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Then & NOW - A Bass Strait Crossing

These songs came out of a request by the Community Arts Network in Tasmania in 1988 for a songwriter to accompany a researcher, Ann Collins, and a Tasmanian poet, Sarah Day, to parts of the East and West Coast of Tasmania to talk to women of varying ages and
experience about their lives. The ages ranged from 15 to over 80. Two visits of three weeks each resulted in these songs being written, taken back to the communities for approval and any necessary revision, and then recorded in a very basic format.

Some of the songs have been re-recorded to a higher standard and are included here on
the Alcyone album. "Shannon Rise" was written after the return visit and the first recording because of a comment from someone who came to hear the original songs.
The project was supported by the Australia Council, the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board and the Tasmanian Arts Council.

West Coast Litany*
Three Plaits for Analisa
Moving Mountains
Shift Workers Lullaby
Island Home*
Canon for a Tin Roof
Behind the Blockade*
Shout for Jimmy
Derby Derby
Derby Hall*
Paddock Woman's Song*
Farming Life
The Fair Lifter*
Beyond the Siding

* These songs are part of the Then & NOW project but have already been re-recorded to a higher standard and are included in the Alcyone album.

The songs listed below are the exclusive Then and NOW songs.


1 Three Plaits for Analisa
2 Moving Mountains
3 Shiftworkers Lullaby
4 Canon for a Corrugated Tin Roof
5 Shout for Jimmy
6 Derby Derby
7 Farming Life
8 Beyond the Siding
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