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.

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