Genre : Australian bushranger story (A cappella)
Suitable for : middle-upper secondary & mature age choir
Moondyne Joe, or more correctly Joseph Bolitho Johns (c. 1826-13 August 1900) was perhaps Western Australia's best known bushranger. He is known to have been imprisoned at least 10 times in his life and is best remembered for the many times he escaped. Johns was eventually transported to Western Australia. Some of his escapes and subsequent recaptures are the stuff of legend, being audacious, inept, or both! He is remembered as a lover of freedom who became a somewhat romantic figure in the public's eyes. This is a challenging, energetic piece commissioned by Western Australia's Churchlands Senior High School in 2015 to be performed on their European Tour that year.