Innisfail Song

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    The Confluence is a 12 track album featuring Sally Taylor, Richard Grace, Ryan Tews, Carmen O'Brien and Mandy Connell.

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    Tom Paine's Bones (Graham Moore
    Mad Tom of Bedlam (Arr Stray Hens. Tune by Nick Jones and Dave Moran)
    Diamantina Drover (Hugh McDonald)
    Song of the Inland Rain (Roger Montgomery / Jack Sorenson)
    (With Tune "The Confluence" by Ryan Tews
    The Dreadful End of Mariana For Sorcery (Karine Polwart)
    The Cruel Mother (Trad Arr Mandy Connell)
    Pot & Tinker (Mandy Connell)
    The Handweaver & THe factory Maid (Trad/ A L Lloyd)
    Riddles Wisely Expounded (Trad)
    Ballad Of Accounting (Ewan MacColl)
    The Recruited Collier (Trad Arr Mandy Stray Hens)

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Written by Bill Scott, this is an older Australian Classic, occasionally called Hey Rain. There's a great clip on Youtube of the Basics singing it in the Garadunga Pub here:

This track is on Mandy Connell's second album (2010) Tall Tales and Pretty Colours, recorded by Tom A. Wright.


Hey Rain / Innisfail Song (Cmaj?)

Hey Rain, (Low) Hey Rain (Normal)

Verse 1- Acapella
There's rain in me beard and rain on me face,
Oh muddy old Innisfail's a bloody wet place,
Hey rain, hey rain. ( harmony on second ‘rain’)

Verse 2 - (Acapella)
Rain in me beer and rain in me grub,
And they've just fitted anchors to the Garradunga pub,
Hey rain, hey rain. (Band Comes In)

Chorus........ x 1 (Harmonies)

Verse 3 (Band in)
There's a Johnstone River crocodile livin' in me frig'
And a bloody great tree on the Jubilee Bridge
Hey rain, hey rain (Harmonies on both)

Verse 4
Bloke from out west nearly died of fright,
Cos the River rose thity five feet last night
Hey rain, hey rain (Harmonies on both)

Chorus..... x 2

Verse 5
Monsoon Sky so black and big
Theres an old flyin' fox in the Moreton Bay fig,
Hey rain, hey rain (Harmonies on both)

Verse 6
It's the worst wet season we've ever had,
And I'd swim down to Tully, but it's just as bloody bad
Hey rain, hey rain (Harmonies on both)

Chorus x 2

Acapella Chorus x 1



from The Confluence, released December 2, 2016
Ryan Tews (Drums)
Mandy Connell (Vocal and Guitar)
Carmen O'Brien (Fiddle and Vocals)
Sally Taylor (Lead Vocals)
Richard Grace (Double Bass



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Stray Hens Melbourne, Australia

Three stunning frontwomen, on fiddles, vocal and guitar, backed by drums & double bass. No one in Australia is arranging folk revival songs with such passion. Complex harmonies, jazz & old-timey inspired rythms, & anceint anglo ballads create a theatrical show.
Formed in March 2013, & already booked for some of the country's Premier festivals, their debut EP has us anticipating the full album!
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