Kiwi songwriter Rachel Dawick has just released her new single ‘Biddy of the Buller’ from her forthcoming double album The Boundary Riders – NZ release date September 19th.
The new lively country single ‘Biddy of the Buller’ takes the listener on a visual journey through the life of goldminer Bridget Goodwin as she sits smoking her clay pipe confessing her past sins.
Recorded live in Katikati with Paul Hoggard, the single features Rachel Dawick on vocals and guitar, Jon Sanders on ukelele, Andy Laking on Double Bass,Dave Khan on violin and Chris Koole on percussion.
“’Biddy of the Buller’ that is Bridget Goodwin” says Rachel, “is one of the six women who lived in NZ in the 1800s whose journeys are followed through the course of the show album. Biddy was a four-foot, pipe smoking goldminer who lived with two men in a shack near Lyell along the Buller River. She was a tough character working and living alongside two men in water up to her hips, panning for gold every day. She defied the notion of what a woman in Victorian society should be like trying to survive in a newly settled colony in a man’s world. She was a generous, whisky loving, hard working, Irish born woman whose way of life helped paved the way for women in NZ to gain the vote on the 19th September in 1893.”
The forthcoming double album The Boundary Riders and the accompanying 52 page book is a collection of musical tales told through the perspective of a woman following her own journey discovering these hidden voices and bringing their remarkable lives into the public eye.
The single ‘Biddy of the Buller’ will be available via Amplifier, Bandcamp and iTunes