The Diamantina Drover

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

    Each artist leads a song (Vocals) and the CD features

    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 Hugh McDonald (Redgum) and recorded with his emailed blessing/permission, this song is arguably one of the more famous Australian songs and has been performed by a lot of people recently, since Hugh's death in late 2016, just before the December 2nd release of this albm (Confluence)

lyrics

DIAMANTINA DROVER HUGH MCDONALD
Arr. Stray Hens

Intro - Sally Fiddle drones

Verse 1- (Carmen sings over Sal solo Fiddle)
The Faces in the photograph have faded
And I can’t believe he looks so much like me
For it’s been ten years today
Since I left for Old Cork Station
And I won’t be back ‘till the drovin’s done

Chorus (Sal, Mandy, carmen harmonies)
For the rain never falls on the dusty Diamantina
And a drover finds it hard to change his mind
For the years have surely gone, like the drays from Old Cork Station
and I won’t be back ‘till the drovin’s done

Verse 2
Well it seems like the sun comes up each morning
Sets me up then takes it all away
For the dreaming by the light
Of the campfire at night
Ends with the burning by the day

Chorus (Sal, Mandy, carmen harmonies)
For the rain never falls on the dusty Diamantina
And a drover finds it hard to change his mind
For the years have surely gone, like the drays from Old Cork Station
and I won’t be back ‘till the drovin’s done

Solo break over Chorus chords x1- Twin Fiddle

Verse 3
Sometimes I think i’ll settle back in Sydney
But it’s been so long it’s hard to change my mind
For the cattle trail goes on and on,
And the fences roll forever
And I won’t be back till the drovin’s done

Chorus (Sal, Mandy, carmen harmonies)
For the rain never falls on the dusty Diamantina
And a drover finds it hard to change his mind
For the years have surely gone, like the drays from Old Cork Station
and I won’t be back ‘till the drovin’s done

Rubato: For the years have surely gone, like the drays from Old Cork Station
and I won’t be back ‘till the drovin’s done

credits

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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