Erin has played in bands since she was 16 years old and became a member of the NEFC, when her violin playing became fiddle playing. She joined the Bog Boogie Band with Adie and Jock Walton and Bob Bickerton before migrating with her fiddle to Australia. After a four year musical hiatus working as a midwife, moving back to Dunedin she picked up the guitar in the T & D Bigger Band, which was nominated for a Folk Tui (Best Folk Album). But it was in the popular trio Delgirl that she turned her hand to songwriting. Erin says,
“My songs are different, difficult to put into a genre, unless you have a genre for 'acoustic' or 'heart felt'. I was recently working with Doug Wright who was arranging my song for a band andhe said to me it was a groove combination of punk and funk. My songs reflect me, inquiring and interested. They capture moments or experiences in my life that interest me, or 'capture' me. For instance how people are unable to say things, my reflections on house work and dust, how we bury our heads in the sand and how change sweeps us up.”
When Delgirl won the Folk Tui in 2008, it was a huge buzz and honour for her, of which she is justifiablyproud. Erin continues to develop her art of song writing.
“Writing a song is very three dimensional for me, like a sculpture. It is about creating a genuine whole being, combining lyrics, texture, harmony (chord progression and function), feel, groove, character, voice and a visceral integrity. It is so much an essence of me, it needs to hold onto itself. Each song takes its own journey.
“I feel it is important for us all to contribute our songs to the pool of NZ music. If we value what we do then we can contribute to it, if we don't, then we won't contribute. I also love teaching music/songwriting/guitar/singing. Having completed a music degree last year majoring in song writing I feel I have much to offer people who want to develop their unique musical voice. Peoples' creativity provides them with endless opportunities for personal musical learning.”