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I Am Australian – & practice track

The Seekers

Dear Choir

I promised these things for you to rehearse with. Better late than never!

    • The Seekers singing ‘I am Australian, that I transcribed from. The rhythm of the lyrics should be pretty similar. So…copy away. Sing along with The Seekers!
    • Please remember..I would like it off by heart, so we really can sing from the heart.
    • Lingmarra, will be sung unison once and then with all harmonies the second time.
    • Also, I want to let you know that Lingmarra has been approved by Uncle Rick and it turns out that the council and the indigenous people around are very pleased and moved by our voicing, concern and care with the preparations for this event. They have been working very hard to change things for this day, slowly and sensitively and have been successful, especially in this shire. They have agreed to relay two statements will also be read before we perform, that are important to us. Thankyou for all your wonderful integrity in this process.

SEE YOU SUNDAY at 8.40 for a warm-up. 

– Wendy

note: the lyrics and score are both now in the Scores Gallery


Mainesong & Corker Concert

Mainesong/Corker Concert
Campbell’s Creek Community Centre

September 9th 2019
6.30 – 8.30pm


Corker: Monsoon Wedding
Mainesong: Somebody’s knocking
Corker: It’s been a Hard day’s night
Mainesong: If I had words
Mainesong: Since first I saw your face
Corker: Tango Idishe
Corker: Lustig Hasidim
Mainesong: Durme, Durme
Mainesong: Mas que Nada
Corker: Carmen

Interval & Supper: 30 mins

Mainesong: Bohemian Rhapsody
Corker: Watermelon Man
Corker: In the mood
Corker: (Begin the Beguine?)
Mainesong: Bogoroditse Devo
Corker & Mainesong: Mambo Italiana

Introductions: James/Scott/Thankyous

Mainesong: Lonesome Road
Corker: Gymnopédie


and a printable programme, here …

Mas Que Nada

Lyrics, translation & history

The Story of “Mas que Nada”

Oariá raiô Obá Obá Obá
Oariá raiô Obá Obá Obá

[An invocation of the orixá Obá?]

Mas que Nada
Sai da minha frente
Eu quero passar
Pois o samba está animado
O que eu quero é sambar.

It’s nothing
Get out of my way
I want to pass
Because the samba is exciting
What I want is samba.

Este samba
Que é misto de maracatu
É samba de preto velho
Samba de preto tu.

This samba
Is mixed maracatu
It’s old black samba
Samba in black for you.

Mas que Nada
Um samba como esse tão legal
Você não vai querer
Que eu chegue no final.

It’s nothing
A samba like this, so cool
You will not want
To reach the end.

Oariá raiô Obá Obá Obá
Oariá raiô Obá Obá Obá


Vocal Jump Start!

An afternoon of gorgeous singing and song, in the Gospel and World Music traditions

The workshop, led by Melbourne-based Annemarie Sharry (South Of The River Choir) and Tracey Miller (Victorian College of the Arts and The Dusty Millers), will include basic vocal technique, fun warm games and rounds, soundscapes, improvisation and 3-4 part harmony World Music repertoire for mixed voices of all ages and abilities!


  • Annemarie Sharry is offering a singing workshop in Castlemaine, which should be terrific.
  • Some of us have seen the dynamic, groovy choir, South Of The River, at Daylesford Singers’ Festival.
  • At this stage Saturday August 17 (probably 2.00 – 4.00 or 4.30) is the most likely date – to be confirmed, when we see how many people would like to come along.
  • The cost wd be $20/$15.

Could you please let me know as soon as possible (pref straight away) if you are interested.

Thanks, Judy