The Soldiers Wife Returns for Two Encore Performances

October 27th, 2014

It has been one of 2014 most powerful music moments, and now The Soldier’s Wife project returns for two very special shows this November.

Launched around ANZAC Day this year, ‘The Soldier’s Wife’ project found six local songwriters and singers spending time with the partners of Australian servicemen – both past and present – and putting the experience, emotions and lives of those women into song.

The artists involved represent a mix of vast songwriting experience and emerging talent. They were: one time Australian Music Prize nominee and vocal powerhouse Jackie Marshall; North Queensland based Roz Pappalardo (best know as one half of Women in Docs); critically acclaimed songwriter Tylea Gould (Imaginary Music Score, Gota Cola); all round entertainer Bertie Page; fast rising new talent Sahara Beck; and Deb Suckling (Lucy Star Satellite) who has been a Brisbane music scene fixture for more than a decade.

The project had the full backing of one of Australia’s oldest charitable institutions Legacy, which exists to support families and children who have recently lost a loved one during recent conflicts and military operations.

Artist Deb Suckling explained at the time the aim of the project was to tell the stories of women affected by war and conflict far from home, and to help the broader community better understand the impact on families.

“This is a story that is rarely heard, and as a wife and mother I want to understand,” she says. “I think these women are incredible – I mean what is it like on a daily basis managing children, fearing for their husbands and partners when they are deployed…the constant moving around and upheaval and the challenges they face “

Listen to the songs recorded as part of the project now at: https://soundcloud.com/sugarrushmusic/sets/the-soldiers-wife

The project was launched to a packed house at Brisbane Powerhouse in April and now returns for two free shows at part of the Queensland Government G20 Cultural Celebrations.

‘THE SOLDIER’S WIFE’ EVENT DETAILS

NOVEMBER 11 – SALVATION ARMY HALL, ANNE STREET – 1.30PM

NOVEMBER 11 – KEDRON-WAVELL SERVICES CLUB – 7.30PM.  Bookings can be made at Reception or by phone (3359 9122).

Both performances are free and proudly supported by the Queensland Government as part of the G20 cultural celebrations.

Profits from the launch earlier this year were donated directly to Legacy, which continues to face growing demand for its vital services. This will continue because of Legacy’s resolve to provide for the families and children who have recently lost a loved one during recent conflicts and military operations including Somalia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, East Timor, the Gulf Wars, Iraq, Bougainville and Solomon Islands.

Legacy not only cares for families of those who die in these dangerous deployments, Legacy also now cares for families of any veteran who is suffering from incapacitation from service. Find out more now at www.legacy.com.au

Nadia Coxon from Legacy adds: “We support the exploration and discussion of the issues and experiences of the wives, particularly the widows, of service personnel that this project provides.  We are also very grateful to receive proceeds from this project which will be used towards the thousands of widows old and young, and families in our care.”

This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.