House Concert No. 22
Eric Bogle & Pete Titchener
20 November 2014
When Australian folk music icon Eric Bogle agreed to play a house concert
at the Duckpond in 2012,
we had to pinch ourselves to make sure we wern't dreaming. We weren't, and Eric and his friend
Pete Titchener played a terrific concert. They must have enjoyed the experience because they
agreed to come back and do it all again. We were, of course, delighted to end the
Duckpond house concert year on such a high note.
We do our best to look after the artists who are kind enough to sing and play for us.
So, my home made pasta smothered with Jonni's creamy tomato and bacon sauce,
accompanied by home made bread rolls was on offer tonight.
Eric kept a close eye on the proceedings in the kitchen,
but was careful to stay on the non-working side of the bench.
Eric's powerful songs are well known to most Australians and also all around the world,
but no matter how many times they've been heard, they cannot fail to deeply touch the emotions.
Next year, Eric has been asked to sing his famous song 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
at Gallipoli, as part of the 100th Anniversary Anzac Commemoration.
I'm sure that will be very moving.
Pete's tenor voice blended so well with Eric and added an extra dimension to the songs.
With a long string of CDs produced over the years, it was difficult to make a choice,
but a collection of Eric's songs is always worthy of expansion..
An Eric Bogle concert is always an emotional roller coaster ride.
It's hard to avoid shedding a tear over many of Eric's heartwrenching lyrics on the futility of wars,
but there is always a smattering of a super-cynical creations guaranteed to raise a chuckle or two.
And his song 'Santa Bloody Claus' had everyone in fits of laughter.
This was our biggest audience yet, just surpassing our previous best, which was also with
Eric and Pete. However, it still retained the intimate atmosphere which makes house concerts
special and the audience remained very attentive.
Duckpond house concerts always end with tea and coffee
and a bottomless supply of freshly baked Anzac biscuits.