Warren Fahey brings history to life at Regional Museum

Hawkesbury Regional Museum staff are gearing up for a visit by cultural historian, author, broadcaster and performer, Warren Fahey AM, who will give a special performance at the Museum, 8 Baker Street, Windsor, on 28 July as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program.

Warren FaheyTitled ‘Bushwackers and Cityslickers’, and described as 'songs, poems, stories and bulldust from the bush, and larrikin ditties from the cities', the performance promises to remind us of our unique Australian identity through songs and stories.

Many of the stories will be from anonymous writers, telling of frustration and aspiration: be it about convict life, bush loneliness, emigration, itinerant work, gold fossicking, lean times, unionism, wartime, city strife or tales of ‘boom and bust’.

Fahey has had a distinguished career as a folklorist and collector of oral histories, with his collection being housed in the National Library of Australia since 1973.

Since the 1970s, Fahey started collecting material of cultural significance, established Folkways Music, and founded Larrikin Records to publish and promote Australian traditional folk music and songs.

With his pioneering ensemble, The Larrikins, Fahey has toured for Musica Viva and the Arts Council circuit for the past 40 years, and he has been responsible for many significant cultural events, including the entertainment at the first State Dinner in the new Federal Parliament House. He has also performed all over the world, and since 2003 he has been a guest lecturer on various prestige cruise ships.

In 2010, Fahey devised, scripted, recorded and co-produced a major multi-screen art installation commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney titled 'Damned Souls and Turning Wheels' - a history of Cockatoo Island.

In 2012, he was Artistic Producer for the Kings Cross Festival, and in 2013, Rebel Studios completed a one-hour bio documentary on his work titled 'Larrikin Lad', which was screened several times on SBS and released as a DVD. The documentary was selected to be screened on Qantas for four months of 2014.

In 2015, Warren Fahey and Max Cullen wrote and performed the two-hand stage play about Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, ‘Dead Men Talking’, which has been performed nearly 100 times across NSW, Tasmania, ACT and Victoria.

Cost: $10, bookings essential via www.hawkesburymuseum.eventbrite.com or call 4560 4440. Light refreshments will be served.

The museum is located at 8 Baker Street, Windsor. For more details visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/museum

‘Bushwackers and Cityslickers’ is proudly supported by Create NSW.

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