News

No fracking way - Wollumbin duo pens anti-CSG ditty

Chris Degenhardt and Barbara Brewster felt so passionately about CSG mining, they wrote a song.
Chris Degenhardt and Barbara Brewster felt so passionately about CSG mining, they wrote a song. Blainey Woodham

SELF-CONFESSED silly singer Barbara Brewster has teamed up with Murwillumbah artist Chris Degenhardt to form the music group the Wollumbin Wacky Warblers.

As part of the anti-coal seam gas mining efforts which are taking place in the area and will culminate in this weekend's Rock the Gate rally at Murwillumbah, the warblers have written a song titled Don't Frack With Us Gas Companies.

Mr Degenhardt, who wrote the lyrics said he got the idea for the subject first and then started looking for an appropriate tune.

The song uses the music from the song Don't Cry for me Argentina from the musical Evita which was originally created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

The duo formed following lead warbler and songwriter Barbara Brewster's request to her friend Chris Degenhardt to accompany her at a show at the Stokers Siding based variety show 15 Minutes of Fame, which sees local artists perform every first Friday of the month at the Stokers Dunbible Memorial Hall.

The couple decided to stick together and perform when and wherever possible as the Wollumbin Wacky Warblers.

"We do silly songs about local idiosyncrasies and the daily things that everyone deals with," Ms Brewster said.

Ms Brewster convinced Mr Degenhardt to join her although his primary school music teacher told him to mime whenever the class was singing.

"He didn't find my voice very attractive," Mr Degenhardt said.

"Now he's found his voice, it's a beautiful silence to sound story," Ms Brewster added.

Ms Brewster said she recently wrote a song using the Monkies' tune I'm a Believer but changed it to say I'm a Deleter which was all about junk emails.

>> Click here for Rock the Gate Murwillumbah details

"The songs just come to me whenever I encounter local people and the things that they deal with."

"It's all about playing with words and we're looking for people who either love singing or writing to join the group.

"The more people we get, the sillier we'll probably be," Ms Brewster said.

There was an attitude in our culture which said people shouldn't sing if they weren't perfect but the warblers said they wanted to break away from this approach.

"Even if we don't sing perfectly, people still get the message," Ms Brewster said.

"During our shows people are laughing and afterwards we get comments about how people identified with the lyrics.

"It's all about the joy of singing and it doesn't matter what our voices are like," Ms Brewster said.

Topics:  coal seam gas, lock the gate tweed, rock the gate



Where the "who's who” in biz will be this weekend

TIME TO SHINE: Patrons at the launch of the 2016 BEATS awards at Babalou, Kingscliff.

The theme is sequins and sparkles; the guest list Tweed's top crop

Patients being treated but no access to medical records

Doctors have returned to their rooms at the Kingscliff Family Medical Services Clinic but remain in dispute over business records.

Kingscliff doctors return to rooms to treat patients

Council's $200k woes: what cops are doing about it

NSW police at coffs harbour boat ramp, arrest , gun, shots, handcuffs

Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Thieves consider Tweed Council to be a "soft target"

Latest deals and offers

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started