Death, Love and Trouble

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Favourites of the U.K. art-folk scene where they were given a five-star review in BBC Music Magazine, Bush Gothic takes traditional folk music and catapults it into the 21st century.

The Guardian (U.K.) described fiddle-singer and band leader Jenny M. Thomas as an ‘edgy rising folk star’. Together with double bassist Dan Witton, drummer Chris Lewis and The Lonely String Quartet, she brings Australia’s past to a stunning reckoning, skewing preconceptions of its heroes and villains, and bringing new voices into the spotlight.

This most daring of bands will turn your expectations upside down, reworking old stories from an era of desperation, crime and gold into ravishing modern songs.

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

PROGRAM

Traditional/Jenny M Thomas
Botany Bay (Post Modern Gippsland version)
Wild Colonial Boy (Inner-city Melbourne version)
Andys Gone With Cattle (Lawson arr J.Thomas)
Here’s Adieu To All Judges and Juries
London Convict Maid
Female Transport (Also known as ‘The Sad and Sorry Tale of Sarah Collins)
Jim Jones
Pub With No Beer (Gordon Parsons, Radical re-arrangement by J.Thomas)
Anti-Establishment Waltzing Matilda (Lawson arr. J. Thomas)

ARTISTS

Bush Gothic
Jennifer Thomas violin/piano/vocals
Dan Witton double bass/vocals
Chris Lewis drum kit/vocals

The Lonely String Quartet
Sarah Curro violin
Zoe Black violin
Jason Bunn viola
Rachel Johnston cello

Venue