Rachel Dawick: The Marionette

Friday 10th November 7:30pm

This summer Rachel Dawick returns to Katikati on a tour after two years in the UK developing her songwriting skills in London as part of the ‘Book, Music and Lyric’ musical theatre programme.

Rachel’s 2014 album, ‘The Boundary Riders’, was a finalist for best New Zealand Folk Album in 2015 and chosen as one of forty new emerging British Musical Theatre pieces.

‘The Boundary Riders’ marked the beginning of a quest to seek out the hidden stories of the past and turn them into songs.

‘The Marionette’ tour brings these worlds together in a showcase of new work that Rachel is currently developing – historic characters from New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe – folk tales of a ‘world seen through wooden eyes’.

The songs will cross into stories from travelling entertainment troupes, Australian convicts, artists of La Belle Epoque and the London poor. The first of these worlds – A Penny Plain, Henry Mayhew’s ‘London Working, London Poor’ – will be released in 2018.


‘An invaluable body of work that traverses genres’

NZ Herald

‘A rare and magical thing’

NZ Musician


Come along on November 10th for a great evening’s entertainment… plus tea, coffee and some of Countdown’s crispiest biscuits at half time!

New album

Rachel’s new album is to be recorded with the UK Folk Band Faustus in spring 2018 and released in September with an accompanying book in preparation for a New Zealand tour with Faustus.

This will be followed at the end of 2019 with Two Pence Coloured - celebrating entertainment troupes in New Zealand during the gold rush.

To accompany this special celebration tour, two new CDs will be available to purchase on the summer 2017-18 tour – The Marionette – and Stories from the Street, a selection of cover songs: songs of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Jacques Brel, Emmylou Harris, Edith Piaf, Leonard Cohen, Juliette Greco, John Prine and others.

NB: Some copies of The Boundary Riders album with accompanying book will be available on this tour but all other previous albums (Journeys, Ed’s Bar & Grill, Dirty Linen) are sold out and no longer in print.

Read more

VIsit Rachel’s website here.



Katikati Bowling Club
8 Park Road



$15 members
$20 non-members
Children: free


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