Americana duo fills folk slot

George Jackson and Rachel Baiman are making an unscheduled return to Whangateau.

Family illness has forced a change to the schedule for Whangateau Folk Club on Monday, December 16, with the cancellation of US-based Catherine ‘BB’ Bowness and Alex Rubin’s New Zealand tour.

However, two worthy replacements have stepped in, in the form of Nashville-based multi-instrumentalists George Jackson and Rachel Baiman. The couple were already set to play as a four-piece with BB and Alex in Auckland the night before the Whangateau show, and were happy to step in when BB’s mother fell ill and plans changed.

New Zealand-born George Jackson and American Rachel Baiman have both appeared at Whangateau before, George as a member of The Company and the Missy Raines Trio, and Rachel with Ten String Symphony. They specialise in old-time and Americana style music.

Rachel’s June 2017 album Shame was featured on NPR’s Songs We Love, called a “rootsy wake-up call” by Folk Alley, and was nominated for Americana Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards. Rachel is also a winner of the 2018 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award.

George Jackson was born to musician parents in Christchurch and has a degree in Jazz from Queensland Conservatorium of music. He spent many years on the Australian Festival Circuit with bands The Company and One Up, Two Down. An avid student of American fiddle styles, Jackson eventually made his way to Nashville, where he now lives and works with various bands.

Tickets already booked for Catherine ‘BB’ Bowness and Alex Rubin are automatically valid for the George Jackson and Rachel Baiman performance, or can be refunded by emailing jenine@torkington.com.

Tickets on the door cost $15 and the concert starts at 7.30pm.


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