the cheddar road all-stars

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…

THE CHEDDAR ROAD ALL-STARS PLAY THE VERSES OF BARRY DICKINS

By the 1940’s, vast areas of Reservoir were still undeveloped. Paddocks laden with cows stretched as far as the eye could see. The roads were few. Of those that existed, most were unpaved and riddled with pot holes that filled with mud when it rained. But by the end of the decade, things had begun to change. Increased birth rates as a result of the “Baby Boom” and an influx of new immigrants from Europe saw Reservoir’s population increase exponentially. The “Great Australian Dream” was in full swing. Soon, Edwardes Street and Spring Street became bustling shopping strips, and the distant sound of cattle in the fields was replaced by the sound of houses being built. Young families keen to escape the crowded inner city moved in.  Their children played cricket in the dirty, dusty streets and went swimming in Edwards Lake on the weekends.

 One of these children was Barry Dickins, prolific Australian playwright and author.  

 For the past year, Barry has worked on a series of verses which vividly capture the beauty, terror, humour and banality of everyday life in 1950’s Reservoir. With the help of a group of local musicians and songwriters – The Cheddar Road All-Stars – these verses have been transformed into an album of songs which will be performed for the first time at the Reservoir Stomp.

The Cheddar Road All-Stars are:Leo Francis (The Rechords), Cat Canteri, Justin Bernasconi, Danny Walsh (Danny Walsh Banned), Adam Green (Danny Walsh Banned), Emma Peel (PBS FM) and Jorge Leiva (La Descarga), plus special guests… and Barry himself.

The album, “Nowhere Else to Feel Rotten,” was recorded in Reservoir at Captain B Studios and will be available for purchase at the Reservoir Stomp.