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Convicts Paradise @ The Old Melbourne Gaol

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From the 1800s until today, the Old Melbourne Gaol has housed violent criminals, petty thieves and the insane. Whichever category you want to put the bands playing there in is up to you.

The Gaol will be the backdrop for a night exploring the stories of convict-Australia through folk music.

Convicts Paradise is a night featuring traditional folk music both ecstatic and melancholy, with Miserable Little Bastards, McAlpine's Fusiliers, the Taylor Project and Underlander.

Miserable Little Bastards are a raucous yet subtle and intelligent folk band that featured on Spicks and Specks and delivered a mesmerizing performance at the Apollo Bay Music Festival.

Miserable Little Bastards
The Miserable Little Bastards at Apollo Bay Music Festival

Here is The Miserable Little Bastards on Spicks and Specks For Your Viewing Pleasure

The traditional bards of the 21st century, McAlpines Fusiliers have been swinging the taverns and speak easies for their supper all over Melbourne and Australia since the release of their 2007 debut "Sons and Daughters of the Soil".

McAlpine Himself (probably)
McAlpine's Fusiliers

The Taylor Project will take you to an alternate timeline where pirates have overrun the Gaol, taking it for the convicts within.

Underlander will then lead you out to a convict camp, the leader of the band rousing his outlaw's spirits with songs of victory and deceit. The Underlander's bring a tale for this very article, to flavour the night. Hear the story of William Perrit & Frances Knorr (sadness warning)

Knorr was a baby-farmer who had killed infants in her care while taking money to look after them, and William Perrit ("Hangman Jones") was the executioner whose job it was to hang her. He was so tormented by his job, and by the prospect of hanging a woman, that he cut his throat in a cell of the Melbourne Gaol two days before the execution.

These tales and many more will be explored through song, multimedia and ale at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Sure to pre-book as this is a very unique event.

For info and bookings - head to Sound Fossil or the Old Melbourne Gaol.

(Disclaimer: you won't actually be led to a convict camp; there is a good chance someone will be dressed as a pirate though).
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Why? Convicts, folk rock, who could ask for more?
When: 11th of May - $15 – 8.30 pm
Where: 377 Russell Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $15
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