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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. “