The Good Girl Song Project presents ‘Voyage’. A universal journey story cast anew with three female leads, Australian history and new Australian song writing. In this “must see” show, four of Australia’s leading folk musicians present a powerful account of a voyage that thousands of brave young women voluntarily took to Australia in the 1830’s.
The show takes place on the pier at Gravesend and shipboard between England and Sydney. Three young women, played by Penny Larkins (Vocals), Helen Begley(guitars and vocals), and Penelope Swales (whistles and vocals), a committee member and a sailor, played by Jamie Molloy (concertina and vocals), are pushed through the colonial migration process and the experience of life aboard an emigrant ship.
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 Yackandandah Folk Festival 2018, Woodford Folk Festival 2017/18, the National Celtic Festival VIC 2015 and 2017, Majors Creek Folk Festival NSW 2017, Maldon Folk Festival VIC 2017 & 2015, Nanga Music festival WA, , Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival NSW, Cygnet Folk Festival NSW, and Illawarra Music Festival NSW 2017, and Tablelands Folk Festival in Yungaburra QLD 2017.