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The Doomed Bird Of Providence

by The Doomed Bird of Providence

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"Singing tales of early Australian history, including convict murders, betrayal and ghosts, The Doomed Bird of Providence actually hail from London and Colchester and have been performing together for just a year. A classic murder ballad, opening tune “Letter from Van Diemans Land”, features Ukulele, violin, accordion and bass, creating a creaking musical landscape over which is sung the sad tale of a man wrongfully hanged for a murder he did not commit. On “Brother We Will Be” there is a Jaques Brel” influence threaded through the dramatic arrangement, whilst “Dorothy Handland” has a cinematic feel as it weaves its tale of an 82 yr old woman sent to Australia for Perjury, only to hang herself on arrival, dismal stuff indeed but beautifully realised. The final track on the EP is “Bells in the Dead of Night” a more traditional folk song with familiar themes of murder, guilt and ghosts, the tune rounding off a rather fine collection from this talented quartet."



released January 1, 2009


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The Doomed Bird of Providence London, UK

"...a vessel of bastardised prose, drawing on numerous literary sources, both real and fictitious, to create their tawdry tales of woe." (The Quietus)

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