City Oh Sigh to play Paekakariki

June 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

The wistful and mysterious sound of Wellington band City Oh Sigh comes to Paekakariki in July for one show only at St Peter’s Hall (8pm Saturday 21 July 2012).

Although a relative newcomer to the Wellingtonmusic scene, City Oh Sigh already has a debut EP Like a Light and played a number of successful shows, including as support for The Books and Mirah.

But the band members are far from musical newbies. This winsome Wellington indie foursome features players from the Sisters of St Rupertsberg, the now defunct, sprawling, super group that wowed Wellington audiences 2011 while earning a large and loyal following.

Since then, the members of City Oh Sigh say they have been hiding away and rehearsing. With new songs and a rekindled desire to play live, they are preparing to burst out of their secret practice space and their Paekakariki show will be the band’s first concert for several months.

City Oh Sigh is a trio of classically-trained musicians who combine unique instrumentation with elements of folk and minimalist pop to create a sound that is difficult to categorise, yet warmly familiar.

The group’s lead singer/songwriter/cellist, Kate Uhe, started writing her own songs after stints playing with bands (Ladybird, Blackbelles, Shiver Like Timber, Planet Earth) inNew Zealand,Australia,America andEurope.

On returning to New Zealand, Kate teamed up with two old friends, Sarah Smyth (vintage Rhodes piano) and Catherine Henehan (guitar, vocals and trumpet), and started writing songs about love and loss, friendship and loneliness.

Here’s what the reviewers have said about City Oh Sigh’s debut EP, Like A Light:

“This is fragile folk-pop for delicate souls, and primarily, one imagines, for girls, though my masculinity nonetheless feels undiminished as I whistle along to the weightless arpeggios of opening track Blow My Mind.” (Sunday Star Times)

“City Oh Sigh’s debut EP is excellent. Simple but evocative melodies, an expert use of the cello andrhodesin particular, and gorgeous harmonies all make this a particularly enjoyable listen.” (Under The Radar)

“Captured within these songs is a wonderful combination and juxtaposition between nobility, wisdom and innocence.” (Cheese On Toast)

“Like A Light is a masterful debut. For lovers of folk/pop music, this is an essential release.”  (Fishhead magazine)

For more information about City Oh Sigh, visit

City Oh Sigh

Paekakariki – one show only

St Peter’s Hall

Beach Road


Saturday 21 July 2012


$10 door charge


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