The Voices of Geoffrey
Geoffrey Graham’s original two-hour show ‘Voices of War: An Anzac story’ was brilliantly delivered at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Monday night, April 23.
As a lead-up to 2018 Anzac Day, the 67-yearold unique Australian performer from Bendigo enthralled the 55 attendees about World War 1 life for the young Australian soldier.
Across The Arts Yarrawonga Mulwala organised the show which contained story lines throughout the 1914-18 war conflict, the determination, passionate, persistent and patriotic nature of Australian soldiers, and ‘tribal mateship’.
It also included the significant contributions of women, either as nurses alongside the injured soldiers or back home, knitting socks, other clothing and making gifts which were sent overseas to the soldiers.
Geoffrey W Graham of Dinkum Oz Entertainment signs off: ‘Funny, friendly & fair dinkum’ and that’s what he is.
“I found it moving at times, humorous and it had so many different aspects of the war,” arts president Maggie McCafferty told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“You really understood the futility of war. I’m sure everyone enjoyed Geoffrey’s performance.”
Launched in Tamworth in January 2015, his ‘Voices of War: An Anzac story’, contained many of Geoffrey’s talents. He combined his own verse with that of traditional poets Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, C J Dennis and John Macrae’s Flanders Fields, presented varying and easy-to-listen-to tones of voice, sang and played guitar, and produced appropriate sound and light effects.
Geoffrey again proved a smash hit in Yarrawonga Mulwala where he has entertained crowds starting back some 15 years ago, including one-man shows during the week-long National Bush Poet Championships Barb Macdermid snared from Winton in Queensland for four consecutive years.
It was a masterstroke of Barb’s when she was special tourism events co-ordinator as it also resulted in Geoffrey performing in our twin towns with the likes of Banjo in The Man from Ironbark and, now, Darcy in Voices of War: An Anzac story.
“The man is such a talent,” Barb said. “He presents in such a respectful way.”
Geoffrey engaged the audience beautifully. “It’s wonderful to be back because there are so many nice people in Yarrawonga Mulwala,” he said.
“There are great people from the arts council family. I thank John Tresize (former tourism president) who mentioned my name a few months ago to the arts council. The golf club here is a great venue.”
Following Geoffrey’s performance, Liz Seeliger from Across The Arts Yarrawonga Mulwala presented the star of the show with a gift and told the recipient: “That was wonderful.”
Geoffrey Graham, centre stage, with, from left, Christine Douglas, Maddie Warner, Maggie McCafferty, Liz Seeliger, Vivian Spilva and Jenny Orr.