The Festival of a thousand stories begins next week. We hope to see you at some of the events, especially our very special late addition to the Festival – Looking for Lawson.
One year ago, John Thorn came to Bourke on a journey retracing the steps of the poet Henry Lawson.
This Tuesday, the award-winning composer and musical director returns with the world premiere of his new show – Looking for Lawson.
John visited Bourke in September last year on a road trip with his father Tim and other members of the Melbourne Savage Club.
Knowing very little about the great writer, but with events planned along the way John thought he could offer his skills as a professional composer and set a few of Lawson’s poems to music.
He premiered one at Diggers On The Darling during the Festival of a Thousand Stories last September and returned to Melbourne with a desire to continue the quest.
Less than a year later John returns to Bourke to sing original settings of 16 of Lawson’s best loved poems with narration and excerpts of his life and prose supplied by the legendary David McCubbin.
John’s musical settings have already generated great acclaim and the show has more bookings following the Festival of a Thousand Stories premiere at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and in Deniliquin.
Poems to feature in the show include Andy’s Gone With Cattle, Faces In The Street, When Your Pants Begin To Go and When The Army Prays For Watty (written about the publican of the Carrier Arms Hotel in Bourke).
John Thorn has accompanied many of Australia’s finest performers around the country and overseas. He has written four musicals and hundreds of songs for cabaret shows and events.
Looking for Lawson is a free event as part of the Festival of a Thousand Stories and will be performed in the Port of Bourke Hotel dining room 7.30pm on Tuesday.
Dinner with TED returns to Bourke this Wednesday as part of the Festival line-up. I hope to see our regulars as well as plenty of new faces!