Reb Fountain Profile

Victoria Girling-Butcher
5 Jun 2020

Reb Fountain has always used music to disentangle the fabric of her life – migrancy, relationships, motherhood, trauma and triumph. Her compelling and beguiling songs lay bare a unique honesty that has seen her connect with a growing audience in New Zealand and around the world.

Fountain was born in San Francisco, her mother a nurse and father a professor of economics. The family was part of a very liberal Christian community where communion was centered around music. “If you look at the photos of my parents when they were young, I mean it’s like a full-on Woodstock hippie situation.”

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“I kind of grew up in that era where I very much had a rock’n’roll dream.” – Reb Fountain.
Reb Fountain in a still image from the 'Hopeful & Hopeless' video, 2017.
Reb Fountain with Dave Khan at the piano.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Reb Fountain - Heart (2021)
The Eastern, 10 Good Rounds, 2016: Reb Fountain, Adam McGrath, Jess Shanks.
Photo credit: Jess Shanks collection
“I remember sitting there and listening to my mum harmonising and wanting to be able to do that.” – Reb Fountain.
Reb Fountain - Little Arrows (2017)
Reb Fountain onstage at the Tuning Fork, Auckland.
The Broken Heartbreakers, Reb Fountain & The Bandits and Lauren Thomson at Auckland's Kings Arms, March 2009
The Eastern, 10 Good Rounds, 2016: Alice Ryan Williams, Jess Shanks, Brendan Gregg, Jono Hopley, Reb Fountain, Flora Knight.
Photo credit: Jess Shanks collection
Reb Fountain at the Wine Cellar, Auckland, with Dave Khan at left, Cole Goodley on drums, Brendon Turner (bass) and Sam Prebble (fiddle).
Reb Fountain onstage with John Segovia (middle) and Don McGlashan, Clevedon Village Hall.
“I was around 13 or 14 when I started really putting my deep melancholic poetry together with a couple of guitar chords.” – Reb Fountain.
The Ravens - Alice Ryan Williams, Reb Fountain, Jess Shanks.
Reb Fountain and band onstage at Womad, Taranaki, March 2020.
Reb Fountain - When Gods Lie (2020)
Reb Fountain onstage at Womad, Taranaki, March 2020.
Reb Fountain - Faster (2019)
Reb Fountain - Gold (2017)
Reb Fountain with Dylan Storey and Tom Cunliffe at left, Dave Khan (right) at 50 Dundas St, Dunedin.
The Eastern, from left: Alice Ryan Williams, Reb Fountain, Adam McGrath, Jono Hopley, Jess Shanks.
The Eastern: Reb Fountain, Flora Knight, Adam McGrath, Jess Shanks, Jono Hopley.
Reb Fountain with Dave Khan at the piano.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
“The songwriting part was what I got stuck into it because it was a way to express myself.” – Reb Fountain.
Reb Fountain - January's Well (2008)
Jess Shanks, Reb Fountain and Alice Ryan Williams - The Ravens, at Womad
Photo credit: Trevor Villers
Reb Fountain - Slave (2017)
Reb Fountain - Samson (2020)
Reb Fountain - Hopeful & Hopeless (2017)
Tami Neilson hosts a Southern Fried Sunday at the King's Arms, Auckland, 30 October 2011, with Reb Fountain and the Bandits, Sam Prebble's Bond St Bridge, and Bernie Griffen and the Grifters.
Reb Fountain onstage at Womad, Taranaki, March 2020.
The cover image of Reb Fountain's self-titled 2020 album on Flying Nun.
“I came out the other side of that and I felt like I had my wings back.” – Reb Fountain.
The Eastern at a 10 Good Rounds gig, 2016. From left: Brendan Gregg, AJ Park, Alice Ryan Williams, Flora Knight, Reb Fountain, Adam McGrath, Jono Hopley, Jess Shanks.
Reb Fountain and Dave Khan.
Reb Fountain at the Tuning Fork, Auckland.
Photo credit: Reuben Raj
Reb Fountain - Hopeful / Hopeless (2017)
Neil Finn at the piano with members of the star-studded backing vocal choir for his performance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at the Auckland Arts Festival, 9-10 March 2018. Back row: Steve Abel, Sean Donnelly, Samuel Flynn Scott, Harper Finn, James Milne, Jimmy Metherell. Reb Fountain and Sharon Finn are front row left; Julia Deans and Sandy Mill are front row right.
Reb Fountain - Don't You Know Who I Am (2020)
Reb Fountain with Dave Khan (left) and Will Would.
Reb Fountain, Alice Ryan Williams, Jess Shanks.
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