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IAN BLAKE: Listen...

La Rivyer Tanier

(Helen Rivero and Ian Blake)


From Luminous, Australia's scariest lullaby collection: Helen learnt this Creole song from a friend who remembered it as a lullaby from his youth. It concerns African slaves who had to find extra food to survive:

...walking by the river Tanier, I meet an old grandma and an old grandpa fishing. They say: 'one must work to eat…'

Ian plays a Rigby brass-strung paraceltic harp, bass, melodica, reed organ.
Peter Kennard gives the junk percussion a good workout.

The cover art for 'Luminous' is based on a painting by Helen Rivero, and designed by Greer Versteeg