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'the boundary riders' album
review by kate taylor 25 Sept 2014


"There’s a stunning display of song writing and musicianship on display here with everything from saloon-drawl groove to spicy bhangra melodies.


Dawick is not alone in her musical prowess she is accompanied by Jon Sanders, Dave Kahn, Chris Koole, Andy Laking and the delightful Steve Bretel as the Narrator of the show; bringing a well-rounded group from various musical backgrounds to create one unique and important whole. 


A real earthy and important NZ album to check into....  


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by Paula Yeoman

NZ Herald 21 Sept  2014

"Rachel Dawick isn't a historian but her new album 'The Boundary Riders' is an invaluable body of work that traverses genres and captures the untold stories of Kiwi pioneer women...   


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By Graham Reid 2014


Last week, the day before our conversation, disaster befell singer-songwriter Rachel Dawick. Invited to the New Zealand Woman's Weekly for an interview about her ambitious theatrical production The Boundary Riders; Musical Tales of New Zealand Pioneer Women, she was then asked if they could get some photos of her with her guitar....


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Rachel Dawick - Of Pioneering Spirit
review by Briar Lawry

NZ Musician Oct/Nov 2014

"A rare and magical thing arrived in NZM’s post recently – a new release album not only with artful CD packaging, but a two-act theatrical performance disc and a companion book filled with contemporary Victorian-style illustrations. More to the point, all elements combine to create a thoroughly engrossing experience, a charming window to another ‘unsung’ time in our history, the soul-breaking pioneer days of 1820 - 1893. Enter Rachel Dawick the folk singer and songwriter behind concept album/musical ‘The Boundary Riders’.


Briar Lawry asked after the motivation for such an evident labour of more here.

'the journey of the boundary riders' show
THEATRE REVIEW 18 APRIL 2015 by joy green


"Interesting, rewarding, highly enjoyable"


The songs vary in genre, depending on the nature of the narrative, and each is entertaining in and of itself. A couple – the story of entertainer Jane Whiteside (AKA Mademoiselle Estella, AKA Blanche Fane, AKA Jennie Anderson) and the tale of prostitute Barbara Welford – are outstanding: pure delight. Dawick's musicality and vocals are excellent, even singing a capella, and she has an engaging presence that makes her personal reflections more confidences than lectures: a very good thing for the overall effect of the show.... 


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