‘Lullaby & Lament – A Song Cycle’



‘Lullaby & Lament – A Song Cycle’ is the result of my first collaboration with composer Christopher Purcell. Rather than following the traditional path of song cycles about myths, classical tragedies and unrequited love, the songs from ‘Lullaby & Lament’ cover topics such as grief, loneliness, divorce, estrangement and death, as well as love and happiness – universal themes written in words and music that go straight to the heart. The songs have the power to remind us that we are essentially the same – we all want love and healthy relationships with family and friends; we all face heartbreak, pain, loneliness and death.The songs from ‘Lullaby & Lament’ are dramatic and emotional, and offer strong material to a recording artist who is looking for something original and different.

In August 2017, Christopher Purcell and I recorded Songs from ‘Lullaby & Lament’ – A Song Cycle at Keystone Recording Studio in Armidale.
Vocals on When the Whistle Blows and Lovebirds – Helena Pastor
Vocals on Rest Easy Now, Be Free – Carol Elder
Guitar – Christopher Purcell

When the Whistle Blows

 Rest Easy Now, Be Free


Below are more demo recordings of songs from the cycle that were recorded in 2016. The vocalist is Ruth Strutt, a mezzo soprano with Opera Australia, and she is accompanied on guitar by Christopher Purcell.

A Baby is Born

Vein of Gold

Mother is Watching

A Daughter’s Dream