The Voices of Ge­of­frey

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

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.

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