Bring it Home Recorded Live at Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2022
Friday 07 October 2022
Bring It Home is a highly interactive and participatory live music show that celebrates the diversity of older people and older musicians, their work, their humour, and their rich histories. Reminiscent of the long running US live variety show and radio broadcast ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, Bring It Home is a concert featuring original tunes and old favourites from a range of genres and cultures. It is performed by an extended family of exceptional musicians and wonderful special guests, and features storytelling, sing-alongs, dancing, tasty snacks, belly-laughs, radio plays, interviews and more. It is primarily focused on older people and highlights musical genres from the ‘20’s to the ‘60’s, but it is also intergenerational and great for all ages from 0 to 150.
The show was inspired by Creative Director Karen Davitt’s personal experience of her mother’s journey with aging and the profound role that music and singing played in her happiness, and well-being.
After a pilot version supported by Regional Arts Australia, Yarra City Arts and Yarra Aged and Disability Services commissioned the Bring it Home to present a full-scale version as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2022 at the Collingwood Town Hall.
Featuring some extraordinary musicians including Wilbur Wilde, Rebecca Barnard, Patrick Cronin and Alison Ferrier, appearances, interviews, and surprises with special guests Robyn Archer, Derek Guille and the Ugly Uncles, Crossing the Bridge Choir, tango teacher Rina Sawaya and ‘Let music be the food of love’ matching nourishing recipes and songs with cook Maggie Beer.
The event was recorded and featured in the Victorian Seniors Festival 2022 enabling people from across Victoria and beyond to enjoy the show.
Listen here to all four episodes:
Ruth Schoenheimer encouraging the crowd in a singalong. Photo by Laura May Grogan.