A feast of poetry, music
MUSICIANS are bringing the evocative 20th century verse of a Hills poet to another generation at a one-off concert in Kalamunda.
The event is part of a tribute tour by Dingo’s Breakfast to remember Jack Sorensen, who penned his life experiences in prose after growing up on a family orchard in Maida Vale.
Musician-poet Roger Montgomery worked on the “almost forgotten” poems with fellow musos to create a musical interpretation of the late poet’s work for folk festivals around Australia.
“Sorensen has an intriguing story because he travelled the state at one of the most exciting times during the gold rush, and wherever he went he inspired confidence and respect,” he said.
Montgomery discovered Sorensen during a residency in Kalamunda where he met his family and friends, and where he determined to keep the poet’s expressive words ‘alive’.
“He had a knack for the bush ballad and through his words, you sense his love of country and people… I think he had a kindly eye for human failures.”
In a review of Sorensen’s work, author-historian Dame Mary Durack voiced her admiration for his sometimes whimsical and always musical verse.
“None who encountered him could have been unaware of his poetry, for it flowed from him at all times as a natural and spontaneous reaction to the varied circumstances in which he found himself.”
The performance will feature songs from the band’s CD Weaver of Dreams – the words inscribed on Sorensen’s gravestone at Guildford Cemetery.
The Jack Sorensen tribute by Dingo’s Breakfast is at 7.30pm on August 26 at the Kalamunda RSL Club. Tickets on 0409 680 475 or 0409 007 637.
Dingo’s Breakfast musicians and (right) poet Jack Sorensen.