A feast of po­etry, mu­sic

Kwinana Courier - - Look Local -

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.

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