Bridge of Wings

Steve and Rosalind Barnes

(WWCD02)

Western Wave Productions
17 Steven Street
Fremantle, Western Australia

A review written for the Folk & acoustic Music Exchange
by John Rae
(raej@mczcr.gov.on.ca)

Though many of Australia's best-known folksongs were originally written as poems by such legendary writers as "Banjo" Patterson and Henry Lawson, there is contemporary side to the music, though some familiar themes remain--the land, cattle, search for water, and longing for home, Bridge of Wings is a 14-track disc, which offers a lovely mixture of eleven songs and three instrumentals in the more modern style, but unlike most Australian folk music, this CD focuses on life on the western edge of continent. The opening song, The Water Runs Deep, sets a contemplative tone for the album. The musicians paint a picture of the western landscape where there is a never-ending search for water.

This Old Tree reminds us of how important it is to protect our fragile environment. The tree has watched over many changes in the land, from fertile soil to sand and now new trees are being planted to help reclaim the land and make it fertile again.

Woman of Africa offers a bit of a departure from the rest of the CD. A woman who is dragged down by hard work and few options looks to the future, "one day, some day, how far away you'll be free."

Insomnea Gig is an up-tempo gig which tells of some of the things you think of when you wake up and can't get back to sleep.

The More Things Change tells of a woman who returns home after thirty years and finds that life in that green and placid area has changed little.

Rosalind has a very pleasant voice, and the CD is well recorded, not overdone. I only wish some biographical information in this couple had been included.

Titles:

  • The River Runs Deep
  • This Old Tree
  • Woman of Africa
  • The Weaver and the Buffalo Boy
  • Only Yesterday
  • Sea Salt
  • Insomnea Gig
  • Over the Horizon
  • The More Things change
  • Grey Stone Walls
  • The Mulga Waltz
  • Reason to Rhyme
  • The Red Engine
  • Present Company

Edited by Kerry Dexter
(riosur@aol.com)

Copyright 1998, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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