Thursday 5 September 2019

Duke's Place with Ian Hamilton who presents Poems which became songs, Friday 11th October, 2019, 7.30 for 8pm start

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

Ian appeared at Dukes in 2014 as Narrator of The Ballad of the Heathcote Bushwhackers

Ian was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1947 and arrived in Australia with his family in 1961. His introduction to Australian poetry began with his first English class at Berkeley High School taught by Neil Morrison, a self-confessed enthusiast for Australian Poetry and song. Ian took part in a performance of Reedy River, directed by Neil in Dapto in 1965.
Working as a Director and Producer in Television for WINTV, Channel 9 Sydney, as a freelance producer and finally for 17 years at SBS Television, where he managed, on a voluntary basis, the SBS Youth Orchestra. He then went on for 7 years, to become the Director of a TAFE Institute (OTEN).

While he worked in many different roles over the years, Ian wrote many songs based on poetry (especially the poems of Henry Lawson). These were originally written for his personal pleasure but several were performed with the Loosely Woven group. During that time, he was asked by several poets to adapt poems to song.
Ian has no formal musical training and develops each song ‘in his head’ before using musical notation software to create a score playable by other musicians and accompanists. The tunes often evolve over time as he tries to amplify the meaning behind each poem.
In this performance he will focus on poems of Henry Lawson before a break. He will then present some ‘other poems’ written by more contemporary poets, several of which were transformed into song at the request of the poet.
Ian will accompany himself on Guitar for which he begs your indulgence since this is another musical area where he is self-taught.

Aims of the Bush Music Club, as given in the Editorial in Singabout 1(1) January 1956 -  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

Map of Addison Road Centre  Park in the carpark and follow the path on the right side of the big hall - the Hut is across the grass, decorated with dancers & musicians.

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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