Acoustic Life of Sheds by Big hArt

March 2019

8th – 9th – 10th – 11th

Sheds are sentinel shapes on the horizon, watching as rural life changes around them.

Bastions of time and space, sheds – when listened to deeply- reveal the invisible stories of farming families and their communities. Farmers are adaptors, inventors and innovators, constantly responding to the challenges of globalisation, new technologies, expanding international agribusiness and climate change. They know that the one constant in rural life is constant change, from generation to generation.

Acoustic Life of Sheds invites leading composers, musicians and artists to celebrate these architectural embodiments of rural culture as sound- shells by reimagining them for audiences in the landscape. The finished pieces are presented in a series of promenade concerts over a 60 kilometre journey. Audiences travel between sites, experiencing 5 distinctly different sheds and performances over a single day.

The 3rd season of Sheds in Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island Festival took audiences on a 4 ½ hour journey from Sisters Creek to Table Cape via Lower Mount Hicks, Doctors Rocks and Wynyard.

Winner of the 2018 APRA/AMCOSS AMC Art Music Award for Excellence in a Regional Area.

Acoustic Life of Sheds was created by Scott Rankin and Andrew Viney.

Gumhill

AARON HOPPER GUITARS AND VOCALS WITH SASHA GAVLEK DOUBLE BASS
Australian guitarist Aaron Hopper was one half of the internationally renowned duo ‘stringmansassy’. His last solo album Copperwing is a journey through the Australian landscape, from the plains of central New South Wales
to the red earth country of the Pilbara where he lived for three years until his recent arrival in NW Tasmania. The music, created in collaboration with Tasmanian bassist Sasha Gavlek, is inspired by the view from the farm and the familiarity of a shed full of wood, projects and dreams. Aaron’s father is a carpenter and he feels a sense of coming home in the Gumhill shed on the hill.

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The Shed

Devon and Alistair Cruickshank have been on picturesque Gumhill for 30 years, where they breed Angus cattle for Cape Grim Beef. Devon grew up in Montana and the couple met in Seattle during Alistair’s career as a Mechanical Engineer for a tunnelling company working in his home state of Tasmania. The shed was originally a farm timber mill, revived and extended by Alistair in 1994 using Eucalyptus regnans from the property. It now serves as Alistair’s workshop and has witnessed the creation of many an adaptation and invention.

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The Tower

BRIAN RITCHIE SHAKUHACHI AND YYAN NG TAIKO WITH
VARUNI KULASEKERA TEA CEREMONY
Brian Tairaku Ritchie came to prominence as bassist and multi-instrumentalist for the American band Violent Femmes. He is also a licensed teacher and performer
of Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). Brian is the Music Curator at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart. Yyan Ng is a Taiko (Japanese traditional percussion) player of distinction. He is the leader of Taiko Oni Jima in Launceston. He is also an accomplished guitarist, Shakuhachi player, chef and architect. Together they will be performing original material inspired by the environment at Doctors Rocks. The musical materials will be derived from Japanese traditional music from the Buddhist and Shinto traditions of Shakuhachi and Taiko respectively.

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The Shed

Built in the early 1900s, the silo is a unique coastal landmark, fondly christened The Tower. In 1865, 40 hectres of land was purchased by Dr Thomas Wilson who established Altaville (house on the hill). With roads rare in the NW, patients were landed by boat either side of an outcrop at the bottom of the property. The point and property became known as Doctors Rocks. In 2007 a second doctor became an owner when Mike and Jane Haybittel bought the property. Jane grew up on a South African farm bordering the Kruger National Park. As a doctor and teacher, Mike and Jane worked in rural South Africa and also in Soweto before moving to NW Tasmania in 1995.

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The Don

PAUL CORFIATIS SYNTHESISERS & ELECTRONICA, MATT HOY CELLO, JACOB RISH SPOKEN WORD, TELEN RODWELL FILM AND PROJECTIONS
“It’s harder to hurt someone if you know their story.” Coined by North West Support Services co-founder, Neal Rodwell, this phrase remains Big hART’s maxim and guides this creative collaboration led by social justice advocate and film producer Telen Rodwell. Paul Cor atis brings his experience composing electronic, psychedelic trance, experimental and ambient music to fuse with spoken word poet Jacob Rish. Acclaimed cellist and artistic director Matt Hoy will join Paul and Telen in creating a multi media performance reflecting on difference and inclusion in a building re-emerging as the heart of the community.

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The Shed

The Don was built around 1903 as the bulk store for the River Don Trading Company General Store which sold groceries, ironmongery, drapery, millinery and footwear. Having semi-retired from dairying on Currajong in Flowerdale, Duncan and Sally Sadler have been slowly restoring the building for 2 years using timber from the farm. The Sadlers now live in Wynyard in the former home of one time General Store manager and local historical identity, Richard Gutteridge. Duncan and Sally have plans to open The Don for use by the local arts community, with Acoustic Life of Sheds as the first major public event for the repurposed and reinvigorated store room.

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The Shearing Shed

LUCKY OCEANS PEDAL STEEL & LAP STEEL GUITARS & VOCALS AND HEATH CULLEN GUITARS & VOCALS WITH NICK HAYWOOD BASS AND GRAHAM RANKIN DRUMS & PERCUSSION
Lucky Oceans is a Grammy Award winning musician with deep roots in many musical styles and was the presenter of ABC RN’s beloved music show ‘The Planet’ for 21 years. He is in high demand as a composer and as a live and studio musician, having played with a who’s who of Australian and international artists. Lucky first wrote for the Shearing Shed in 2015 and in 2017 composed songs in the voices of 19th century NW Tasmanian characters. For the 2019 show, Lucky is collaborating with acclaimed Candelo singer/ songwriter/guitarist Heath Cullen. Together they’ve created an ambitious song cycle celebrating the passage of life over many millenia on Table Cape via songs in the voices of the shed, Table Cape itself and one from the distant future.

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The Shed

The Roberts-Thomson family settled on Table Cape

in 1910 with the first produce and livestock being hay, wheat, oats, barley, potatoes, Shropshire sheep and dairy cows. After the 2nd World War the farm became well known as a Dorset, Poll Dorset and Poll Hereford stud. The shearing shed was built during this period. In 1984 current owners, Bronwen and Paul Roberts-Thomson imported their first tulip bulbs from Holland, in the process inventing a new identity for the Wynyard district. Since the shearing shed’s first appearance in 2015’s Acoustic Life, it has become a venue for a plethora of arts and community events, guided by Paul and Dave Roberts-Thomson.

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The Potato Shed

MAGGIE ABRAHAM PERCUSSION & VIBRAPHONE WITH RACHEL SMALL & THE PROJECT O TEAM
Maggie Abraham is a contemporary percussionist with a passion for improvised music. She recently spent time in Cuba learning the traditions of Afro-Cuban percussion and finds inspiration in the Tasmanian landscape as she develops her own sound and voice as a musician. The Potato Shed hosts an immersive, sensory experience informed by this immense industrial space. Maggie and the Project O team explore the unexpected through multi- tonal percussion soundscapes and an audio installation created in a collaboration with Helene Thomas (Wayfinder Studio). Young women take the lead as you journey through both their reality and potential.

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The Shed

Phil Beswick grew up on a farm in Preolenna where his parents were dairy and potato farmers. A diesel mechanic by trade, Phil purchased the property at Sisters Creek

in 1989 and in 2007 he and Jane Beswick built the two adjoining cool storage sheds, capable of holding 8000 tonnes of potatoes. The sheds were sold to Simplot Australia in 2016 to store Russet Burbanks from local growers. Phil remains the site manager at Sisters Creek.

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