• 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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There was a shearer and he got very upset about the squatters lowering the shearers wages so he went on strike with all the other shearers. And then he burnt down a squatter's shearing shed. He took off, fleeing into the bush, the troopers and the squatters were in pursuit. Eventually he came to a billabong where he stopped for a rest but the troopers and the squatter found him. Did he jump into the Billabong to take his own life or was he murdered?


from The Natural Selection Australian Songbook, released December 1, 2015
Jenny M. Thomas: vocal, piano
Dan Witton: double-bass, backing vocal
Chris Lewis: drumkit, glockenspiel
Sarah Curro: violin
Ed Antinov: violin
Jason Bunn: viola
Rachel Johnston: cello
Lyrics: Banjo Patterson
Music: Jenny M. Thomas arranged by Roy John. Inspired by the original music by Christina Macpherson.



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Bush Gothic Melbourne, Australia

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