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.
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 email@example.com or book online at http://libraries.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au