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We are excited to be taking Voyage to New Zealand this month.  We will be performing at the Globe Theatre in Palmerston North on 24th October.  On the 25th October, we will be running a song writing workshop in the morning before heading off to the Wellington Folk Festival in Wellington for the weekend. We’ll be taking our CD’s and copies of Dr Liz Rushen’s book for the fine folk in NZ.

Seeya there!


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 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:

Katie Purvis from Miss Chatelaine on JOYFM

Valerie Farfallo and Trish Posterino from Arts Express on 3CR

Aine McCallister from The Celtic Folk Show on 3CR

Jules Vines from Classically Saturday on 3MDR

Glen Morrow and Susi Lanergan from What the Folk on 3PBS

Jane Brownrigg from Music Matters on 3CR

Tim Thorpe from Vital Bits on 3RRR

Anne Creber from The Good Life on 3MDR

Voyage – Now available to buy online

To purchase album go to Shop

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”.

Some Reviews:

“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. “