Bush Gothic with The Lonely String Quartet



‘Mesmerising…utterly riveting. Australian folk at its finest.’ Rip It Up Magazine

Favourites of the U.K. art-folk scene where they were given a 5-Star review in BBC Music Magazine, this post-modern bush band re-imagine trad Australian folk music until the unfashionable is transformed into rebellious beauty. This most daring of bands will turn your expectations about trad music upside down, performing defiantly modern, yet achingly old songs of criminal women and desperate men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold.

The Guardian described fiddle-singer and band leader Jenny M. Thomas as an ‘Edgy rising folk star’ and together with double bassist Dan Witton and drummer Chris Lewis they present a concert with The Lonely String Quartet, an ensemble consisting of some of Australia’s premier string players.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Bush Gothic and The Lonely String Quartet


Zoe Black violin
Sarah Curro violin
Jason Bunn viola
Rachel Johnston cello
Dan Witton double-bass vocals
Jenny M. Thomas piano/fiddle-singing/spoons
Chris Lewis percussion/drumkit/vocals


Jenny M Thomas, Traditional
Botany Bay
Waltzing Matilda
Jim Jones
A Convict Maid
Here’s Adieu to All Judges and Juries
Streets of Forbes
16,000 Miles Away
True Blue
Read About It

Eric Bogle
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Jenny M Thomas, Dan Sheahan, Gordon Parsons
Pub With No Beer

Jenny M Thomas, Traditional
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Bush Gothic’s interpretations of classic Australian folk songs sear with power and truth….Australia’s own Bush Gothic is incomparable.