Saturday August 30: Andrew Robson's Child Ballads
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Live at the Village presents

Andrew Robson’s “The Child Ballads”

Saturday 30 August - 8.00pm 

Presbyterian Hall, 160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood, NSW


Tickets:  $35/$25 concession

From the Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood

or phone the Shop 4751 5171


In keeping with their aim of featuring new Australian composition, the Live at the Village August 30th concert is the world premiere of “The Child Ballads”, by Andrew Robson.   Andrew brings to life English and Scottish folk songs, for which only the text has survived through the famous 19th century collection of Francis Child. 

This all star ensemble featuring Mara Kiek (voice and drum), Steve Elphick (double bass) Llew Kiek (guitar and bouzouki), and Robson himself (saxophones) has a long history of playing together in the Mara! ensemble, melding folk music with contemporary jazz.

Andrew Robson, described as “one of Australia’s most vital saxophonists” by John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald, is well known for his work with Australian jazz greats Mike Nock, James Morrison, Sandy Evans group, Paul Grabowsky sextet, the Australian Art Orchestra, to name but a few.

A prelude to The Child Ballads is a duo performance by Paul Cutlan and Gary Daley whose musical connection has strengthened in the past two years as they have played together in Gary’s quartet Bungarribee and also with James Greening’s acclaimed ensemble “Greening from Ear to Ear.”  The  musical kindred spirits are driven to discover musical treasure through improvisation and interaction.  On August 30 they will be reimaging some jazz classics and other music from around the world.

"The Child Ballads" is scheduled for one only performance – for Live at the Village, Springwood.  This unique opportunity to hear new work by an acclaimed Australian musician is also the final of three recent composition projects by Andrew Robson.  In July he presented a lecture at the University of Cambridge on his previous work “A Day at the Fair” based on folksongs collected by Percy Grainger.  The triptych forms part of his work for a PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium.




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