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Lament for Sarah Island - Daideo and the Blue Mosquitoes

An original tune by Hannah and Stuart Foley played by Daideo and the Blue Mosquitoes as the support act for the Saw Doctors gig at the Republic Bar, Hobart, Tasmania on March 9th 2010. The tune is dedicated to all the convicts, including Irish convicts such as the infamous Alexander Pearce, who served time in one of the harshest penal settlements in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in the early 1800s.

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Comment by David Boon on March 24, 2010 at 13:00
Tristan, Thanks on behalf of the band for your lovely compliments about 'Lament for Sarah Island' and 'Meagher's escape.' We are trying to sort out something regarding overseas CD sales later this week and will keep you posted. Thanks again and sorry for the delay in getting back to you. David
Comment by Tristan on March 24, 2010 at 4:36
Loved it!!!!! David, these songs are fantastic! I just listened to Meaghers Escape too, and it was amazing. Where can we find the cd my friend?
Comment by David Boon on March 24, 2010 at 0:27
Thanks to my friends who have sent messages about this tune. I thought I should let everyone know that Hannah and Stuart who wrote it are just 17 and 14 years of age. Hannah is playing the fiddle and Stuart is the seated guitarist.
Comment by David Boon on March 22, 2010 at 6:51
Donna, Unfortunately the tune has not been written down as yet. It was composed by Hannah (the fiddle player in the Mosquitoes) and her younger brother Stuart (seated in the video). If they get a chance to write it down I will let you know. Don't listen too closely to your father about getiing a 'happy book" but don't tell him I told you as you need to remember that fathers are always right. Music is about all the emotions and I really connect with this tune also. Thanks again for the feedback.
Comment by David Boon on March 22, 2010 at 6:31
Gerard. Thanks for your feedback. I teach history at a high school and am a big believer in the younger generations acknowledging those who came before. One of the things the children are trying to do through their music is connect to the past and I am helping a little in making them aware of that history. When they next play the tune I will ask them to make special mention of the French who have also suffered as a result of the events you mentioned. Sixteen of my ancestors were sent to Australia for crimes committed simply due to extreme poverty. One of those ancestors stole clothing with her accomplice being an ancestor of our current Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. From the sacrifices of those forebears we have the great country and individuals we have today.
Comment by Gerard on March 22, 2010 at 2:43
Did I already say that those kids are brilliant ? :-)
Well! I can see that History is quite important to them and to you. And that we sort of share a part of it. Let them allow me to dedicate this lament also to the thousands of Parisians who were slaughtered during the struggles of the Paris Commune and the "Bloody week" in 1871, and to Louise Michel and the 4000 insurgent who have been deported to New Caledonia.
Comment by David Boon on March 21, 2010 at 21:50
Thank you for the kind comments which I will pass on to all the band and especially Hannah and Stuart who wrote the tune,
Comment by Donna K. Wallace on March 21, 2010 at 14:29

I love to play Laments. My Dad is always telling me to "get a happy book." Do you know where I can get the music for Fiddle for this piece?


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