RIVER GUMS & MALLEE DUST TOUR!
Seems very appropriate to call it that -because it will include both. Growing up in the Mallee was certainly memorable-my Grandparents pioneered the Murray Valley region in the 1900s . Lived at Tyntynder Homestead for some years- and Grandad Hungerford at one time owned a vast amount of country between Tyntynder & Piangil all along the Murray. So much history there & my album (River Gums & Mallee Dust) certainly brings it all back to me in the songs! The old Paddlewheelers still are exciting to me -and I hope to have a close encounter with at least one during this tour. I was born in Swan Hill- spent my childhood beside the Murray and finally my music career began on the Riverboat restaurant - The Gem in Swan Hill. So it is an emotional bond that will never leave me - the album says it all and I will surely be singing some of those early songs ,they really come to life down in that Riverland and along the Murray Valley. THIS IS ACTUALLY THE DARLING RIVER! - from my song Drifting Down The Darling.
GOING BACK TO THE MURRAY RIVER !
It is all in one of my songs-Murray River Blues- (this place where I was born ,I didn't choose) we could all say that, but the old Murray river is the thing I miss about Victoria! I grew up with it- swam in it- wrote songs about it! and I am still fascinated by her after all these years! So looking forward to spending time among those big Red River gums !
A BIG YEAR AHEAD!
You will be pleased to know George now has his own doggie door- he loves it-goes in & out all day long! Looking forward to getting back on the road- George loves travelling! and a big touring schedule- not a heavy one-nicely spaced-but still touring! Writing lots of new songs- for various artists- and always exciting to hear them come together. I love that other people appreciate my songs-makes me feel very humble indeed. We have just had wonderful rain-so much needed- it was very dry- lets hope it greens up & we get more during the summer! Some of you are experiancing floods-some severe drought- some bush fires-and even snow ! what a crazy climate we have. Bony Mountain Festival-our new committee is putting on a Jumpers & Jazz event in July- a one day event- Magic Lantern Festival- with Jazz & Celtic Drums & dance at night! go to -www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com for more detail. Also this Friday a Landcare day here-to have a discussion about our Koala population-our wildlife & how we can protect them here at Bony Mountain. Our Koala family have increased as well as our birdlife- go to- www.bonymountainlandcare.com
So much to do-if I live to be 100 I will never achieve it all- but I am hoping to put everything in place for my kids-Grandkids- so they can all enjoy a wonderful environment in their lifetime. And take pleasure in seeing our Koala's and our beautiful Birds !
New Generation of Koala's at Bony Mountain!
The Celtic Connection and our family history.
It surely is a strong one! my Mothers family were The Hungerfords, a very influencial family in British History. Much to my surprise ! our illustrious ancestors built a Castle known as (Farleigh Hungerford Castle) back in 1370 .Sir Thomas Hungerford built this medieval Castle & its a long story but they lived there for over 600 years off and on. ! Some of them fought with the Kings at the battle of Argincourt, some of them followed Cromwell & met their demise! Sir Thomas was the very first speaker of the house of commons in the British Parliment! It is a very colourful & well documented history. It is described as the most significant Medieval Castle in England as it is at Somerset ,the actual family crypt contains the marble effigys of the two Original Hungerfords! And I do intend to research it well & put a lot of it into songs & poetry. Another big project! but one I will relish!