JOHN SCHUMANN AND VAGABOND CREW
LAWSON. THE ALBUM. THE CONCERT
In 2005, John Schumann and David Minear, long-time mates, collaborated on an album called “Lawson”. Released on Minear’s Bombora label, the album comprised 13 poems written by Henry Lawson and set to music by Schumann. Some of Australia’s finest musicians, including Rob Hirst, Russell Morris, Shane Howard and Mike Rudd, made contributions. “Lawson” is an album that continues to sell well and command respect.
In 2020, Schumann and Minear decided to re-release “Lawson”, fearing that it might have slipped through the cracks as music transitioned from physical to digital format.
To celebrate the re-release, on September 12 at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew will perform the album, track by track. Each song/poem will be contextualised in a narrative written by Professor Brian Matthews and delivered by ABC broadcaster, David Bevan.
This performance by Schumann and the Vagabond Crew at the Gov on September 12 is one of a few “re-release” initiatives planned. The album was due to be officially re-released at the Henry Lawson in Grenfell on the June long weekend of this year but the Covid 19 pandemic scotched that. Exploratory discussions are also underway with a major metropolitan symphony orchestra about some performances next year.