LIVE... IN THE LAND of AUSTRALIA (1991)




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Peter Kearney in concert with the 'Crossover' Group.
A program combining light and serious material
.. new and previously published songs.
Spoken introductions to some songs.

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Project History
Review by John Queripel
The 'Crossover' Group

TRACK LIST

1. Living In The Land Of Australia: - A lively song, celebrating multi-cultural Australia

2. No Right To Crush God's People: - strong sayings from the prophet Isaiah

3. John And Jesus: - On John the Baptist, Jesus and Justice

4. The Wee Tot: - Novelty song - a great favourite in concert

5. The Magnificat - Mary's song

6. The Man God Chose: - From the prophet Isaiah . . . 'the song of the suffering servant' as if he could be among us today.

7. Black Is: - setting of poem by Aboriginal writer, Maureen Watson

8. Window Watching Me: A little song about reflections and vanity.

9. The Rich Man Blues - A scathing hilarious critique of wealth and materialism, by Robin Mann

10. Out The Window - A novelty song of twisted nursery rhymes. Kids love it.

11. Gypsies and Pilgrims: - Travelling round Australia in a camper-van . . . the Australian pilgrimage

12. Song For Billy: - The story of a gentle, sensitive man with a beautiful sense of humour who turns to alcohol to escape a callous world

13. Soulfriend: - Combining prayer and the blues.

14. Somewhere Between: - A great song by Malvina Reynolds: "On Monday I think I'm a sinner; on Tuesday I think I'm a saint. On Wednesday I don't know what I am but I know that a saint I ain't."

15. Martha And Mary: - Two sisters - two sides of each one of us - the active and the reflective

16. In A Little While: - just for fun

17. The Story We Share: - "The story is mine, the story is ours - if we open our ears we can hear a story that grows with the passing of years made of our laughter, struggle and fears." Written for the Parish 2000 Programme. A very useful song.

PROJECT HISTORY:
Published 1991.. following a series of concerts in major venues by Peter Kearney and his group 'Crossover': Claire Parkhill, Helen Archer, Lindsay Martin and Max Burgess.

RECORDING by Kenny Miller.

COVER DESIGN: Netta Perret

REVIEW from CORNSTALK GAZETTE
NSW Folk Federation Newsletter

In this live recording, Peter Kearney is joined is joined by his band 'Crossover'. Members include Helen Archer - vocals; Claire Parkhill - vocals and recorder; Lindsay Martin - fiddle, mandolin and Max Burgess - double bass.

It is often difficult to catch the intimacy and immediacy of the relationship with the audience in a 'live' recording, but on the whole, Peter and Crossover carry it off. The quality of the recording is not diminished and we are even admitted to the concert to the point of being told interval is coming up and being invited share in a cup of tea or coffee. (Perhaps while we are turning the tape over.) The format is tight without being obviously so, and even those songs which come across well live but often die on a recording - songs of frivolity like 'Wee Tot' and 'Out The Window' work well. Humour is used in other songs to make a point eg. 'Rich Man Blues written by South Aussie, Robin Mann. Listen for Helen Archer's big, brassy voice on this one- it's hard to miss. Also in this categories is Malvina Reynold's 'Somewhere Between'. Here gentle fun is had at the expense of would-be plaster saints. "On Monday I think I'm a sinner; on Tuesday I think I'm a saint. On Wednesday I don't know what I am but I know that a saint I ain't."

Some of the more poetical works capture a real pathos. One feels with Billy, the deceased alcoholic brother of Peter's wife Madge in 'Song For Billy', the story of a gentle, sensitive man with a beautiful sense of humour who turns to alcohol to escape a callous world . . . "now the angels laugh too . . . "

Three of the songs on the album were first presented on 'Turn It All Around' which brought to a Christian audience the need to be concerned with social justice . The final song 'The Story We Share' perhaps best sums it all up with its gentle invitation to come join the story . . . "the story is mine, the story is ours- if we open our ears we can hear a story that grows with the passing of years made of our laughter, struggle and fears." (John Queripel)
 

THE 'CROSSOVER' GROUP

This is a different line-up to the 'Crossover' Group involved in the 'Signs Of Hope' album. All members were musicians and singers from Peter's home area, the Southern Highlands, NSW.

Claire Parkhill- vocals, recorder
Helen Archer- vocals, percussion
Lindsay Martin- fiddle and mandolin
Max Burgess- double bass
Peter Kearney- guitar and vocals

During 1990 the group practised some of Peter's earlier songs and developed arrangements for some of his new songs.

Together, they performed in a series of concerts at major venues, including:
The Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
The Tom Mann Theatre, Sydney
The Southern Cross Club, Canberra

The concert programme for this series of concerts was later recorded in a concert arranged by Terry Westblade at St. John's School Hall, Dapto. This is the programme heard on 'Live- in the Land Of Australia'.

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