Don Stewart and The Reformers - The Hope of Something Better
Hailing from Warrnambool, Victoria, songwriter, musician and producer, Don Stewart, has released an album called 'In the Hope of Something Better'. The album presents poems of Henry Lawson as spoken word and songs, supported by Celtic tune compositions by Australian composers. Stewart said he felt Lawson’s poems “still had resonance with 21st century Australia” and so he has tried to present the pieces in a contemporary and musically broad way, including touches of electronica and rap sprinkled through the tracks.
The Reformers perform 'The Hope of Something Better' live. Spoken word, video, songs and Celtic tunes showcase the poems of iconic Australian poet, Henry Lawson, in a new, visceral and innovative way.
Online magazine “Listening through the Lens” had this to say about the album:
“The melding of words and composition, the strident narration, the elegance and dynamism
and the contributions of Claire Patti, Pete Denahy and others are a heady folk delight.”
Presented as part of the 2023 Warrnambool Storytelling Festival