Tuesday 8 January 2019

Dukes Place - Australian Songs in Concert & Session - Norfolk Island ReCollected with Don Brian & friends - Friday 8th March 2018, 7.30 for 8pm

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Photo - Sue Brian
Don and Sue Brian with Pete and Sue McMahon present THE CONVICT VOICE, a musical and pictorial production.
The clanking of chain and the moans on the triangles were not the only sound tracks to the life of convicts. Poetry, song, theatre and dance music provided an often unrecognised layer to their aural experience.
Through their research on the convict settlements on Norfolk Island, ReCollected, Don and Sue Brian, came to realize that, although conditions were at times severe, the historical presentation this brutality has overshadowed much of the social history of convict settlements and the voice of the convicts.
Don and Sue trawled historical diaries, journals and newspapers, unearthing six previously unrecorded songs and poems written by Norfolk Island convicts during the colonial settlements (1788-1856). These present new perspectives on our colonial history.
With the instrumental and technical support of Sue and Pete McMahon, Don has produced a unique CD of these songs also including some less commonly known songs from, and about, the New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land convict eras.

The Convict Voice - CD by Don Brian, launched at Bush Traditions Gathering, Yass, October 2018

Bush Music Club  
Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Road, Marrickville

from the Editorial in Singabout 1(1) 1956 -  aims of the Bush Music Club - to popularise Australian folk song and to encourage the composition of a new kind of song - one that is traditional in style but contemporary in theme.

Duke's Place, 2nd Fridays February to December, 7.30 for 8pm start - concert is followed by a session.
$10, BYOG and a contribution for supper  

enquiries Sandra 9358 4886 
www.bushmusic.org.au         http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/
Map here  https://addiroad.org.au/about-us/contact-us/ - Hut 44 is to the left of the Gumbramorra Green. 

Duke's Place, named after our honoured early member Harold 'Duke' Tritton (1886-1965), is the place to go once a month for a great night of Australian songs in concert and session. Duke was a powerful singer who supplied BMC with many songs he had learnt in his younger days while working as a shearer and at other bush jobs. He was also a songwriter and poet giving us songs that have entered the tradition such as Sandy Hollow Line and Shearing in the Bar.


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