Songwriters take regional storytelling on tour

Charlotte Le Lievre plays Trades Hall (Songs in the Round 2021)

A collection musicians based in rural and regional Australia, will be sharing songs about the joys and struggles of life outside the big cities.

Boneyard sessions will host its first of four upcoming shows tonight at Trades Hall in Broken Hill before touring to Wilcannia, Dubbo, and Bourke over the next week as part of the Boneyard Sessions Western NSW Tour.

Performing musician Charlotte Le Lievre said that the live show is an extension of an online channel created by Aimee Volkofsky that has been filming artists from regional and rural areas as a platform to share stories and songs online.

“We are now getting together to take that show on the road and bring that music directly into communities that don’t often get the experience of having live music.”

Ms Le Lievre said that there is a huge range of stories being told across all the songwriters ranging from mineral discovery, love of the river and connection to country, workers’ rights and healthy workplaces, and campfire magic and night-time skies.

“A lot of people in the collective are pretty prolific songwriters.”

“Each show will be themed around and take influence from one of the four elements; earth, air, fire and water.”

The first of the four shows will be launching tonight in Broken Hill. You can expect songs of minerals, Ore, unions, and all things earth to illuminate the history laden walls of the Broken Hill Trades Hall

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“One part of the Broken Hill story is its mining history, and the union history that is very connected with mining, as well as the costs that have come with that history”

Ms Le Lievre said the last show the group held at the Trades Hall brought the space to life through the music being performed.

“Through that show we were able to breathe life into a hall and venue that has been significant in Broken Hill’s history.”

“People were really excited to see it used for music again, I think people were really grateful to have that experience.”

“The union struggle was really important for Broken Hill to achieve basic rights for workers that were aimed at protecting people’s health and safety and I think that comes across in some of the music and songs,” she said.

“In Wilcannia, we will be focussing on water, we have the Black Shadows, Nancy Bates and Leroy Johnson and the Waterbag Band, these Barkandji storytellers have an incredible connection to the river, and the place of Wilcannia.”

You can Catch Charlotte Le Lievre, Jimmybay, Aimee Volkofsky, Mick Coates, My Dearest Dear, Leroy Johnson, and Nancy Bates, tonight, at Broken Hill’s Trades Hall: Tickets can be purchased @: www.trybooking.com/BXSZS

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