A musical tribute to great Australian songs and artists including The Seekers, Peter Dawson, Johnny O’Keefe, Lucky Starr, Chad Morgan, Slim Dusty, and The Beggars. You can heave away and haul your way round Cape Horn Bound for South Australia or sail the Southern Ocean hunting The Whale, go Waltzing Matilda down to the billabong and find out what really happened to that jolly swagman, do your noble duty at Suvla Bay in the Great War, go back home on the Road to Gundagai, and be a guest at the at the Fatal Wedding. The Beggars round out this musical journey with the tongue twisting I’ve Been Everywhere as we all sing-along with the songs from our Australian Songbook.
I’ve Been Everywhere and Kangaroo and The Whale from the 2011 Australian Songbook Vol 1 CD have appeared on the iTunes world music charts and the Beggars are working on Australian Songbook Vol 2. The Banjo Song from the Desert Flower CD hit number 1 # on the European country music association charts in Jan 2010.
“So good was the experience overall I immediately booked this 4 piece band from Adelaide for a return season” Greg Hordacre Director Drum Theatre Dandenong 2011
“the show was of a very high standard and most of our feedback included ” bring them back again next year ” Rod McKenzie Director Ararat Performing Arts Centre 2011
“It was a pleasure to have Australian Songbook at Darebin” Rod Wilson Arts & Cultural Venues Manager Darebin 2011
The Beggars Reviews
“The best Australian vocal band since the seekers” Normie Rowe
“World-class musicians” rock times [Germany] 2010
“Super Australian band: Renee Donaghey is a genius.” Bote der urschweiz Lucerne. Feb 2008. [Switzerland]
“Her (Renee’s) voice leaves no doubt, perfect.” HAZ Hanover Feb 2008 [Germany]
“10/10 I have always said that there’s some great music coming from down under and this is a fine example!!” Metrocountry May 2007 [UK]
Australian Songbook is high quality music production with a flexible and simple design that’s easy to bump and set. Projected images provide backgrounds for each song and an interval can be incorporated into an extended performance if required.
The Beggars Back-story
In 2006 Stuart Renee and Quinton decided to form The Beggars and record their own songs. Songs from their first two albums caught the ears of European DJs and put The Beggars on the charts across the E.U. with The Banjo Song going to the number one spot. Their third Album Australian Songbook Vol 1 launched them on the Australian concert circuit. The band now has 5 albums. They have made 4 tours of Europe and become a regular feature on the Australian touring circuit.
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