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Rachel Dawick


Sun 8 Jun 2014, 7:30pm

Where: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • non-members: $15.00
  • members: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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This Autumn Rachel Dawick ( brings you her musical tales of NZ Pioneer Women in an exciting pre-release nationwide show with internationally acclaimed musician Jon Sanders ( and special guest artists Dave Kahn (The Broadsides) and Andy Laking (Grada) appearing for some of the concerts.

‘The Boundary Riders’ tour follows the journey of a range of infamous characters whose names largely unknown in our history pages reveal stories that would slip easily into any Wild West Adventure Book.

From prostitutes to missionary wives, goldminers to magicians these beguiling tales are of conquests, survival, persistence, and the merging of peoples and cultures from far distant lands into the birth of New Zealand as we know her today.

The historic trail began over two years ago when armed with a grant from Creative NZ Rachel embarked on 40 date solo tour across the country performing, collecting and digging up stories of women in 1800s NZ. A second further collection tested her own boundaries as she cycled the length of NZ from Cape Reinga to Bluff with only a ukulele and a one person tent to her name and 2000km to travel. With many stories shared on the road, and a final concert in Christchurch held for Women’s Refuge celebrating the end of the journey she finally settled down and began the long process of putting the information together and writing the songs.

From April 19th special chance to hear stories that are not present in our history books but which begin to unravel a new past. ‘The Boundary Riders Part 1: A Quiet Revolution’ will be officially released in the UK and in NZ on September 19th road’ tales from their collection. This is the first of two albums, the first bringing us the tales from the early 1800s until 1892 – the year preceding the women’s vote. To celebrate the songs and to wet your appetite a special album entitled “Dirty Linen” has been put together for the tour featuring two of the women’s songs along with some special ‘merchandise’ only available at one of the concerts.

“These are more than just songs these are gateways into our past and to the lives of ‘ordinary’ but – 1st June, 2013 these songs will be shared as part of a pre-album release tour. This is a 2013 with an accompanying book giving you further insight into the stories and ‘on the extraordinary women – these are our stories to discover and to own”

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