Neil Murray’s Haunting New Single “Tears Of Whybalenna”

New Single Neil Murray

Neil Murray Releases New Single and Video

“Tears Of Whybalenna”

From The Album ‘The Telling’

Neil Murray‘s album The Telling struck a chord with us.

As we said in our May 2023 Albums Of The Month review, Murray is one of Australia’s deepest thinkers and finest songwriters and The Telling (his tenth solo album) is another omnibus of musical truths and injustice spotlights, to be ignored at our peril.

The album was recorded in Melbourne by Roger Bergodaz and there is potency at every corner. The song titles tell it all – “Broken Land”, “No Justice” and “Rainbow Serpent and a Mine” which sharply brings attention to mining damage. There are positives and hope though. One of Australia’s great rivers “The Murrumbidgee” stands up to environmental threats and “For Evermore” and “The Manager” are touching tributes, while an indigenous town glows in “My Yuendumu Song”.

The Telling features instrumental contributions from Bill Heckenberg (drums), Craig Kelly (bass), Stephen “Stretch” Teakle (keys, accordion, clavietta), Damien Neil (mandolin, guitar), Jack Howard (trumpet), Shane Reilly (pedal steel) with vocal harmonies from Grace Robinson and Damien Neil.

One of the most haunting tracks is “Tears of Wybalenna” which is a devastating, shameful and moving account of the inhumane treatment meted out to indigenous Australians. A new clip has been released:

“I had a rough, general knowledge of Tasmania’s history and the devastating impact on its First People but it didn’t really hit me emotionally until I stood in the graveyard at Wybalenna. The grief and sadness was palpable. How those old people were betrayed. Their suffering and loss. It was not difficult to extrapolate or to conclude. Lines like:- “all the sorrow in the world can be traced right back to an invading force and the humanity they lack”- were just there in the ether. It wasn’t a labour. But I was compelled to it, out of a kind of love. So those Old People, their story, their voices, are still heard and not forgotten.”

Neil Murray

The video was filmed and directed by Jin Tommo, with footage of Wybalenna, Flinders Island, supplied by Sammi Gowthorp.

Murray will be on tour this March, with new shows just added. Details via the link below

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