Acoustic Life of Sheds by Big hArt

Farmers are adaptors, inventors and innovators, required to respond to the challenges of nature and the market. In the 21st century, the challenges are increasing – rapid globalisation of commodity markets, new technologies, expanding international agribusiness, and climate change are changing farming forever. The one constant, is constant change, from generation to generation.

This constant change can be witnessed in the many sheds that dot the rural landscape. Built to last through storms, floods and drought, sheds are sentinel shapes on the horizon, watching as rural life changes around them, bringing a new purpose, a new patina, a new story, until abandoned. With their heyday perhaps long gone, these architectural relics may stand with hinges rusted shut on a rich past, preserved in metal, grease and dust, or wide open, repurposed and alive with the sound of machinery. Sheds are worth listening to, they can have their own acoustic life, honed and repurposed as instruments or sound-shells containing symphonies of secrets.

Don’t miss the

Cape to Cape Concert

Table Cape Tulip Farm
Saturday 25th of March 7pm

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5 Rural Sheds
Become performance venues

10 Composers
uncover hidden secrets

40 Performances
over 2 weekends of music and art

Sat 18 – Sun 19 March  

Sat 25 – Sun 26 March

Your 5-shed touring experience begins at the Coastal Pods, 1 Goldie St., Wynyard Wharf with coffee and locally sourced produce available from 9.30am. Pick up your map and be ready to depart at 10am or 11.30am.


 

 

 

or for more information contact:
Andrew Viney, Producer
andrew@bighart.org

The Stables

By bringing together the rhythms, music, loops and patterns, sampled sounds and the stories that sit in microcosm in the Sadler’s Shed, the work takes a wide-angle aural lens to the mythology of the Stables. A series of ‘songs’ examines the family, the seasons, growing up, the passing of land through generations; using threads of stories that have existed over a long period of time in the Shed.
– Nate Gilkes and James Milsom

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The owners

Alice Sadler and Caleb Wade have been living at Stennings Rd with Max since June 2016, moving in during flooding that put most of their 50 acres underwater. They were joined by baby Tom in November.

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The Stables
124 Stennings Rd, Wynyard

Performances: 10.30am and 12pm

The artists:
Nate Gilkes (Piano, Voice & Violin) and James Milsom (Guitar, Voice & Samples)

20+20 hosts:
Kaytyln Johnson and Ella Ralston

The Calving Shed

Inspired by the Calving shed built by Duncan Sadler and Wayne Hansen from second hand corrugated iron and old power poles, we are creating a work incorporating the natural ambience and found sounds that are unique to the Flowerdale calving shed – an open space full of magic reverb.
For the Acoustic Life of Sheds we’ll be joined by sound engineer/designer Phil Threlfall and together we’ll incorporate looping technology, found sounds, triggered percussion and experimental violin/vocal sounds.

– Mark Leahy, Xani Kolac

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The owners

Duncan and Sally Sadler have been at Currajong since 1978 raising their daughters’ Lucy, Alice and Hannah here. Wayne Hansen began as a 15 year old farm hand and he and Linda Hansen have been friends and business partners with the Sadlers for many years now. Nathan Lawrence started his dairy career at Currajong in his early 20’s and in recent years also became a partner in the business. Nathan, Cassidy Heath and baby Arlo now reside at the Currajong farmhouse. The dairy supplies its milk exclusively to Cadbury in Hobart.

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The Calving Shed
136 Robin Hill Rd., Currajong

Performances: 11.30am and 1pm

Artists:
The Twoks. Mark Leahy (Drums & Percussion) and Xani Kolac (Violin, Loops and vocals) with Phil Threlfall (Sound Design)

20+20 hosts:
Ginger Lavis, Brianna Lambert, Lauren Street

The Barn

The road in, and the view out. The builder of our shed, the late Ken Irby was the son of Llewellyn Irby, who constructed the road in and developed the settlement of Sisters Beach. Ken Irby was a prodigious tasker, builder, inventor, sculptor, and entrepreneur. The shed is now owned and maintained by his son, Phil Irby. Many traces of Ken and his wife, Mary’s activities remain at the shed, with the surrounding bush steadily re-asserting its presence. And many things lie buried. The shed looks out to the site of an indigenous food bowl in the sea.
Our shed brings to us a tilt towards the kinds of quirky, individual, and somewhat mysterious activities that help to define us, and make a sense of where we are in the world. Come prepared to dig.

– Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey

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The owners

Ken’s widow, Mary now lives in Wynyard. A creative talent in her own right, Mary has also provided inspiration for the Barn. Their son, Phil lives still lives in Sisters Beach and we’re indebted to him for his willingness to open the property to honour Ken and Mary’s lives. Phil’s sister, Judith Flint has recently published “The Road Winds On: The Establishment of Sisters Beach”, Llewellyn Irby’s memoirs.

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The Barn
Irby Boulevard, Sisters Beach

Performances: 12.45pm and 2.15pm

The artists:
Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey (vintage synthesizers, embedded sound installations) with Lisa Garland (visual art/design)

20+20 hosts:
Lauren Westcombe, Rennikah Edwards

Gasthorpe

At the end of an easy to miss driveway that runs off a distinctive bend in Port Rd on the way to Boat Harbour, Gasthorpe Farm is familiar to locals who drive past it every day. Entering the farm and continuing down the driveway towards the sheds reveals a wonderful vista gradually opening out to a magical and expansive view of ocean beyond the steep frontage.
We were initially inspired by the Snare family name. The dictionary definition of snare (in the context of the percussion instrument) is: ‘a length of wire stretched across a drumhead to produce a rattling sound’. We mentioned this to Os and he wasn’t aware that this was how the ‘snare’ drum works. So we enlisted Thomas’ help and strung taut fencing wire from one side of the shed to the other to literally sound the shed like a big snare drum! Combining this with the sounds of found objects we have created a kind of chamber work duo for shed, farm machinery and electronics.

– Claire Edwardes and Peter Knight

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The owners

George Snare began farming Gasthorpe in 1916 where his grandson and current owner, Oswald grew up. Os and Gwen Snare raised three sons and a daughter here and one of these sons, Allan, now works the property with the help of his own 4 sons including Thomas, who resides in the original family home. Gwen is dearly missed by the extended Snare family who still live on or close by Gasthorpe.

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Gasthorpe
128 Port Rd., Boat Harbour

Performances: 1.45pm and 3.15pm

The artists:
Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Peter Knight (Revox tape machine and electronics)

20+20 hosts:
Hazel Martin, Izzi Ward-Mead, Jabellah Blyth

Tulip Farm Shearing Shed

I’m always awed to see or visit the stunning Table Cape plateau – an extinct volcano with a 170 metre sheer drop into the sea. As the explosive lava and ash of the volcano gave the area its fertile soil, the tumultuous lives of the area’s 19th century residents evolved into the stable and rich lives of the Roberts-Thomsons – prize-winning, change-embracing farmers with a beautiful family. Inspired by early settlers like sawmillers Moore and Quiggin, bushrangers Bradley and O’Connor and the innkeeping Alexander Brothers and the relationship of freedom fighter Tunnerminnerwait and George Augustus Robinson, I’ve composed a jazz/blues flavoured piece fuelled by my wonderings on how much has changed and how much remains the same. Exploding into life with some of my favourite musicians who I’ve formed into a dream band premiering for these concerts.

– Lucky Oceans

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The Owners

The Roberts-Thomson family settled on Table Cape in 1910 where, in 1984, current owners Bronwen and Paul imported their first tulips bulbs from Holland, in the process inventing a whole new identity for the Wynyard district. At the same time, they were raising daughter Meredith and son Dave, who after studying and travelling returned to take on management of the farm. Dave and his partner Maire have two children of their own now, Lucy and Margo. Meredith, her partner Tyrone and children, Grace and Evelyn, have also return to the district.

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Tulip Farm Shearing Shed
363 Table Cape Rd., Table Cape

Performances: 2.45pm and 4.15pm

The artists:
Lucky Oceans (composer, pedal & lap steel guitars)
With Claire Anne Taylor (vocals and guitar), Nick Haywood (double bass), Konrad Park (drums & percussion), Paul Williamson (saxophone)

20+20 hosts:
Emma Boyd, Mini Brotherton

Don’t miss the

Cape to Cape Concert

Table Cape Tulip Farm
Saturday 25th of March 7pm

More information

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