Category Archives: Performance

Albany (WA) Shanty Festival – Easter 2020

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Rocking the Boat

40 Degrees South helped “Rock the Boat” on board the James Craig for the 2018 Christmas Party of the Sydney Heritage Fleet.

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Chris, Marg, Tom and Don laying it on the line at the Sydney Heritage Fleet Christmas Party

 

End of Year Folk Bash

Seasonal songs were the order of the day when the Forties sang at the Folk Federation of NSW’s annual variety End of Year Folk Bash held at the Gaelic Club in Surry Hills.  Black Joak Morris presented a Mummer’s Play – always the highlight of the Bash. The evening was complemented by some exuberant renditions of English Village Carols at the Shakespeare.

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NSW History Week

The theme of History Week in NSW was “Life and Death” and, together with The Museum’s own ‘pirate band’ The Mutineers, 40 Degrees South relished singing some of the more macabre songs in their repertoire.

Inner Circle RumPusser's RumThere were stories about Australian convict pirates and whaling ship disasters followed by rum (courtesy of Peg Leg Tavern) and sea biscuit (made by our own Sue Brian)!

The concert took place in the Conservation Building of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

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The Mutineers and the stripey shirted Forties

Devil Dodgin’ on the High Seas

The James Craig Music Club featured the Forties, with the theme: “Devil Dodgin’ on the High Seas” – songs that mix the sea and religion, often irreverently. We borrowed a young Dan Kenny for the evening in Tom’s absence, and brought down our average age considerably!

We are as likely to convert an audience to religion as we are to shave our bellies with a rusty razor, and we used to say “In fact, none of us know what a razor is!” and maybe that’s still true of Dan. I was tempted to dress him up as a choir boy.

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Click image for video of “Wreckers’ Prayer”. (Video: Sue Brian)