In­sight­ful mu­si­cans pro­vide Drouin treat

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Mu­sic fans are in for a treat when home grown tal­ent Todd Cook joins one of Aus­tralia’s finest song­writ­ers Neil Mur­ray at the iconic Old Drouin But­ter Fac­tory on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

Todd Cook, orig­i­nally from Athlone, com­bines in­tri­cate folk/fin­ger pick­ing gui­tar with pas­sion­ate singing, Ir­ish Bouzouki and didgeri­doo to por­tray vast land­scapes and vivid sto­ry­telling.

Todd has cre­ated a new EP, “The Silent Boat”, to cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of the first Aus­tralian cricket team – also the first in­ter­na­tional sport­ing team – to tour Eng­land in 1868.

His mu­sic con­veys this epic and rel­a­tively un­told part of Aus­tralian his­tory.

The team, pre­dom­i­nately made up of in­dige­nous play­ers from Western Vic­to­ria, dis­played out­stand­ing sports­man­ship and skill. Todd de­scribed their story as “a bea­con of hope in a dark page of Aus­tralian his­tory”.

Todd has per­formed across Aus­tralia and overseas, re­ceiv­ing rave re­views at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val. All of his pre­vi­ous re­leases – “So Long”, “Hunt­ing Ground” and “Bril­liant Green” - have had wide air­play na­tion­ally on Triple J and in­ter­na­tion­ally through Cross Blues (France) and Vi­lafant (Spain).

Todd said the Old Drouin But­ter Fac­tory holds a spe­cial place, hav­ing re­leased all his CDs at the venue.

Todd will be joined at the Drouin gig by Neil Mur­ray and says, “I guess he has been a bit of a hero of mine”.

Named 2017 Port Fairy Folk Fes­ti­val Artist of the Year, Neil Mur­ray is an orig­i­nal and re­spected singer/song­writer. Hav­ing en­joyed a solo ca­reer since 1989, he is de­scribed as singing “from the heart of the coun­try”.

Neil first emerged in the early 1980s as a found­ing mem­ber of the ground-break­ing “Warumpi Band” which helped bring con­tem­po­rary in­dige­nous mu­sic to be heard in main­stream Aus­tralia.

In 1995, he re­ceived the APRA Song of the Year Award for his com­po­si­tion “My Is­land Home”, orig­i­nally writ­ten for the “Warumpi Band” and later recorded by Chris­tine Anu.

Hav­ing fea­tured at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Syd­ney 2000 Olympics, “My Is­land Home” was named 25th on APRA’s list of the top 30 Aus­tralian songs.

“Black­fella White­fella”, “Good Light in Broome”, “Na­tive Born” and “Bur­rum­beep Hill” are just some of the iconic songs Neil Mur­ray has penned. His songs have been recorded by Mary Black, Jimmy Lit­tle, Missy Hig­gins, Chris­tine Anu, Peter De­nahy, Amy Saun­ders and Pow­derfin­ger.

Tick­ets are $25 per per­son with doors open­ing at 7pm.

For book­ings, visit try­book­ing.com/VSWR or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, email info@tod­d­cook.com.au.

Left: Todd Cook, orig­i­nally from Athlone, has cre­ated a new EP to cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of an epic tour of Eng­land by the first Aus­tralian cricket team. Todd will ap­pear at the Old Drouin But­ter Fac­tory along­side Neil Mur­ray next week­end.

Singer/song­writer Neil Mur­ray won APRA Song of the Year Award for com­po­si­tion “My Is­land Home” which was later recorded by Chris­tine Anu and named 25th on a list of top 30 Aus­tralian songs. Neil will ap­pear at the Old Drouin But­ter Fac­tory on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

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