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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The Ravens - Alice Ryan Williams, Reb Fountain, Jess Shanks.
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The Eastern, 10 Good Rounds, 2016: Reb Fountain, Adam McGrath, Jess Shanks.
Photo credit: Jess Shanks collection
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Reb Fountain with Dave Khan at the piano.
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Reb Fountain - Hopeful / Hopeless (2017)
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“The songwriting part was what I got stuck into it because it was a way to express myself.” – Reb Fountain.
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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.
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Reb Fountain, Alice Ryan Williams, Jess Shanks.
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Reb Fountain at the Tuning Fork, Auckland.
Photo credit: Reuben Raj
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The cover image of Reb Fountain's self-titled 2020 album on Flying Nun.
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The Eastern, 10 Good Rounds, 2016: Alice Ryan Williams, Jess Shanks, Brendan Gregg, Jono Hopley, Reb Fountain, Flora Knight.
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Jess Shanks, Reb Fountain and Alice Ryan Williams - The Ravens, at Womad
Photo credit: Trevor Villers
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The Broken Heartbreakers, Reb Fountain & The Bandits and Lauren Thomson at Auckland's Kings Arms, March 2009
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Reb Fountain onstage at Womad, Taranaki, March 2020.
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“I came out the other side of that and I felt like I had my wings back.” – Reb Fountain.
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Reb Fountain with Dylan Storey and Tom Cunliffe at left, Dave Khan (right) at 50 Dundas St, Dunedin.
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“I kind of grew up in that era where I very much had a rock’n’roll dream.” – Reb Fountain.
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Reb Fountain onstage at the Tuning Fork, Auckland.
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Reb Fountain onstage at Womad, Taranaki, March 2020.
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Reb Fountain - Hopeful & Hopeless (2017)
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Reb Fountain and Dave Khan.
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Reb Fountain - Little Arrows (2017)
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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.
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Reb Fountain in a still image from the 'Hopeful & Hopeless' video, 2017.
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Reb Fountain at the Wine Cellar, Auckland, with Dave Khan at left, Cole Goodley on drums, Brendon Turner (bass) and Sam Prebble (fiddle).
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Reb Fountain - Faster (2019)
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Reb Fountain - Gold (2017)
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“I remember sitting there and listening to my mum harmonising and wanting to be able to do that.” – Reb Fountain.
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Reb Fountain - January's Well (2008)
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Reb Fountain and band onstage at Womad, Taranaki, March 2020.
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Reb Fountain - Slave (2017)
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Reb Fountain - When Gods Lie (2020)
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The Eastern: Reb Fountain, Flora Knight, Adam McGrath, Jess Shanks, Jono Hopley.
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“I was around 13 or 14 when I started really putting my deep melancholic poetry together with a couple of guitar chords.” – Reb Fountain.
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Reb Fountain - Samson (2020)
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Reb Fountain with Dave Khan at the piano.
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The Eastern, from left: Alice Ryan Williams, Reb Fountain, Adam McGrath, Jono Hopley, Jess Shanks.
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Reb Fountain onstage with John Segovia (middle) and Don McGlashan, Clevedon Village Hall.
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Reb Fountain with Dave Khan (left) and Will Would.
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Reb Fountain - Don't You Know Who I Am (2020)
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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.
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