14th Nov, 2018

Criminal women, convict men - Bush Gothic to play Feckenham gig

Correspondent 7th Nov, 2018

FLYING in from Melbourne in Australia for a very short tour of the UK are Aussie band Bush Gothic – and they are appearing at Feckenham Village Hall on Sunday, November 18.

Rattled by the bones of felons and steeped in campfire smoke, this outstanding Australian bush trio performs riveting songs from the era of criminal women and convict men, treachery and transportation.

Started in 2009 with a series of urban bush band sessions – gigs where every week a new crop of musicians would join Jenny’s ‘bush band’ and improvise through a playlist of traditional Australian songs – the band played its first gig as a live-to-air broadcast on Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National’s ‘The Music Show’.

The Guardian described fiddle-singer and band leader Jenny M. Thomas as an ‘edgy rising folk star’, The Unthanks invited them to perform at their own festival and together with double bassist Dan Witton and drummer Chris Lewis they toured the UK and Ireland in 2016 and 2017 with sold out concerts in London.

Concertgoers will also have the chance to enjoy some bush tucket along with Aussie drinks from the bar.

It promises to be a Sunday evening with a difference.

Bush Gothic, Feckenham Village Hall, Saturday, 21st April – curtain up 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm and there’s a licensed bar.

Tickets are £11 from the Village Shop and The Rose & Crown in Feckenham or book online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/feckenham or call 0333 666 3366.

The show has been brought to Redditch’s rural outpost by Shindig – the county’s performing arts scheme – bringing Live Arts to your doorstep.

The performance is sponsored by Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council and Redditch Borough Council.

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