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Burke & Wills: The Expedition
Release Date: 16/08/2013
Catalogue No.: STRANGE102
Record Label: Fuse Distribution
Format: CD


“What an epic airing of this brave Australian tragedy! Ash Davies' dynamic instrumentals truly do justice to the peaks and troughs of Burke and Wills' journey. It was a pleasure to be a part of the whole shebang in giving voice to the narratives.” - Henry Wagons
Ashley Davies is a consummate drummer, ARIA award winning musician and composer who has a passion and instinct to bring uniquely Australian stories to life. His new project, Burke & Wills: The Expedition, is an extraordinary piece of work. For it, Davies has gathered together some of Australia’s finest musicians to work with him, including: Matt Walker, Reg Mombassa, Shane O’Mara, James Lee, Henry Wagons, Rick Plant, Craig Pilkington, Anita Quayle, Abbie Cardwell, Howard Cairns, Andrew Ogburn, Eugene Ball, Monique DiMattina, Michelle Lewit and Glenn Romanis.
Musically The Expedition shows Ashley's commitment to bring one of Australia’ most epic tales of triumph, and ultimate defeat, through his music. Davies says of writing Burke & Wills: The Expedition: “I think a lot of people see Burke and Wills’ expedition as a failure – I don’t see it that way. After reading about it, I was astonished at what they accomplished and totally inspired by what they did… The ideas came and I started to write a musical journey of the Burke and Wills expedition”.
The music of Burke & Wills: The Expedition takes you on an aural journey where your minds eye can truly retrace the joyous and anguished steps. The creative licence is with the music only: the narrative, written by Australia’s foremost Burke & Wills scholar Dave Phoenix, President of the Burke and Wills Society, upholds the highest historic integrity. The music, combined with the narrative from Henry Wagons, makes Burke & Wills: The Expedition one of the most significant independent music releases of 2013.

• The first CD is an instrumental CD of tracks, the second features narrations from Henry Wagons.
• Full colour booklet in hardcover book-like sleeve featuring illustrations from the expedition, used with permission from State Library of Victoria
• Cover art painting by Reg Mombassa



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Burke & Wills: The Expedition

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