1833: two hundred young women immigrate to the Australian Colonies from England. But, to claim their new life, they must first survive the voyage.
The Good Girl Song Project brings their musical production Voyage to Melbourne for the first time. This universal journey story bursts with new Australian song writing, fine folk music and a fresh female perspective. History never sounded this good.
Written by Helen Begley and based on the academic writings of Liz Rushen and others, Voyage speaks to the little-known history of Australian female migration. The script quotes directly from eyewitness accounts while the songs capture the humor and poignancy of everyday life aboard ship.
A swathe of some of Australia's finest folk musicians including Penny Larkins (vocals) Penelope Swales,(vocals/whistles) Jamie Molloy (vocals/concertina)and Helen Begley(vocals/guitars), Sally Taylor(fiddle), Carmen O'Brien(fiddle), bring the story of these women to life.
In 2017, The Good Girl Song Project produced the CD, Voyage. It was recorded in one day at Sing Sing in Melbourne and engineered and co-produced by Lachlan Wooden. The CD will be available at each show and can also be purchased in digital formats.