Bush poet’s for­got­ten words given a mu­si­cal re­vival.

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MU­SI­CIANS are bring­ing the evoca­tive 19th cen­tury verse of a Hills poet to an­other gen­er­a­tion at a one-off con­cert in Kala­munda.

The Au­gust 26 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 ords 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,” he said.

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,” she said.

Sorensen had a vast ex­pe­ri­ence to draw from and his back­ground ex­tended to life as a shearer, a sol­dier and a war poet.

He taught him­self to box at an early age and be­came a WA wel­ter­weight cham­pion, which proved a use­ful at­tribute to have in the blokey en­vi­ron­ment of his times and the rea­son for his la­bel as ‘the fight­ing poet’.

Af­ter the war, ‘black dog’ sadly over­shad­owed his life and he died in mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances at the age of 41.

The per­for­mance is at Kala­munda RSL Club at 7.30pm on Au­gust 26. Tick­ets are $15 for adults and free for chil­dren un­der-16; call 0409 680 475.

Dingo’s Break­fast Bruce Boyd, Jack Sorensen and John Angliss, and (right) Jack Sorensen.

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