As the nation once again turns its attention to ANZAC Day next month, a small group of Brisbane women are embarking on a unique musical project to tell some of our country’s most important stories.
Dubbed The Soldier’s Wife, the project will find six local songwriters and singers spending time with the partners of Australian servicemen – both past and present – and putting the experience, emotions and lives of those women into song.
The artists involved represent a mix of vast songwriting experience and emerging talent. They are: one time Australian Music Prize nominee and vocal powerhouse Jackie Marshall; North Queensland based Roz Pappalardo (best know as one half of Women in Docs); critically acclaimed songwriter Tylea Gould (Imaginary Music Score, Gota Cola); all round entertainer Bertie Page; fast rising new talent Sahara Beck; and Deb Suckling (Lucy Star Satellite) who has been a Brisbane music scene fixture for more than a decade.
The project has the full backing of one of Australia’s oldest charitable institutions Legacy, which exists to support families and children who have recently lost a loved one during recent conflicts and military operations.
Artist Deb Suckling – who is also managing the project through SUGARRUSH Music – explains the aim is to tell the stories of women affected by war and conflict far from home, and to help the broader community better understand the impact on families.
“This is a story that is rarely heard, and as a wife and mother I want to understand,” she says. “I think these women are incredible – I mean what is it like on a daily basis managing children, fearing for their husbands and partners when they are deployed…the constant moving around and upheaval and the challenges they face? “
She adds the while women now play a growing role on the frontlines of conflict in the armed forces, historically losing a loved-one to war has long been a burden carried by wives and partners of servicemen.
“I think some of these stories will be sad, but at the same time they will be inspirational, uplifting and full of incredible courage and determination.”
The project will culminate with a very special performance of the songs written through the project at the Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre on Wednesday, April 23 featuring all the project performers and other special guests. The event will include a special matinee show, and a night performance.
Tickets for this show will be very limited and on sale now through www.brisbanepowerhouse.org
All profits from the show will be donated directly to Legacy, which continues to face growing demand for its vital services. This will continue because of Legacy’s resolve to provide for the families and children who have recently lost a loved one during recent conflicts and military operations including Somalia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, East Timor, the Gulf Wars, Iraq, Bougainville and Solomon Islands.
Legacy not only cares for families of those who die in these dangerous deployments, Legacy also now cares for families of any veteran who is suffering from incapacitation from service. Find out more now at www.legacy.com.au.
Legacy’s Nadia Coxon adds: “We support the exploration and discussion of the issues and experiences of the wives, particularly the widows, of service personnel that this project provides. We are also very grateful to receive proceeds from this project which will be used towards the thousands of widows old and young, and families in our care.”
This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
THE SOLDIER’S WIFE
Wednesday, April 23
Brisbane Powerhouse – Visy Theatre
Doors open at 2.00pm for matinee and 7.00pm for evening show.
Tickets at http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2014/04/23/the-soldiers-wife/
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