The Natural Selection Australian Songbook

by Bush Gothic

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    Artfully presented album with old world gilt lettering and lyric booklet. Design by Dan Witton, original photography by Peter Tarasuik.

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Defiantly modern, achingly old, Bush Gothic sing and play what they like - there is no schism between classical and contemporary music and there is no hesitation in using Australian folk songs for artistic and cultural exploration. A collection of popular Australian folk songs, The Natural Selection Australian Songbook embraces the oldest of stories and caresses the most mournful of tales as Bush Gothic re-imagine songs of heartbreak and tragedy amongst convicts, desperate miners and criminal women. This album revels in the challenge of taking the unfashionable and making it beautiful again.

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released December 1, 2015

Jenny M. Thomas: vocal, piano, viola, violin
Dan Witton: double bass, backing vocal
Chris Lewis: drumkit, banjo-mandolin, backing vocal
The Lonely String Quartet
Rachel Johnston: cello
Jason Bunn: viola
Edward Antinov: violin
Sarah Curro: violin
Recorded at Newmarket Studios Melbourne 2015 by Dave McLuney
Mixing Engineer, Roy John at Crackle Studios
Mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Mosse Mastering
Produced by Roy John and Jenny M. Thomas

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Bush Gothic Melbourne, Australia

Stranger, Darker folk. Brand new album 'The Natural Selection Australian Songbook': 'Genius' -Lucky Oceans. 'A beautiful album, quite unique' - The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio National. Defiantly modern, achingly old, Bush Gothic re-imagine songs of heartbreak and tragedy amongst convicts, desperate miners and criminal women. ... more

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Track Name: Botany Bay
If I had wings
If I had wings
I'd fly to my honey love
I'd fly to my honey love
And in her arms
And in her arms
And in her arms I'd die
And in her arms I'd die

chorus
Singing Toora-li Oora-li addidy
Oora-li

So take warning
Or you'll join me
You'll join me in Botany Bay
Or you'll join me in Botany Bay

chorus

Now all you young dukies and duchessess
Take warning from what I do say
And mind all as your own as your touchesses
Or you'll join me in Botany Bay
Track Name: Here's Adieu To All Judges and Juries
Here's adieu to all judges and juries
Justice and Old Bailey too
Seven years you've transported my true love
Seven years he's transported you know

How harsh is his place of confinement
That keeps him from his hearts delight
Cold irons and chains all around him
And a plank for his pillow at night

At night

If I had the wings of an eagle
I'd soar on my pinions so high
Slap bang to the arms of my Polly
Of my Polly
And in her soft bosom I'd lie

If e'er I returned from the ocean
It's scores of great riches I'll bring
And its all for the sake of my Polly
I'd cross the salt sea without fear

Without fear