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Alanna and Alicia Album Launch – Songs I'm Singing With Me


Sat 2 Sep 2017, 8:00pm–11:30pm

Where: The Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $20.00
  • Reserved seating: $25.00
  • Dinner and show: $60.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: maudeesmail2

Alanna and Alicia are excited to be launching their brand new album, 'Songs I'm Singing with Me', accompanied by their beautiful band. The launch will be a celebration of Australian songwriting.

Alanna and Alicia will be supported by the wonderful, uniquely Australian singer songwriter, Michael Waugh, whose insightful storytelling and natural, heartfelt delivery cuts to the emotional heart of everyday life.

"His songs reverberate with reminiscences from rural Victoria sung in an accent as broad as the Murray-Darling Basin." - Tony Hillier, The Weekend Australian.

'Songs I'm Singing With Me' begins with a stranger knocking at the door of our Bendigo home in 1984. A man in a red beret, carrying a scuffed guitar case and a bottle of wine introduced himself as John Beavis, to the surprise of our parents, who'd seen him performing at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and had been singing his songs in folk clubs and coffee lounges for months. And so began a lifelong friendship.

John Beavis has a poet’s heart, a bird's eye, a wry smile, and a swinging, finger-picking guitar style. As children, we would fall asleep by the fire as he sang with our parents. The harmonies soaked into our bones. John showed us that through the craft of songwriting you could tell your own story, and that folk music didn't have to be written by Dylan or Joni. Once, he gave us a guitar, insisting he must pass the torch to a new generation of songwriters. We grew up on his songs. We grew into his songs. We’re still learning what they mean.

John’s songs were not as widely heard as deserved due to his ongoing battle with mental illness. But these songs would perhaps not be so delicate and insightful were it not for what John calls his 'tragic magic'. His songs are still some of the best we know. You won't find his music online or in record stores; we rescued his songs from an old warped cassette tape of a live recording from the '80s.
We have created our interpretations of John's songs. For some it will be a chance to remember, for others to discover. We began with these songs. We always return to these songs. These are the songs we’re singing with us.