• Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

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

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Natural Selection Australian Songbook via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Traditional Australian Folk song re-worked for the 21st century. Originally written as part of a London musical, Botany Bay is a transportation song about love and loss.

A warning song - don't do as I have done!

Warning songs were always written by Englishmen who had never been to Australia.

Bush Gothic have shaken the dust off and caressed the melodies of this Victorian beauty to reveal a song relevant still today.


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

Singing Toora-li Oora-li addidy

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


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


from The Natural Selection Australian Songbook, released December 1, 2015
Jenny M. Thomas: fiddle-singing, viola
Chris Lewis: drumkit
Dan Witton: double-bass, backing vocals
Lyrics: trad
Music: Jenny M. Thomas. Last verse taken from the traditional tune



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fRoots Album of the Year 2016: Runner Up. 'Genius' -Lucky Oceans, ABC Radio National. Defiantly modern, achingly old, Bush Gothic re-imagine songs of heartbreak and tragedy amongst convicts, desperate miners and criminal women.
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