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French For Rabbits

Fri Nov 3rd, 2017

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In perhaps the most unusual of combinations, dream pop act French for Rabbits will join Wellington's most swinging septet
The Wellington City Shake Em On Downers for one show only!!!

“It’s tender and intimate yet ambitious as the sky is wide” — Stereogum

French for Rabbits are playing in three of the most beautiful New Zealand locations following the return from their month long European tour. They have announced shows on the 3-5 November in Marahau, Takaka, and Wairau Valley.
French for Rabbits is the project of New Zealand musician Brooke Singer and band. They formed in 2011, when Singer and guitarist John Fitzgerald began writing and recording lo-fi demos of ambient dream-folk in the small coastal township of Waikuku Beach. Now Wellington-based, they are joined by drummer Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (Glass Vaults), and multi-instrumentalists Ben Lemi (Trinity Roots) and Penelope Esplin.

The band have toured their ethereal and intimate music extensively through Europe, opening for admired songwriter Agnes Obel, featuring twice on The Vampire Diaries, and garnering millions of listens online. Their live shows are a mesmerising experience, punctuated by the sideways charm of their lead vocalist – once described in concert as making a concert hall feel as comfortable as a living room.

“Evoking both escapist lost weekends on sunlit shores and more melancholy-infused desolate landscapes.” — UK Sunday Star Times
The Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers are the Strait city's most swinging septet, with tunes that take you back to scintillating nights at the speakeasy. The Shake-'Em On-Downers have thrilled audiences and startled wildlife from Waiheke to Milford Sound, with energetic and iconoclastic interpretations of vintage jazz classics. As well as standards from the New Orleans and swing songbook, they also perform raging new compositions inspired by the era. Described as ‘hot Dadaist swing’, the Shake-’Em-On-Downers will serve you up a spicy gumbo of musical treats!

No pre-sales from UTR - direct through Dharma Bums Club/on the day.

acoustic/solo, alternative, country/folk, jazz, pop, rock, soul/funk, world, French for Rabbits

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