24 February 2015 Surviving the Trenches

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Veteran actor Max Cullen and writer Warren Fahey will bring the songs and humour of life in the trenches during WWI to life in a very special performance at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library on March 11 at 6pm.

Music has always played a role in the armed forces. In WWI, Diggers were recruited through songs, trained in army camps to the sound of the bugle and marched off to war to the music of military bands and parodies of popular songs like ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘Goodbye-ee’.


Songs and ditties were also a vital part of surviving the horrors of the front line trenches.


Warren Fahey (AM) has been collecting Australian folklore for nearly 50 years including the definitive collection of our military song tradition.


For this performance, he is joined by the distinguished actor Max Cullen in a show they call ‘Diggers Songs, Stories and Humour’. The one-hour concert is also accompanied by a series of rare archival images of Australians in WW1.


Many of the tunes will be instantly recognisable to the audience and some of the parody words might well surprise.


The show – which has been performed at the State Library of NSW and libraries across Australia - is a fascinating insight into Australians at war.


Tickets are $10 per person. To book your seat, call 02 6648 4900, or email library.bookings@chcc.nsw.gov.au or book online at http://libraries.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au