Old faves come to life
A concert devoted to Celtic music will be held at the Growing Regional Arts in Nathalia Store later thismonth with the Nathalia Community Choir performing Fiddle and Song.
The brain child of well-known Picola musician Linden Lancaster, the performance will also feature special guests Melbourne folk/pop group Rare Child, fresh from its recent success at the Yarraville Festival.
Ms Lancaster along with her husband Cameron are well know in musical circles throughout the Goulburn Murray region with many years of community performances with Turaton, Numurkah singers, Nathalia Repertoire group and many others.
Fiddle and Song has been designed as a one-off performance that will explore a broad range of Celticmusic fromScotland, Ireland and Wales.
‘‘When I took over as choirmaster a couple of years ago, I was looking for something that would give the choir a focus; something that we could all work together to achieve,’’ Ms Lancaster said.
The program will include a wide variety of music, including standards like Sky Boat Song and Mull of Kintyre, but also lesser-known tunes.
‘‘My vision is to create new arrangements and breathe life into some of these old favourites, but I have discovered some of the lesswell-known ones hold a special meaning that I am really looking forward to sharing with our audience,’’ Ms Lancaster said.
As well as singing with the choir, Mr Lancaster will also host the evening as MC, providing an insight into the stories behind the songs.
‘‘Folk music of any kind is all about the story and we are hoping to give people a deeper insight into some of this material by providing some background or context before they listen,’’ he said.
G.R.A.I.N Store curator Ken Wong said the work the choir had done during the past two years to develop their knowledge and feel for Celtic music has resulted in a range of complex and beautiful harmonies that will be performed acappella or with Linden’s sensitive piano accompaniment or other instruments.
The evening will also feature Strathmerton singer Janelle Foote as a soloist.
Members of the Nathalia and District Choir in rehearsal for Drenen. Margaret Cobbledick, Heather Frostick, Kerry-Ann Rappell and Carolyn
Picture: Madeleine Keil.