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CD Review by Pat Drummond
Roger Ilott and Penny Davies have for decades been the epitome of the Folk tradition.
They have written and recorded a multitude of songs, which chronicle and celebrate the history and tradition of Australia, particularly that of the Northern Tablelands.
Based in Stanthorpe, Queensland, they have also been the driving force in the production and recording of many albums by other Aussie Folk artists, including the legendary Gary Shearston.
In every way as important as preserving the traditions of the past, however, Folk Music has always set its sights on being the impetus for improving the world of the future.
This is another reason that Roger and Penny’s albums across the years have been so admirable.
They carry on the tradition of the ‘protest’ song which has also been a very big part of that genre’s heritage.
Both these factors have come forcefully together in two recently released CDs entitled, Chimes of Freedom and Pyramids Road.
Chimes of Freedom begins with a powerful self-penned song, ‘Light Across the Sea’, which speaks out for the dispossessed refugees who have been forced from their homes only to be imprisoned and persecuted in the many countries in which they sought asylum.
The next track takes us back gently to the historical facet of the Folk Tradition with the track “Tenterfield’.
This song, penned by Gary Shearston, tells the story of the influential Federation Movement speech which was delivered in that town and led Australia towards becoming a unified nation.
The album Chimes of Freedom is a wonderful journey that leads us across an array of Folk classics and recent inspirational songs which call for change.
It incorporates both original and ‘covers’ material.
The stand-out tracks for me include, ‘Whitehaven Coal’, which confronts the destruction of our farmlands, our heritage areas and our water supplies by the mining corporations and the classic, ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’, penned by Pete Seeger from The Book of Ecclesiastes, which was a huge hit for The Byrds in the 1960’s.
Traditional Folk, Folk/Rock and elements of Australian Country Music come together seamlessly on this CD.
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