Peter Hicks | Matthew Brady: from Devil's Own to Gentleman Bushranger

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Matthew Brady: from Devil's Own to Gentleman Bushranger

by Peter Hicks

Fifty years before Ned Kelly there was Tasmania's gentleman bushranger Matthew Brady – this folk style album celebrates his remarkable story in music and song.
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Narrator's Song
3:23 album only
2. The Devil's Own
3:22 album only
3. We Till the Soil (feat. Annie Parsell)
3:23 album only
4. Freedom's Prize
4:04 album only
5. We Are the Boys (feat. Mathew Woolley)
2:51 album only
6. Brady's Mazurka
2:23 album only
7. Take Heed All You Swells (feat. Mathew Woolley)
2:51 album only
8. Samantha's Song (feat. Annie Parsell)
3:22 album only
9. Brady's Retreat
2:38 album only
10. Brady's Song
3:18 album only
11. The Shaking of the Sheets (feat. Mathew Woolley)
2:27 album only
12. Take Off Your Gay Bonnet (feat. Annie Parsell)
4:24 album only
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Album Notes
If ever you need proof that life is larger than fiction then take a look at the story of Matthew Brady. Brady was born in 1799 in Manchester, England and hanged in 1826 in Hobart, Tasmania. His 27 years were nothing short of extraordinary.

While still in his teens he joined the Connaught Rangers, known as the Devil's Own regiment, and fought with the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic wars. On being discharged he witnessed the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where thousands had gathered peacefully to demand economic, social and political justice. The authorities responded with a cavalry charge. 15 people were killed and as many as 700 wounded.

In April 1820, he was sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia for stealing some food, to feed two desperately hungry young women. He and his followers then became the only prisoners ever to escape from Tasmania's notorious Sarah Island penal colony, in Macquarie Harbour.

For nearly three years Brady and his men roamed the countryside at will, with much support in the population. He became known as the Gentleman Bushranger, partly because of his way with the ladies, and partly because he never robbed nor harmed any he believed to be fair or honest.

At one time, he and his men even captured and controlled the town of Sorrell, east of Hobart. Governor Arthur became so obsessed with Brady that he offered a reward of 30 guineas and a free passage to England for his capture. Brady's response was to post a notice, “It has caused Matthew Brady much concern that such a person as Sir George Arthur is at large. 20 gallons of rum will be given to any person who will deliver him to me.”

Brady was eventually betrayed in 1826. He was sentenced to hang. History recalls that while he awaited his execution, his prison cell filled up with flowers sent by well wishers, in particular by the ladies of Hobart Town.

This album celebrates the life of Matthew Brady in music and in song with some of Tasmania's finest folk singers and players.



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