RIVER GUMS & MALLEE DUST TOUR! JUNE/JULY 2018

Seems very appropriate to call it that -because it will include both. 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 - This tour will take us onto a Riverboat in Mildura ! looking forward to that. June /July will be our visit and lots of highlights!

THE FAMOUS OLD ECHUCA WHARF ON THE MIGHTY MURRAY

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!

George & I on Emu Beach on Kangaroo Island! during our South Oz tour- -April 2nd- looking back on this photo now George has grown a lot! he was sooo tiny here he looks so small!