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9Bach – 3 weeks with the Black Arm Band

Lisa and Martin have just returned from Australia, after an amazing time spent with the Black Arm Band.  After spending a short while getting to know Lou Bennet, and Steven Richardson, and hearing the story of the Black Arm Band, time was spent with Lou, and Shellie Morris, working on some ideas for songs in an old convent in Melbourne. After a few days together, the fisrt song Cariad Mam was written, and then after a short rehearsal with Black Arm Bands full band ( all 16 of them!) Cariad Mam was performed in Castlemaine as part of the show Dirt Song, and featured Lou, Shellie, Emma Donavan, and Deline Briscoe all singing in Welsh.

As well as working on music with Black Arm Band, Lisa and martin also spent time with them in Papunya a remote Aboriginal community in the red sanded dessert, and got a chance to see them perform Murundak, their show of freedom songs. It was also a pleasure to meet Sammy Butcher,

a legendary musician from Papunya. As well as being famous for the musicians that come from there, Papunya is also famous for it’s artists, and has a fantastic gallery.

In addition to Cariad Mam, Lisa and Martin have come back to North Wales with a few more song ideas to work on for the collaboration

October, 20, 2011.