Wanted: Stories of New Zealand women 1820 to 1890

Follow my tears posterDo you have stories of women in your family who lived in New Zealand in the 1800’s?  If so, we want to hear from you!
New Zealand singer-songwriter Rachel Dawick is collecting stories from all over New Zealand, which will then be used to create a new album of songs and a national resource for libraries.

“Researching into the songs written in the 1800s in NZ revealed a large gap in terms of those by women. It was a musical history dominated by men and therefore providing only half a story. If there weren’t the songs then the next best thing would be to discover the stories and write the songs myself.”
Rachel Dawick.

Write down the stories and drop them into your local Wellington City Libraries branch by 18 May or email them to us at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz
with  ‘Rachel Dawick Stories’ in the subject line. Please note that stories provided to us are unable to be returned.

nzmmFrom 14 April – 14 June, Rachel will also be travelling throughout New Zealand, performing in local libraries, while she collects the stories.

You will get your chance to see Rachel perform in Wellington when she will be giving two free live performances on Wednesday 18 May at Central Library (12-1pm) and Ruth Gotlieb Library, Kilbirnie (3.30-4.30pm).

Want to have a listen before the event?  Check out Rachel’s previous albums on our catalogue, or listen to an interview with her via RadioNZ.

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Don’t miss out!

Reminder… Reminder… Reminder…

Music producer Lee Prebble from The Surgery and his musician buddy Age Pryor from the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra and The Woolshed Sessions, will be at the Wellington Central Library TOMORROW 26th May at 4.30pm

They will be talking about how you can make it as a musician. All the inside tips and tricks.

It’s FREE! Brave the weather and we’ll see you there!

What Theresa thinks about New Zealand Music

We put a few key questions to our lovely (and knowledgeable) Wellington Library staff about New Zealand Music.

The most under-rated NZ band or musician: The Rabble are a great up-and-coming NZ punk band.

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Your favourite NZ band or musician: Goodnight Nurse rank highly. their songs are catchy and their gigs are consistently fun and entertaining.

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Your favourite live NZ music act: Streetwise Scarlet are wonderful live with high energy and great interaction with the crowd. Also, Wellington-based covers band, The Business are guaranteed to get everyone dancing. 

 

Thanks Theresa!

Rapture Ruckus Rocked!

It was a cold wintery night,  but a small group of music groupies braved the cold to see Brad Dring from Rapture Ruckus talk about is career path to becoming a famous musician at the Central Library on the 8th of May.

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Don’t miss the next New Zealand Music Month session- Music Producer Lee Prebble, from The Surgery, and musician Age Pryor, from the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and The Woolshed Sessions, will be at the Central Library on Tuesday 26th May at 4.30pm.

New Zealand Music Month is here…

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… And we need your help!

If you could ask musicians some questions about their job, what would you want to know?

Post your questions in the comment section below. We’re going to find some musos to quiz, so we need to know what to ask them.

To celebrate New Zealand Music Month Wellington City Libraries have invited musicians to give interactive QnA sessions at the Wellington Central Library.

Brad Dring of Rapture Ruckus 8th May @4.30pm

Lee Prebble of The Surgery and Age Pryor of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra 26th May @ 4.30pm

Samuel Scott and Luke Buda of The Phoenix Foundation 28th May @ 4.30pm

No bookings required at these FREE sessions.

Keep checking back here for more info about NZ Music Month.