Newport Storytellers Podcast

A showcase for storytellers (and musicians) from Newport (Victoria, Australia).

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Monday Mar 22, 2021

Matt and Jackie set off to find where the old car ferry used to cross from the east side of the river. Storyteller Mary O’Meara grew up in West Footscray and has a swag of family stories. Dharma puts a tune to a song written by her 7-year-old niece Matilda Phrapone. Alan Davies’ multi layered story takes us to the Lerderderg Gorge and Sarah Depasquale plays us out with the exquisite Bovalglie’s Plaid. 

Monday Mar 01, 2021

Matt and Jackie are feeling a little maudlin as this is the penultimate episode in the series. David Demant gives us the story of a hoarder in Siberia who has a thing for soft paper. Alan interviews local folk singer and songwriter, Simon Leverton who remains passionate about the environment. Kate Lawrence weaves history and folk tale into a story that remembers the building of the Great Ocean Road.

Monday Dec 28, 2020

Jackie and John explore Newport Lakes Park. Tarius McArthur shares a traditional story from the American South from the African American community. Alan interviews Megan Slattery about her song Indigo Blue. And father and son Alex and Miles Kharnam unite to tell a Japanese folk tale.  For this episode Dharma recorded Kumbaya and please, stick around after the credits for a special zoom surprise!

Monday Nov 16, 2020

Matt assures Jackie that Dave Davies is the go-to person for the true history of Newport and Alan records the questionable result over Zoom. We unearth a beautiful story by Cam Sharp recorded in the Newport Community Hub in 2017 and Jackie gets to bang on about lyrebirds and together with Matt, wax lyrical about the Newport Bush Orchestra. Alan has a ripper of an interview with musician Bruce Williams and a very sweet song with a glorious instrumental.

Monday Nov 16, 2020

Matt and Jackie share the story behind the Newport Power Station, and Alan settles in for a chat with Bruce Williams about his tune Road to Lewisberg, our podcast theme. We hear Roslyn Quin interview herself and her story recorded at the Eltham Library on a dark and stormy night. Later we get to hear Matt rockin’ it at The Moth Grand Slam in 2018. Dharma Picking and David Kidman record a song over Zoom across hemispheres.

Monday Nov 16, 2020

Welcome to the Newport Storytellers Podcast – six episodes of an audio patchwork of stories told and music harvested from archival and new recordings created by the people of Newport (Victoria, Australia). Jackie introduces Newport – the place. We hear storytellers, Dave Davies and Durgah Devi Palanisamy, recorded in performance at the Williamstown Literary Festival 2017.

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