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Rachel Dawick


Sun 27 Nov 2011, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Mussel Inn, 1259 State Highway 60, Onekaka, Golden Bay, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages


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Keeping the DIY New Zealand spirit Rachel Dawick is a bit of a lone travelling artist who uses the world of songwriting, design, recording and performing as a tool to recreate the many visual stories that find their way into her life. With an ever-packed suitcase her home is one that lies in connecting these threads together and for that she finds herself constantly on the road. At least that’s the story for those fellow romantics out there. For the rest this might be more up your street…

“A young big-voiced country blues singer with Bessie Smith on her mind” (Chapel Arts, Bath 2010)

At the end of 2010 Rachel returned to her home country and with a grant from Creative NZ toured the country performing in 42 different venues from 13th April to the 13th June 2011, running songwriting workshops and collecting the stories of women’s lives in the 1800s along the way. Now living in a cottage in the Banks Peninsula she is writing the songs of these stories in between the earth tremors. She will be hitting the road again in October performing these new songs up and down NZ collecting stage two of the stories before finally recording these songs in NZ and the UK and touring extensively overseas once more.

2010 was an equally busy time with two collaborative songs released Greece with EMI (“Peeling Apples” Athena Andreadis – release 2011 in the UK) and the UK (“Somewhere to Jump” Aberfeldy) as well as the completion of her MA in Songwriting at Bathspa University.

Originally from New Zealand Rachel has spent the last nine years playing at festivals and clubs across NZ and the UK originally as part of an all female blues/celtic trio “Ruby Blue” and in the UK as a solo artist sometimes working as a duo with the fabulous Nick Lewis and as a band with Roy Dodds, Kevin McGuire, Andy May and Nick Lewis for her recent album and with Pat McGarvey and Wil Molleson at the launch in Edinburgh in August 2009.

The most recent album ‘Ed’s Bar and Grill’ released at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2009 saw a move from the more reflective and ‘worldly folk’ influenced album ‘Journeys’ released in 2008, to a definite country groove that is “a bit bluesy, a bit western swing, a bit Marlene Dietrich” with songs that have a “world-weary feeling to them – as if they were recorded in black and white” (Bluesbunny Review 2009).

Rachel has performed in a variety of places/events including: 42 different libraries up and down NZ, Wellington Folk Club (NZ), Auckland Folk Club (NZ), Palmerston North Folk Club (NZ), Dunedin Folk Club (NZ), Christchurch Folk Club (NZ), Whare Flat Festival (NZ), Canterbury Folk Festival (NZ), The Harbourlight Theatre (NZ), The Golden Guitar Awards (NZ), Micky Finns (NZ), The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Acoustic Music Centre), Acoustic Music Club Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh Folk Club, Glenfarg Folk Club, The Wee Folk Club, The Leith Folk Club The Star Folk Club, the Cambridge Folk Club, the York Folk Club, The York Folk Festival, The Taybank Songwriters Festival, The Edinburgh Songwriters Festival, the Dunfermline Folk Club, The George Hotel, The Early Music Centre in York, The Chapel Arts Centre in Bath, The Folk House in Bristol as well as an array of other places including the slightly more unusual ones such as the York Football Club as the half time entertainment!