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House concert with The Spirals
2pm Sunday 12th Feb 2006

By Margaret Bradford
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Spirals (Ben & Britt) - A young enthusiastic, extremely talented duo who have produced a CD which fills a much-needed gap in Australian Folk Music. In verse and song they re-tell the stories of the various stages of Australia's history, including some quaintly revealing stories about the first few years of European settlement-a time so monumental in the history of this land and its people, so tragic and also so rich with memorable personalities . . . they sing of Bennelong, Ralph Clarke, Pategorang, William Dawes, Pemulwy, Watkin Tench etc. all thoroughly researched and presented in a delightfully entertaining style.

Inspiring stuff this! That a young artist such as Ben Scott can take the time and effort to produce a completely original collection of songs about early settlement of Australia, so accurately and skilfully portrayed on the CD, "The Sydney Cove" project. As Ben says on his insert which gives comprehensive background to the stories in song, there aren't many works which cover the first few years of settlement, years that were so crucial in shaping the future of Australia.

Not only has Ben chosen to research first hand material as taken from the works of Tim Flannery's The Birth of Sydney, Inga Clendinnen's "Dancing with Strangers and Watkin Tench's, A Narrative of the Expedition of Botany Bay, but he has presented it in an entirely entertaining way, filling a real gap in Australian Folk Music.

To book, ring (02) 9520 6180

Donation: $15/$12 (afternoon tea included)

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