melodic music from the heart of Gippsland
a short bio..........
Over the years we have had a variety of original bands from duos to nine piece. To name a few, our big band Soul House played at the Esplanade Hotel St Kilda, the Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy, where we held a four year residency, Ruby Reds Melbourne where we held an eight year residency, live to air for ABC radio Melbourne, and played the Melbourne Festival. Our trio ‘I Acousticus’ played at the Apollo Bay Festival and the Eltham Festival and live on good morning Australia, channel ten. We performed ‘One C One’ concerts, and played many other venues. Our duo Little Oberon played at the Mossvale Music Festival, Quandamooka Festival Stradbroke Island, the International Bush Adventure Therapy conference Sydney, the Shearwater Festival, Phillip Island, the Working Horse Festival Churchill island. We have played regularly in our shire for events and at many local venues. Check out the music for events tab to find out more.
exerpt song descriptions from the album cover for Songs of land and sea
In the surf culture of the early 1970's there was a thing called the 'country soul movement'. It was closely aligned with the hippie counter culture of the time, and involved escaping the city to some coastal idyll and living close to the rhythms of nature and the ocean. It may, at its zenith, even involve chooks, vegetable growing, and living in tree houses. The movie 'Morning of the Earth' is a glorious time capsule of this period. There was certainly a beauty and naivety about it, but as with all impetuous youthful ventures it could also go horribly pear shaped. This song is a kind of generic story based on my memories of the time.
In the 1930's a guy called Daryl Tonkin bought 500 acres of Gippsland forrest and set up a slab hut and saw mill at Jacksons Track, near Jindivic in Victoria. He employed a couple of local Koories and they helped him carefully log and mill his beloved forest. Relatives came and stayed and in a few years a small village of bark huts housed the mixed remnants of dislocated tribes drifting in from missions Victoria wide. For them this informal family represented a chance to live free after years of incaseration and fragmentation. This association lasted till the mid 70's when the residents were forcably removed and fragmented once again. Quite a few high achievers emerged from this community, the most well known being world boxing champion Lional Rose.