Solo folk artist has local roots
Former Palmerston North folk singer Rachel Dawick returns to her hometown for a night of stories and song.
Dawick stops off at the Palmerston North Folk Club on Friday night during a summer tour of New Zealand to preview songs from her forthcoming album A Penny Plain and Two Pence Coloured.
The songs were inspired by the accounts of Henry Mayhew, who in the mid-1800s took to the streets to interview the London poor.
Mayhew released these interviews as a series of articles in The Chronicle newspaper, and later compiled them in a four volume book entitled London Labour and the London Poor.
Dawick’s music evokes the streets of Victorian London, in a musical melting pot that crosses from folk to toy theatre to musical theatre.
In true troubadour tradition, Dawick’s penchant for mashing folk, blues, country, gospel, cabaret and French chanson was apparent on her last visit to the city in April 2015 for the launch of previous album The Journey of The Boundary Ridersin The Dark Room, and at Massey University’s Arts On Wednesday.
The 2015 Tui nominated folk album spun the stories of six 19thcentury pioneering New Zealand women into songs, revealing characters and situations that were as colourful and as intriguing as any of their male counterparts.
Dawick’s forebears arrived in Palmerston North in the late 1800s, establishing Dawick’s Buffet, a boarding house and restaurant on Rangitikei St that eventually became the Royal Tavern. Her father, John Dawick was instrumental in helping establish Centrepoint Theatre.
After the The Penny Plain tour, Dawick will return to the UK to record the album with three-piece UK ‘‘bloke-folk’’ band Faustus. Later in the year she will return with Faustus in tow for a full music tour.
Dawick’s solo folk club performance is at 8pm on Friday, February 17 at the Theosophical Hall, 304 Church St. Members are $15 and public $20, with tickets on sale at the door from 7.45pm.
Folk musician Rachel Dawick boasts a strong Palmerston North connection.