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A dreamy Sunday with French for Rabbits

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 15 Apr, 2021 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Start your Sunday off right with some dreamy tunes at the Festival of Colour's Pacific Crystal Palace, courtesy of French for Rabbits. 

The dream-pop trio is made up of songwriter Brooke Singer, guitarist John Fitzgerald and multi-instrumentalist Ben Lemmie - who you may know from Trinity Roots, Estere and Flight of the Conchords.

The group started with Singer and Fitzgerald almost ten years ago in Waikuku Beach, northern Canterbury. Now based in Wellington, they have toured all over the world - supporting Agnes Obel, Lorde and Marlon Williams, performing at festivals in Iceland and the UK, and at SXSW. Their music has appeared in TV series including ‘The Vampire Diaries', and they have gigged in unusual locations from a castle in the Swiss Alps to a surf camp in Portugal. 

Normally accompanied by a drummer and another instrumentalist, the group are stripping it back to a trio for their current tour, for which they have performed at the Auckland Arts Festival and Cubadupa, and will have their finale here in Wānaka on Sunday.  

Singer promised the audience an “intimate show” in which the group would preview songs from their new album, due for release later this year.

“When we perform, people get to know who we are,” she said. “It's very much storytelling music, the lyrics are really a big part of it. And in the setting of just the trio, you really get to focus on the words and make the most of that element.”

French for Rabbits will perform from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Pacific Crystal Palace on Sunday. 


Read edition 1022 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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