Old faves come to life

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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.

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