"Songs full of charm"

(fRoots Radio Playlist Album Choice, Jan 2014)

[Watching Ghosts...and Other Songs]

 Songwriter / Musician New Zealand

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CD orders within New Zealand (email 2helendorothy@gmail.com)

  • Per album NZ$22 incl p&p in NZ

  • Both albums NZ$35 incl p&p in NZ

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 Watching Ghosts...and Other Songs (2013)

All songs written and produced by Helen Dorothy

'Watching Ghosts' a poem by Michael O'Leary

Pipes tune in 'Mrs Chippy & Harry McNish' based on

'The Stone Frigate' by Donald Carrigan

Recorded/engineered by

Robbie Duncan at Braeburn Recording Studio,

Wellington, New Zealand



Helen Dorothy

—Vocals, acoustic and resonator guitars, mandola, piano, accordion, chimes, glass, percussion


Richard Prowse—Double bass

Richard studied classical violin and composition, but his life-changing moment arrived when he heard his first live jazz big band in the early 1970s. He started playing bass guitar in 1975 and took his first tentative steps on double bass a year later...the rest is history!


Fiona Smythe—Violin

Fiona picked up her first violin at 6 years old, and it has been her soul mate ever since. Long abandoning the rigours of classical training, she now plays gypsy, pseudo-jazz, tango and European folk music, and has performed with the local Tandrom Trio, and Philomena in Prague.

With special guests


Kevin Clark—Flugelhorn

A nationally acclaimed musician, Kevin has twice been the recipient of the New Zealand Tui Music Award for Best Jazz Album.


Robbie Duncan—Kay guitar

A well-respected guitarist and recording engineer, Robbie has composed and produced some high-calibre dynamic instrumental albums.


Oscar West—Scottish smallpipes

Oscar is one-half of the talented multi-instrumentalist duo Polytropos, bringing new and exciting elements to traditional Celtic music.

All songs written by Helen Dorothy except

'Windy Nights': poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Recorded/engineered by

Robbie Duncan at Braeburn Recording Studio, Wellington, New Zealand


Produced by

Helen Dorothy with Robbie Duncan



Helen Dorothy

—Vocals, acoustic guitar, accordion

With guests


Richard Prowse—Double bass

Fiona Smythe—Violin 

Duncan Davidson—Mandolin, flute

Robbie Duncan—Kay guitar

Chris Price—percussion

 The Going Away (2009)

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