The New Zealand Herald expects Bic Runga to do pick up a ''sackload of Tuis'' when she attends next week's New Zealand Music Awards.
The singer/songwriter who plays instruments such as harmonica, mellotron, banjo, xylophone and piano, recently sold out most of her solo tour: 35 dates in Britain, France, Poland (where her album Birds
is on the Top Ten - "things like Leonard Cohen
are Top 10 in Poland") and "home away from home" Ireland ("I actually sell records there; it's pretty wild").
Runga says the reaction to her and the Birds
release by the ''fickle'' British music press has been "pretty good". And then there are those famous folks she's encountered.
"You don't have your heroes coming to your shows when they don't know who you are. It's pretty massive - Mojo
magazine published the photo of me and Jimmy Page
and that's pretty cool. Like my promoter said, 'You've made it'.
"And Elton John at a party said he's just bought my album and he basically knew my whole story. Sure, I don't have a number one single but I never set out to have that anyway."