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Celebration +

by Peter Kearney

A favourite for children. "Intelligent songs, never coy". "Peter has the ability to enfold a particular scripture word or message in song and these songs, with their doctrinal richness and singability, have been used often in our children's liturgies"
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Celebration
2:39 $1.70
2. Peter Was a Fisherman
2:48 $1.70
3. Mary When You Were a Girl (Mary MacKillop)
3:17 $1.70
4. What's the News?
2:43 $1.70
5. Televisionland
3:23 $1.70
6. Thankyou God for Loving Me
2:39 $1.70
7. Pentecost
3:28 $1.70
8. Take Me for a Ride in Your Basin Jason
2:43 $1.70
9. The Swan
2:53 $1.70
10. Peacemaker
2:34 $1.70
11. St. Joseph
3:06 $1.70
12. This Is Our School
3:18 $2.99
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Album Notes
ALSO AVAILABLE: Celebration CD-Rom containing pdf files for melodies, lyrics, chords and background notes. Custom recordings of This Is Our School to include your school name. To contact Peter and for a link to his online store, go to his CD-Baby 'Artist Page'.

3. MARY WHEN YOU WERE A GIRL: A simple ballad on the childhood of Mary MacKillop, Australia's first saint, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart..
4. WHAT'S THE NEWS!? In snappy 'media' style, witnesses (Peter, Mary, the Disciples) sing their reports on the resurrection of Jesus.
5. TELEVISIONLAND: Among children, this is Peter's most popular concert song. It's about a land where people watch television all the time.
6. THANKYOU GOD FOR LOVING ME: A simple song written for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
8. TAKE ME FOR A RIDE IN YOUR BASIN JASON. Just for fun. Another great favourite in concerts with children.
9. THE SWAN: Peter's musical setting of a poem written by Lesley Baker and Jennifer Penn, aged 12.
11. ST. JOSEPH: Keeping in mind that Joseph and his family lived in dangerous times, when their land was occupied and their people oppressed by the Romans.
12. THIS IS OUR SCHOOL: Adopted as a school song by hundreds of schools throughout Australia. The second verse includes a school name. Here it is 'St. Francis School' but Peter can record a custom version of this song including your school name. With slight variations of phrasing, most school names will fit nicely. To contact Peter and for a link to his online store, go to his CD-Baby 'Artist Page'.

Originally published as 'Celebration' on cassette-tape in 1987 by Crossover Music. Re-released on CD in 2000 as 'Celebration +' New versions of 'This is Our School', 'Televisionland' and 'Take Me For a Ride in Your Basin, Jason' were recorded by Peter at the Little Portion Studio, Welby, NSW.

ORIGINAL RECORDING (all except tracks 5,8,11)
April-May 1987 in the Windwood Studio, Lawson, NSW, Australia. Sound Engineer: Jeff Todd.
Arranged and produced by Peter Kearney.

Helen Archer - vocals on 'What's the News?'
Ross Grierson - electric and double bass
Peter Kearney - vocals, guitar, mandolin, synthesiser, percussion, Appalachian dulcimer, melodion.
Claire Parkhill - vocals, piano.
Gill Rees - piano accordion, hammered dulcimer
Pat Tapper - drums

Debbie Anstiss, Ben Hoogland, NIamh Kearey, Peter Matinka, Eleanor Romney

COVER ARTWORK: Karin Donaldson

Peter Kearney is a giver of gifts. For over twenty years Peter has been giving Australians his songs. At the beginning there was 'The Beatitudes', a melody now known by thousands. Since then, to those Christians involved in the struggle for peace and justice he has given two anthems 'Unless the Grain of Wheat Falls' and his 'Magnificat' (My Soul is Praising the Lord).

In the last few years Peter has travelled widely within Australia, from the Opera House in Sydney to parish halls in the most out-of-the way country towns giving pleasure and inspiration, singing his songs in concerts, teaching them in schools and leading people in meditating on the place of the Christian message in their lives. The music of Peter Kearney is always based on a desire for peace and justice and on an identification with the poor and the outcast. It is witness, too, to his belief that God has no cultural cringe. God is HERE, revealed, and always has been while ever there have been people in this vast, empty, quiet land and on the noisy, crowded coast most of us choose to occupy. That God is here is no news to the Aboriginal people. Peter Kearney's songs help to remind the rest.

Peter Kearney's songs owe much to European tradition; at the same time they touch Australian concerns in language and music we can understand. The songs in 'Celebration' are for children. They are intelligent songs, never coy. They are meant to be enjoyed. I hope that you accept Peter Kearney's invitation and celebrate with his songs. (Graham English, ex-Catholic Education Office, Sydney)

"Peter Kearney has the ability to enfold a particular scripture word or message in song. His songs on 'Celebration' have been used over and over in our children's liturgies. Their doctrinal richness and singability have been a real prayer experience for children and adults alike." (Sr. Susan Connelly).
"I have been using your book and tape 'Celebration' at home and at school for over twelve months now, and my family and students always enjoy your music." (Thora-Lou)
"The songs on the Celebration album have touched the hearts and minds of our children. I have observed their total involvement in the singing." (Sr. Helen)

When giving concerts I like to see children in the audience and always include songs especially for them. Funny thing though - adults seem to enjoy these songs as much as children. And I certainly enjoy singing them; their simplicity and humour give a welcome and necessary balance to the more serious themes of my work.

But then there is a serious side to children and I wonder if our definition of 'songs for children' is sometimes too narrow. I remember my surprise when singing at St Joseph's Primary School in Kingswood, NSW and St. Francis Xavier's School in Wollongong to find children requesting songs like The Man God Chose' and 'Hiroshima' (Never Again!)', then seeing how they listened with such deep attention. From that experience I have learned that if children are led into a song by an enthusiastic adult the scope of their appreciation can be deep and broad. The songs in this collection range from 'Take me for a Ride in your Basin, Jason'. written many years ago and just for fun, to the very recent 'St. Joseph' a more thoughtful ballad which can't be fully appreciated without an understanding of its historical context.

The song 'Mary When Your Were a Girl' is about the early life of Mary McKillop. Mary was born on 15th January 1842 in Fitzroy Melbourne, Australia, the eldest of eight children. As a teenager she was particularly moved by the plight of poor children who had no chance of education or religious instruction in the primitive conditions of goldrush-Australia. Guided by Fr. Julian Tenison Woods, she began her work of teaching and caring in a disused stable at Penola in South Australia A far-sighted and independent woman, she inspired many other women to come and join in her work. The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, as they came to be known, shared the hardships and joys of ordinary working-people and they often had to overcome discomfort, great distances and isolation to go about their work. Today, their work continues in many Josephite schools, hostels and hospitals.

'Mary In Black' from the 'All The World Is Sacred' album tells a later stage in the Mary MacKillop story.
'There is a Quiet' from the album 'A Gift of Song' is Peter's musical setting of the first five verses of Sr. Pat White's poem evoking Josephite spirituality.



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