Here is an account of the stories told, written by Jenni Cargill-Strong:
On Friday, August 8, we told stories between musical acts. The audience were so warm, receptive and wonderful that we were all jumping out of our skin with brilliance- if I don’t say so myself! Teeya Blatt, looking exotic and graceful, told the frame story from Sherehezade, John Imbrogno playfully told the Irish fable “Luckless One”, Annie Bryant sang and told her exquisite rendition of the Celtic Love Story of ‘Belena’ and Bere, with great mana, told of his amazing experience in Hawaii of a brush with his ancestors! Jenni Cargill-Strong told “The Woman who Would Not Tell Her Story”, giving the context of the time she told it at the Bentley blockade and finished with an adult version of ”The Mulberry Tree”, which includes a lotus birth and a salty placenta that is not in the kids version. Byron Circle members, Catherine Frederick, Lynne Preston and Susan Perrow with her hubby John, plus Annie’s parents all came along to lend us support.
The team who run Tintenbar Upfront are just amazing. Pete is such a warm, generous MC that he brings out the best in everyone. We all decided it is- without doubt- the best place to perform anything- story or music!
You can read more of Jenni's blog here.
In addition to the telling tales, were terrific tunes.
Mystica, an a cappella chorus from Byron Shire gave us 4 delightful tunes, including The Beatles "Here Comes The Sun" and a pagan celebration of life. Sung with obvious enjoyment and relish the audience could not help but be captivated.
Bronny and the Bishops, satirical pranksters, took on a country flavour to their offering, sending up the government's woes with a parody of King of the Road: "Budget for sale or rent, can't seem to sell it though the money's spent...". Then followed a farcical suggestion for another policy direction from the US: the right to bear arms. They concluded with a focus on Mr Hockey with "Joe Leaner, Joe Leaner, Joe Leaner, Joe Lean, We are warning you don't take our cash." Lots of fun.
Regular Lee Kingston again moved us with personal songs about her loved ones (including her horse!) beautifully sung and with guitar accompaniment that ebbed and flowed with the emotion of the songs. The evening was well rounded off by Michael Brown and Ross Francis. Michael began alone, reciting his own poems. Especially moving was one about his visit to The Somme, which he visited with his family, but didn't understand why until after he'd been.
Then he sang a beautiful original song, assisted on guitar by Ross. Ross concluded with one of his own, picking out the tune of the song while he sang it (quite a difficult thing to do). Superb stuff from both these performers.
There are pictures of the evening in the gallery.