Golden Gumboots

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009

The Golden Gumboot in Tully, Australia

I just heard from Lachlan O'Donnell from the Strahlend Quintet who have just finished their tour of regional Queensland where they were performing Gumboots. The final concert of the tour threw up a rather fantastic coincidence, as Lachlan relates:

I had a lot of people approach me after the concerts and ask about Gumboots. It was definitely the most popular work on the program. The most enthusiastic response we received was at our final concert in a small town called El Arish, a few hundred km north of Townsville. A lot of people came down to see us from Tully which is the neighbouring town about 20 minutes away. As we drove through Tully we saw that they have a giant Gumboot sculpture in the middle of town. Apparently Tully is officially the wettest place in Australia and their big annual event is a Gumboot festival which includes Gumboot dancing among other things! It was a nice coincidence and it seemed as though the locals all really enjoyed hearing your work.

I'm delighted performances of Gumboots have taken off in recent months. There is a further performance by Chroma here in the UK in December, the Ensemble ACJW performances at Carneige in February and an exciting one brewing in Belgium, of which hopefully more soon.



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