Rose Bygrave

Rose Bygrave

BandPopAdult Contemporary

My music is rich and melodic.I would like the songs take you on visual tours of country and matters of the heart. My style sits somewhere between celtic jazz ,contemporary folk and the tradition of songs 'of the people for the people'. I always sing with conviction and try to serve the songs well.

Biography

Rose was born in The Western District of Victoria in 1955 and has been playing the piano since she was old enough to reach the keys. She has been a professional musician for over 25 years.

Rose spent over ten years as a singer-songwriter-keyboard payer with the acclaimed Goanna Band during the 80's and early 90's. Goanna played an integral part in the early Aboriginal Land Rights struggle with the huge hit Solid Rock, written by Shane Howard. The band's first recording Spirit of Place, won the three main music industry awards. Throughout her career, she has maintained a strong bond with Aboriginal people and continues working with her music at every opportunity, in all areas of social justice and human rights. Over the years she has shared stages with many of the worlds favourite artists, supporting (of the commercially well known) James Taylor, Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton. As a guest of many Australian Festivals she has performed with many of the loved National and International artists.

In 1998-99 Rose was involved as a mentor in the Aboriginal Song Lines program, which fosters emerging indigenous musicians. A collaboration with Shane and Marcia Howard (from Goanna), Kerryn Tolhurst (Dingoes), Liam O'Mainlai (Hot House Flowers), Steven Cooney (Mary Black's Band) and Seamus Begley (from Ireland), Aboriginal artists, Lional Fogherty (poet) and The Pigram Brothers from Broom … and others, produced a new Goanna CD Spirit Returns. This multicultural CD, on which Rose contributed 3 songs, was released at the Melbourne Concert Hall as part of the 1999 Melbourne International Festival Program and was hailed as 'a triumphant crossing of the great cultural and geographical divides that exist for Australian musicians'.

In mid 1999 Rose produced and released her first solo independent CD White Bird. The ABC and many other radio stations added her songs to their national play lists. Four of the songs were added to compilation CDs and America's Mollie O'Brien recorded one of the songs as well. At the Woodford Festival in 2000 Rose was invited to be the soloist with the choir during the famous fire event. This was broadcast live to 1.5 billon people on a worldwide lick via the BBC.

In 2001 rose released a second CD Walking Home… another critically acclaimed song writing, performance and production effort that has further consolidated her reputation as a soulful solid and much loved Australian artist.

In 2002 Rose performed as guest at most of the major festival and as support for Luka Bloom on his Australian National tour. In December that year she organised a major Benefit Concert called Bridges to Bali to raise money for the Balinese victims of the terrorist attack. The Concert was broadcast as an ABC live-to-air event and was also relayed to Radio Australia into the Asia-Pacific region. It was a great musical, emotional and financial success

In 2003-2004 she continued her work as a musical mentor/Artist in Residence to troubled young people in regional Australia. She supported Dennis Loccoriere and Paul Brady on their National Tours, she produced new songs for compilation CDs and performed at many Festivals and Concert Halls To mark the 20th anniversary of Goanna's Spirit of Place, a re-mastered CD of that album featuring bonus tracks of 'hidden songs' was released by WEA.

In 2005 She travelled to India where she performed for students at the University of Calcutta and in the second half of the year she spent 6 months living in Rome where she spent time working on new songs for her forthcoming CD.
In late 2006 and recently, Rose completed a successful short tour in QLD and performed with Shane and Marcia Howard as Goanna at the Countdown Reunion Spectacular at the Rod Laver Arena. She also sort funding, organised and performed at 6 major concerts in regional Victoria where 10 musicians performed 5 hours of free music as a means of supporting drought affected, economically disadvantaged country people.
She is currently recording her new CD at home.

She lives in Queenscliff Victoria with her husband writer and poet Barry Hill.

Lyrics

The Highest Piano

Written By: Rose Bygrave

THE HIGHEST PIANO © 2006 (control) Rose Bygrave

Did you see the prayer flags flying on the mountain
Sending out their many blessings to the air
And all around a low cloud hides the mountain from the sun
But it's still shining
Did you know up here no money's made from music
But everywhere a kind of song drifts up
The call to prayer… the temple bells… the hum from day to day
ring on

CHORUS
And I found a piano to play up on the roof of the world
So I'll play each note to resonate
To join the song the mountain makes
I feel
That it might ring forever

Did you watch the people gather in the evening
Did you see the fire glow reaching into night
It made me think of loved ones pressed together in their beds
Just like we are
Did you hear the sound of love and laughter rising
You could almost hear the breathing of the world
The little sighs that rise and fall across the silent snow
Joy overflowing

Did you imagine such a silence full of waiting
The expectation that another bell might ring
That space to make each sound so carefully considered
Well nor did I
And I can still hear music ringing on the mountain
Sending out it's many blessings to the air
And even sleepless late at night
I think of my piano notes still singing

CHORUS
And I found a piano to play up on the roof of the world
So I'll play each note to resonate
To join the song the mountain makes
I feel
That it might ring forever…forever

Sticks and Stones

Written By: Rose Bygrave

STICKS AND STONES
©2007 Rose Bygrave
V
Past ruins of another world
I walked the crowded streets of Rome
And high above the lipstick crowd
I heard your whistle play

I came around the corner stone
A king of rag, a queen of bone
Right there you were in skin and fur
Right there before me now

I sheltered back out of the rain
That royal whistle made me ache
The tune it wove and twisted round
Oh my oh my oh my…

Chorus
It's cold,you live among the crowd
Each scar, you seem to wear it proud
Each day you play to stay alive
You sleep on sticks and stones
V
I stepped on up across the square
And placed a coin onto your jar
You both smiled and threw the coin
Way up to the sky

