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AUSTRALIAN SONGS

Last Drinks
at Glenrowan

by Michael Barry and Paul Read

Also see their songs
Sunshine in the Rain  and  Black Crow

The inspiration for Last Drinks at Glenrowan came when the Australian band Stormcellar was touring in Melbourne and a few bush towns on the way back to Sydney and called into Kelly Country.

Michael Barry (harmonica and vocals) was brought up on Shanties, Irish and Scottish ditties and some rollicking Liverpool songs. (His dad Glenn was a bit of a folk and traditional fan.)

Glenn Barry told us that he doesn't know "if we are related to Judge Barry who sentenced Ned to the gallows." Would make a great story if they were.

Ned Kelly, Bushranger

Edward "Ned" Kelly (1854-1880) was an Irish Australian bushranger. He is a controversial colonial figure often called a folk hero and symbol of resistance against the oppressive British rule and constant police harassment.

For others, Kelly is nothing more than a cold-blooded killer who was hanged at the Old Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Constable Lonigan. He was sentenced to death by the Irish-born judge Justice Redmond Barry.

Most people remember Ned Kelly as the man wearing his home-made metal armour and can-shaped helmet.

 

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Michael Barry of Stormcellar was kind enough to send me an mp3 of Last Drinks at Glenrowan.

I have to tell you that when I heard this song, I enjoyed it so much that knew I had to share it with all of you. Stormcellar performs at various venues all over Australia and you can learn more about them at the bottom of this page.

Listen to a 1 minute excerpt of the song

Tell me now my brother

what red glistens in the sun

Bright as rises morning

on the hills of Glenrowan

That no man claim my liberty

my brother he replied

Who never raised a hand against

a man unless he tried

For those who’ll not yield to the crown

nor make to bend the knee

And that may choose to live or die

and yet still shall be free

Hand me now my pistols dark

raise up my iron crown

Cage me now in righteousness

put not my burden down

And yoke such Bullocks to the plow

as make harvest of Men

'Till weep the blinds from Justice’ eyes

yet shall I be avenged

If Man be but a breath in clay

his passage pain and strife

To yearn for freedom to his end

and know that such is life

© Michael Barry & Paul Read 2009

About Stormcellar

Australian band Stormcellar's music is based solidly in blues, roots and country, combining influences from the likes of Canned Heat and Creedence. Stormcellar maintains a song writing focus and prolific output rate, with two albums of original material released in 2010 alone.

Crossing genres and styles, Stormcellar has been equally at home at blues festivals, The Tamworth Country Music Festival, Acer Arena, and spent a year as the support act for legendary Australian rockers, The Radiators.

Nuevo Retro (#1 on the Australian Roots Chart) has received wide airplay, including ABC Radio, SBS Radio. Channel 9’s Today Show featured the video clip for Dont Get Around Much. Their unique, self produced video clips are in regular rotation on Channel 31, TVS and Foxtel.

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