History brought to life

May 17, 2017

Entertaining: Bush Gothic will showcase stories of Australian history on Friday night at the Italian Social Club.

The colourful gems of Australia’s often dark history will be in the spotlight when Moira Arts and Culture presents Bush Gothic at the Italian Social Club on Friday evening as part of the returning Café Culture Series.

Stories of criminal women and convict men, treachery and transportation will be dragged out of the songbooks as a reminder that our history never leaves us.

The Melbourne-based trio Bush Gothic, fresh from a successful United Kingdom tour, will reveal some of Australia’s stranger folk history through musically inventive arrangements.

The distinctly Australian-flavoured talent has been described as ‘bold, inspired and beautiful in its intensity’ and promises to deliver a captivating account of many an era gone by.

Band leader Jenny Thomas, winner of the prestigious Golden Fiddle Award, is known as an edgy rising folk star and has created hauntingly beautiful arrangements of Australian songs that re-tell the tales from an era of transportation, adventure and gold.

Together with double bassist Dan Witton and drummer Chris Lewis, they form the most daring of Australian bush bands.

Defiantly modern and yet achingly old, their music is rattled by the bones of convicts and steeped in deep reflection.

The trio has received much acclaim with a growing number of awards to its name, including Folkroots Runner-Up Album of the Year 2016, five stars in BBC Music Magazine and most recently Best of the Fringe Music Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017.

Moira Arts and Culture presents the show in collaboration with Just Shows To Go, which is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Ticket prices are $35 or $30 for Moira Arts and Culture members.

●Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phoning 0488 370 521 or by going to:

●For more information on Moira Arts and Culture’s upcoming events, go to:

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