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Franciscus returns to 
PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL 
Join Franciscus, accompanied by 
Phil Gardner as they present a  performance of his own songs + of course the work of Sydney Carter for which he has become renowned.
It will make you laugh, cry, contemplate and just have fun. 

He will also be presenting his theatre for children and their families in the Folk Circus Tent aka 
MISTER WHISKERS
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Fri 8 - Sun 11 March 2013

PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL 

CHECK THE FESTIVAL 
PROGRAM ONLINE.

   

NOTHING FIXED OR FINAL 
Join Franciscus,  as he presents a  performance of Sydney Carter's music and poetry. It will make you laugh, cry and really contemplate as it delves into both the celestial and everyday life.

FURTHER DETAILS TBA

Sat 1 June at 2.00 pm

St David's Anglican church, 
Cnr Nepean Highway and Redholme Street, (No. 4 actually) Moorabbin  
 
 

   Bookings/Enquiries:  TBC
           Tickets  TBC

FUNDRAISING FOR 

The Mother's Union 
Charitable Appeal

ABC Radio  ó  LINGUA FRANCA

30/04/2005: NOTHING FIXED OR FINAL
Franciscus Henri explores the language of Sydney Carter, the man who described himself as 
Gods loyal opposition.  You'll be surprised by what Sydney Carter ............
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/ling/stories/s1354214.htm

NOTHING FIXED OR FINAL ó A concert by Franciscus Henri
REVIEW BY REV'D ROD HORSFIELD - CHRIST CHURCH KENSINGTON

 Our small congregation was delighted to have Franciscus Henri present his program of the songs and poems of Sydney Carter, NOTHING FIXED OR FINAL at our community concert in October.

The audience was a diverse mix of church and community people, but all were engaged by the passionate presentation, high quality musicianship and theatrical skill of Franciscus Henri. The seventy-five minute length was just right. 

Sydney Carterís songs, though dating from the 1960ís and 1970ís were still able to express todayís impatience with religious pomposity and yearning for an authentic spiritual experience. Franciscusí (and Sydney Carterís) humour saved this evening from being a dour tirade against various authorities and led the audience into the whimsical and poetic world of Sydney Carter where truth can be told. 

 I unhesitatingly commend this performance piece to any groups that would like a quality presentation that holds out a daffodil of hope to the world. Or in Sydney Carterís own words:

                                    Mother and be mothered by your burden,
                        
            Trust, and learn to travel with the music.

For CONCERT booking enquiries, you can contact Elizabeth Antheunis on:
Ph: 03 9439 8332 Mob: 0407 357 414 or please email us.

"NOTHING FIXED OR FINAL"

In this concert Franciscus Henri presents an exciting collection of the extraordinary songs and poems written by Sydney Carter.
Though some were written as long as four decades ago they are still as relevant, thought provoking and challenging as at the time they were written.
This concert incorporates the spiritually contemplative songs and poems such as 
'Lord of the Dance' 'Bell of Creation' 'Run the Film Backwards' as well as his humorous and at times satirical 'My Mum was a Woman' 'Silver in the Stubble' and 'The Rat Race'.
'Crow on the Cradle'
has to be one of the most moving anti-war songs ever written.
This performance rediscovers the imaginative and stimulating work of Sydney Carter.

It is not a 'map to salvation', but more a compass pointing to a journey of possibilities or a possibility of journeys.

In Sydney's own words,
'A celebration of the spiritual and the secular, and in the end we may not be able to tell which is which.'

Franciscus Henri has been a performer for over three decades, having recorded over twenty music and story albums for adults and children and has presented concerts across Australia in Singapore and Canada. In 1972 he accompanied Sydney Carter on his Australian tour and subsequently presented 'Lord of the Dance ' as a promotional add for the Christian Television Association. Franciscus had the pleasure of presenting the work to much acclaim in Boston USA and at a memorial concert in London for Sydney in October 2007.

sydney Carter Sydney Carter was born in London in 1915.
Reading history at Bailiol college he wrote poetry and dreamed of being a painter and film producer. He became a teacher and during World war two he served in the Mediterranean with the friend's ambulance unit. From this determining experience flowed the possibilities of all his subsequent achievements.
Not only the hand full of classic songs that are known and loved world wide but also his work in satire and humanitarian politics and as the author of questioning probing songs about religion.

Sydney's work has been an inspiration to countless people and continues to be so. It is as relevant today as at the time it was created.

In 1999 Sydney succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease, To quote another English poet, the past for him had become "a strange land", where memory itself has no recollection.
Sydney Carter died 13 March 2004.
Sydney Carter may be no longer 'with us' but in his words and music, he is still travelling on.