We are heading to the gorgeous village of Cobargo on the Southern Coast of NSW to present “Voyage” at the Cobargo Folk Festival. We hope that you can join us. There’s a stellar line-up, a promise of good weather and a friendly festival, what more could you ask? See you there.
We’re really excited to be a part of this year’s Healesville Music Festival. Check out their website for a list of great acts. We will be appearing on Saturday 17th November at 10.45am at the Uniting Church Hall – best brunch before you come or hold off until afterward as we can’t promise you won’t be seasick when we play “Oh, The Sea”. (Click to hear the song).
Photo by David Wayman
We’re looking forward to Spring 2018. Helen has started writing the much anticipated songs for Part 2 of “Voyage” and we have lots of lovely shows coming up. We kick off our spring dates at The Produce Store in Mansfield on Friday 28th September. See our gig page for more details.
It’s only a week to go to our Melbourne Launch shows. We’re very excited. We’d like to send a big thank you to all the community radio stations who have had us into the studio to chat about “Voyage”. Where would independent artists be without the brilliant Melbourne community radio stations? Big thanks to the following presenters and programs:
Glen Morrow and Susi Lanergan from What the Folk on 3PBS
The Good Girl Song Project presents ‘Voyage’ a universal journey story with female leads, Australian history and new Australian song writing. The action takes place on the pier at Gravesend and shipboard between England and Sydney. Three women experience the colonial migration process and life aboard an emigrant ship.
The songs are perfectly rendered in the Australian Folk idiom with echoes to folk music of Ireland and Britain using concertina(Jamie Molloy), fiddles(Carmen O’Brien and Sally Taylor), whistle(Penelope Swales), standard and celtic style guitars(Helen Begley) and bodhran( Michael Gribben). The main vocalist, Penny Larkins draws listeners into the stories of leaving in “Father Oh Father, the wistful dreams of “Poor Girl’s Dream” and “The Good Girl” and the lighter moments of these women’s journey in “Saucy Song Sung by Loose Women”.
Supporting vocalists also get their turn to shine. Penelope Swales takes a turn as Elizabeth Wade, leading the listener through the story of a troubled life and a nudge and a wink to Elizabeth’s saucy survival tactics. Helen Begley’s deeper voice lends itself to the edgier “Lifeboat” and the instrospective, “Overboard”, a ballad of a dead young woman drifting to the bottom of the ocean. The men are represented by Mick Gribben’s lead vocal on the unaccompanied gentle tease “Sailor’s Song”.
“Helen’s songs are gritty, evocative and pull no punches. Jamie and Penelope contribute beautifully to the music on concertina and whistle and Penny and Penelope breathe life and warmth into the characters. So great to see and hear one of the little known stories of the role women played in building modern Australia.”
“……beautiful performance, powerful and moving work”
“I’m listening to the CD and really enjoying it. Thank you Helen Begley for sending it to me. An amazing album. “