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.

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"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:  barbara brewster, chris degenhardt, coal seam gas, lock the gate tweed, rock the gate



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