schooling. Although she is an Art Historian and works at Canterbury Museum, Olivia has maintained music in her daily life by leading the Museum waiata group, being a longstanding member of the Christchurch Youth Choir and, more recently, joining the
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Chorus.
Olivia has performed at many venues around Christchurch over the years, including a Lazy Sundays event held in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. She has also joined her talented mother Elizabeth Braggins on stage on numerous occasions at Toast Martinborough, backed by The Nairobi Trio and Graham Wardrop. She has recorded frequently and features as a
backing vocalist on Elizabeth’s up-coming album.
Olivia always presents a captivating performance, serenading you with her favourite soulful ballads accompanied by the wonderful piano and harmonic skills of Elizabeth Braggins to leave you feeling warmed and emotionally restored.
Thank you for your interest in the Canterbury Folk Music Festival. If you require any additional information about the event or how to apply, please contact us:
Canterbury Folk Music Festival
P O Box 964, Christchurch 8140