You said what lands was yours to keep
You said God knows there will be food to eat
You said this gift of whistle tune
Would keep you from the cold

I saw it then as plain as day
Luck of the draw there right away
I play each day for pleasures sake
You play to stay alive

Chorus
It's cold, you live among the crowd
Each scar, you seem to wear it proud
Each day you play to stay alive
You sleep on sticks and stones

Another Sunrise

Written By: Rose Bygrave

Another Sunrise © 2007 (control) Rose Bygrave

On a beach in old Bombay
On the street amongst the rubble
In the light that moves the mountains
Little fingers on the glass
Little face against the window
Little late to turn away

In the amber light of night
In the heat and heave of morning
On the road we move along
In the gesture of a hand
In the prayers that pass unnoticed
Hear the woman and her song

I feel the breath that fuels the fire
That turns the face towards another sunrise

There's a monkey on a string
If you pay you'll see him dancing
Magic tricks down on the sand
There's a woman with a child
He has eyes like all the oceans
Little hand upon my arm

Past the ancient city walls
In the lanes of Varanasi
Mother river on the run
On the way to light and love
On the path to all the answer
Sewing seeds under the Sun

I feel the breath that fuels the fire
That turns the face towards another sunrise

Erarerama

Written By: Rose Bygrave

ERARERAMA © 2008 Rose Bygrave
(Central Australian Aranda word which means both 'Consuming love' &
'To long for that which is lost')

Skip a stone across the water
Send the ripples on their way
There's a golden sun upon the people
Floating flower on the Bay

Erarerama
Erarerama
Erarerama
Hearts are open for a new day

Take a moment to be silent
Take the time to look around
Here one moment gone another
Another tear falls to the ground

Erarerama
Erarerama
Erarerama
And hearts are breaking on this blue day

Find a place that you can rest in
Find a place then call it home
Open all the doors and windows
For all the travellers on their own

Erarerama
Erarerama
Erarerama
Floating flower on the bay
Erarerama

Rest My Head

Written By: Rose Bygrave


REST MY HEAD ©2008 Rose Bygrave

You know I'm fine here on my own
But when you left to day I felt so blue
I packed your bag so you could go
And I know the world will open up to you
Yes it will now
But oh my darlin… darlin… darlin
Where will I rest my head when you're away
Where will I rest my head when you're away

Now there's your message on the phone
And I play your message back when I miss your voice… oh again & again & again
And there's your picture on the wall
And each time I walk by I blow you a kiss
Yes I do now
But oh my darlin, darlin, darlin
How will I fill my heart when you're away
How will I fill my heart when you're away

You see I've been waiting for you all my life
And now your one day gone too long
And I've lost my light
I'm just about ready now,
For you to come back home
'Cos oh my darlin, darlin, darlin
Where will I rest my head when you're away
Where will I rest my head when you're away

Sticks & Stones

Written By: Rose Bygrave

STICKS AND STONES © 2008 Rose Bygrave
(Rome 2005)

Past ruins of another world
I walked the crowded streets of Rome
And high above the lipstick crowd
I heard your whistle play

I came around the corner stone
A king of rag, a queen of bone
Right there you were in skin and fur
Right there before me now

I sheltered back out of the rain
That royal whistle made me ache
The tune it wove and twisted round
Oh my oh my oh my

It's cold you live amongst the crowd
Each scar, you seem to wear it proud
Each day you play to stay alive
You sleep on sticks and stones

I stepped on up across the square
And placed a coin onto your jar
You both smiled and threw the coin
Way up in the air

You said what lands was yours to keep
You said that God would let you eat
You said this gift of whistle tune
Would keep you from the cold

I saw it then as plain as day
Luck of the draw there right away
I play each day for pleasures sake
You play to stay alive

It's cold you live amongst the crowd
Each scar, you seem to wear it proud
Each day you play to stay alive
You sleep on sticks and stones

The Mission Yard

Written By: Rose Bygrave

THE MISSION YARD © 2008 Rose Bygrave
(Hermannsburg Mission 2003)

Here I sit
In the house of God
Outside the red sand flies
In the face of this religion
And the missionary’s vision

There's dust on walls
And souls on stalls
You can almost hear the choir sing
Paster serving up salvation
To his native congregation

The white church stands
In a red dirt land
And all across the desert nights
There was secret sacred dancing
There was secret sacred song

Now post and rail
And old buildings fail
Where once a river garden grew
At the deserts holy well
There’s darkness on our eyes

Today the tourists passing through
Just a glimpse for me and you
And the petrol cans are passing round
And little children all fall down
In the mission yard

No garden grows now
And no river flows
And heavens bells are chiming low
As a culture still unravels
Leaving kids face down in gravel
In the mission Yard

Discography

LP 'Spirit of Place' (Goanna Band )NO 1 Australian Album NO 1 Single 'Solid Rock' High rotation Air play on 3 other singles
LP 'Oceania' (Goanna) High Rotation on 3 singles
Solo CD 'White Bird' medium rotation airplay on 2 songs on the ABC
Solo CD 'Walking Home' some airplay on 2 songs on ABC

Set List

My sets are either completely solo or with a band or with musicians 'sitting in'. In lenght they range from 1 song to 2 hours depending on the venue. Mostly at festivals the sets are 45mins and 3 or 4 spots per festival.I do mainly original songs but the occasional cover creeps in. Anything from Jimmy Chi( Australian aboriginal language) to Dylan to Sting to Woody Guthrie, Joni Mitchell, Gospel, to some of the other Australian singer-songwriters such as Shane Howard.