Graham Howle – Crumbling Stones (Wav)


Merri Winter, a Tasmanian born Victorian resident, has had a long and varied musical career both in Australia and overseas, including 5 years based in Dublin. She has been a member of several bands such as The Shiralees, the Tony Cornish Unity Band and she toured with the Tony Martin Band.

“I was delighted to recently work with the legendary Bill Chambers as he produced all 13 tracks for my new album, ‘Moving On’. “I was even more excited when he generously offered me the opportunity to record two of his unrecorded compositions for inclusion on my album. ‘Sweetest Sound’, the first single released off the album, is one of those two songs and it was co-written with Sara Cotton.” – Merri Winter.

She is having an album launch in Portarlington on August 14th and again in Shepparton on September 22nd at the Cricketers Arms in Mooroopna.

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We pulled onto the side of the road on The Alpine Way to take in the desolate rugged view. I sat on what I thought was a pile of stones but then saw it was the remains of a small cottage. Why on earth would anyone want to live here? GOLD.

Down in a gully across the road there seemed to be old, old diggings. Further on we saw a small, neglected cemetery and there was a cot frame among the half a dozen broken headstones and markers. They came looking for a better life and totally unprepared for the hardships ahead of them. Many are buried in unmarked graves or in the diggings and their families and friends back home in Europe, the UK and China would have no idea where they lie or what happened to them.

I met Graham at a Golden Guitars after party and we discussed our love of writing and especially songs about Australia. As I worked on Crumbling Stones I thought Graham would be the ideal co-writer and was delighted when he agreed to join me.

P.S. 1839. Gold was first discovered by Paul de Strzelecki in the Alpine region at the time he ascended Mt Kosciusko. By the 1850s there was a full blown Gold rush in the area, many of the miners came from Northern Europe (brought skiing to the mountains) and Chinese who walked from Adelaide because of the strict regulations brought in by Victorian Government at Port Melbourne.