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Wallis & Matilda - Song of the Federation

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  • Model: TN241-38
  • Shipping Weight: 0.125kg
  • 10 Units in Stock

Wallis and Matilda may not have been the first to set music to the ballads of A.B.(Banjo) Paterson, but they have certainly been the most consistent. Since 1980 they have released three conceptual albums of his work, “Pioneers”.”The Old Australian Ways,”and ”A Singer of the Bush”, followed by the compilation, “Australian Gold” and have now produced,Volume 4, ”Song of the Federation”.which includes poems written about and after the birth of Federation.1901.It is quite amazing how nothing much has changed One Hundred years on these poems could have been written yesterday.
In forming the band, John Wallis’ original intention was to combine his musical skills, and those of the other band members, with Banjo’s works, thus making them more accessible to Australians and people overseas. He has succeeded admirably. As Macaulay says; ‘A man who can invent or embellish an interesting story and put it into a form which others may easily retain in their recollection, will always be highly esteemed by people eager for amusement and information but destitute of libraries.’
With “Song of the Federation” Wallis and Matilda have succeeded in adding a further dimension to Paterson’s work, transforming some of his most recent verse into works , starting with poems written during Federation and the two World Wars to political and philosophical satires these poems seem as though they have been recently written.In keeping with these new poems Wallis & Matilda have taken a more modern approach to their music with troops marching as percussion,the inclusion of the Australian Children”s Choir and other members of the band sharing vocals.



This product was added to our catalog on Monday 07 July, 2008.