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What is the Unsung Heroes of Australian History show?
Unsung Heroes of Australian History is an exciting and innovative production,
bringing Australian history to life. It explores and celebrates in song
the life and times of those who have quietly shaped this nation – ordinary
people who have done extraordinary things. This exciting and innovative
production involves original songs, projected images, scripted narration
and audience interaction.
It all began when Moira Tyers saw her daughters putting on American accents as they played with their Barbie dolls. She knew it was time to make Australian stories and characters more interesting to all generations.
Moira brought together four talented songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, who have combined their skills and talents to create a powerful combination of stunning songs, beautifully arranged with mudcake-rich harmonies, gorgeous instrumentation – and performed with passion.
The show premiered at the 2010 National Folk Festival in Canberra, and has since toured every state in the country to standing ovations. It has been performed at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, and others festivals including Cygnet (Tasmania), Maldon and Mt Beauty (Victoria) and Wintermoon (Queensland). It has also been presented at folk clubs and community venues in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, and countless regional centres – even Flinders Island in Bass Strait.
2011 saw the launch of the CD, which includes an informative booklet.
In 2013, in partnership with Australian Teachers of Media, Unsung Heroes of Australian Heroes launched a set of education resources linked to the show, and adapted the live show for school incursions. They have performed at schools across Melbourne, from Scotch College to Melton South Primary School. For more details go to our schools page.
The show continues to evolve, as new songs are added. There is now a large repertoire which enables shows to be tailored for specific occasions and themes, still focusing on ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.
In 2015 we commemorate 100 years of the Anzac tradition with a special concert that presents the stories of ordinary people swept up in big events from frontier wars through two world wars to today’s refugees. The story is told through original songs, evocative images, audience interaction and the gratuitous distribution of Anzac biscuits and Turkish delights. For details, see Lest We Forget media release.
Moira Tyers, Wendy Ealey and Bruce Watson are all talented singers and multi-instrumentalists, who between them have won many songwriting awards and accolades. They have each forged successful careers as performers across Australia and internationally, and all are involved in fostering other musicians' development in various ways.
Unsung Heroes of Australian Heroes is an expression of their commitment to great music, important stories, and good old-fashioned entertainment.
If you would like to organise a performance of ‘Unsung Heroes’ at your school, club, theatre, festival or other venue we would be delighted to hear from you.
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to the show's finale "Unsung Heroes"
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