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A side project to set, arrange, record and promote the poetry and existing songs of parents Dorothy Hewett and Merv Lilley (beginning on the 10th anniversary of Mum's death). Merv is now 93 and still able to listen to music if played very loud. Together they wrote over a dozen poems in the 50s and 60s that were set to music by Mike Leyden, John Meredith, Bill Berry, the original Bushwhackers, or later, Chris Kempster. DH went on to write the lyrics for dozens more songs in her many plays and musicals.
For openers 2 rough solo Garageband recordings by Tom. The first, Norman Brown, is from a poem by DH set to the tune she used to sing as a lullaby to we kids. Norman Brown has been recorded by the Fagans, and more recently, Collector, set to the tune of Collier Laddie/Lassie probably by John Meredith, published 1957?(Singabout Issue 2). Andy Saunders/Tony Suttor recorded their own melody for Warren Fahey. Thanks to Marg Fagan for filling out the info above. Here is the original, never before recorded. In Black Strike Tom has set DH's famous poem Clancy and Dooley and Don McLeod to a new and more strident melody and music (with refrain) than Chris Kempster's 2002 effort, shortly before his and DH's passing, and been cheeky enough to add an explanatory verse to start. This is a first recording effort of Black Strike..