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Bush Music Club - Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Southern Cross Trawlers
7.30-11.30pm, Friday 13th March, 2015, Tritton Hall, Hut 44 Addison Road Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

By Sandra Nixon
Posted Saturday, January 3, 2015

Southern Cross Trawlers is a combination of singers Margaret Walters and Don Brian, both long-time BMC members. The two share an interest in Australian traditional songs, especially those with a maritime content. They have pooled their talents for unaccompanied singing and for trawling through song books and elsewhere for unusual material.

Presentations as Southern Cross Trawlers:
"Trawling the Southern Oceans" considers the maritime history of the southern ocean from the convicts destined for the penal settlements at Port Arthur and the infamous Macquarie Harbour, attempts to escape, the perils of wild Bass Strait, shipwrecks, whaler men, sealers and intrepid explorers. Tasmania's history provides a wealth of enthralling stories that have been told in song and verse.

Besides concert performances of songs about convicts, bushranging, gold mining, and other traditional Australian bush songs, Don and Margaret draw on material they perform with the Forties - namely, Tolpuddle: the Australian Connection, Shellback Sheila: the working lives of sailors in verse and song by Cicely Fox Smith 1882-1954, Chanties from the Nimrod, Yarri of Wiradjuri.


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.


Door opens 7.30 for 8pm start. Session 10.00-11.30pm

BYO songs

Cost - $10

Bring something to drink & a plate for supper

Enquiries - Sandra 9358 4886

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Bush Music Club - Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Southern Cross Trawlers