French For Rabbits

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‘French for Rabbits’ are a sweet and dreamy, nautically themed dream-folk duo, named on a whim whilst pondering Lapin and whether it was indeed the correct French word for rabbits. Originally from Christchurch, French for Rabbits consists of vocalist and pianist Brooke Singer, who previously played in the much-loved ‘Ragamuffin Children’ folk band and the shoegaze outfit ‘The O’Lovelys’, and guitarist John Fitzgerald.

Originally from Waikuku Beach near Christchurch, Brooke & John moved to Wellington, where they formed ‘French for Rabbits’ with locals Ben (Bass) & Hikurangi (Drums). Since their formation in February 2011, they have sightseen and performed their way around New Zealand twice, attempted to release an EP in October 2011 (but got sidetracked), and released their first music video for ‘Claimed by the Sea’ in January 2012, followed by their debut EP released through the Wellington collective ‘Home Alone Music’, which is also home to Urbantramper, Timothy Blackman and City Oh Sigh.

French For Rabbits – Dreaming of Folk – NZ Musician, 2014 (Vol:18, No:6)

Their debut LP ‘Spirits’ was released in 2014 on Lefse Records, and on the diligent indie label Home Alone Music. The release coincided with an extensive tour in October – November 2014, where the opened for Danish chanteuse Agnes Obel in some of the most beautiful concert halls through Europe.

Brooke & John Fitzgerald share some stories from touring around Europe…

RNZ Gallery
Adventures in Musicland: French for Rabbits in Europe.
Tour Diary…

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Nick Bollinger reviews ‘Spirits’…

Brooke, John & Ben Wood on RNZs ‘NZ Live’…

Live from Auckland venue, The Wine Cellar, 2014…

Profile adapted from Amplifier. Cover sourced from Bandcamp. Interviews/Live sessions courtesy of RNZ. Used with permission.

Last edited: 04.05.16

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