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The Good Girl Song Project @ Humph Hall
April 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$15 – $25
In The Good Girl Song Project, Penny Larkins (vocals), Helen Begley (guitars and vocals) Jamie Molloy (concertina and vocals) and Penelope Swales (whistles and vocals), present a powerful account of a voyage that thousands of brave young women voluntarily took to Australia in the 1830’s. Based on the academic work of Liz Rushen, the story takes the audience on a voyage from Gravesend to Sydney where they are introduced to the immigration experience through the eyes of immigrant women.
The piece comprises a theatrical folk song cycle written by Helen and spoken word and action devised from eyewitness accounts. Penny appears as the lead voice of these ancestral female emigrants who remind us of the risky journeys women have taken to arrive in Australia from the centuries to the present day.
Written by Helen Begley and based on the academic writings of Liz Rushen and others, this is a show that speaks to the unknown history of Australian women. The script quotes directly from eyewitness accounts of the voyages and the songs capture the humor and poignancy of everyday life on board the ship.
In 2017, The Good Girl Song Project produced the audio CD, “Voyage”. Recorded at Sing Sing in Melbourne and engineered and co-produced by Lachlan Wooden, the recording will be officially launched and toured in 2018 alongside the show.
‘Voyage” has been presented at many festivals including the National Celtic Festival 2015 and 2017 Nanga Music festival in WA, Maldon Folk Festival 2015 and 2017, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, and Illawarra Music Festival 2017, Tablelands Folk Festival in Yungaburra QLD, Majors Creek and Woodford in 2017.
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