The Boxties return to QPAC with some old songs for modern times and some modern songs that give voice to timeless themes. A Net of Souls:Songs of Dislocation and Common Ground is a cycle of songs about the great forces that engulf us, overturning the lives of individuals, families, whole communities. Music old and new about turmoil, upheaval and love - the greatest disrupter of all. Music about the scattering of people across the world and the connections that remain, with songs by Billy Bragg, June Tabor, Sting and others.
The Boxties’ new show is coming to QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre at the end of June.
Early this year, the Boxties and the HEAL Foundation (FHEAL) combined to form the FHEAL Community Choir, which sang in QPAC’s Songs of Hope and Healing Concert in the Brisbane Concert Hall.
The project was an outstanding success for all who were part of it, and now the Boxties and FHEAL are bringing the choir back.
2017 ended on a high note with the return season of Bound Away to Leave You over three nights at the Cremorne Theatre. For this revised and revamped production the Boxties were thrilled to welcome back lighting designer David Walters, who was joined by two newcomers (but old friends) in set designer Bill Haycock and lighting operator Liz John.
The Boxties return with Bound Away to Leave You, their take on songs of the sea and vibrant theatrical numbers from Sting’s musical tour de force The Last Ship.
The crew welcome a new member, tuba player Rachel Kelly, and lighting maestro David Walters is joined on the show’s production team by design maven Bill Haycock.
The band has spent the last nine months diving ever deeper into the music, adding new tunes, refining and finding new riches in Sting’s material and in the traditional numbers that frame the show.
Bound Away promises to be a rich and rare evening of thoughtful, powerful music making and subtle theatrical atmosphere.
This month The Boxties make their mainstage debut at the Cremorne Theatre in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, with our show Bound Away to Leave You, on November 25 and 26.
It’s based on songs by Sting, from his musical The Last Ship, written as a tribute to the place he grew up, a shipbuilding town in North East England.
The Boxties would like to extend special, heartfelt congratulations to their Musical Director, Steph McCaw.
Steph is Head of Department, Instrumental Music at Ferny Grove State High School where she has built a strong music-making community. As members of that community (several of us are now teaching in her department), the Boxties are fortunate to have been recipients of Steph’ s inspiration, musicianship and generous spirit.
The Ferny Grove SHS Instrumental Music department features in recent articles in two major international academic journals – Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, published by the University of California, and the Cambridge Journal of Education.