|Great songs live forever. Whether you write ’em, sing ’em, or just love the stories they tell and the way they make you feel, make no mistake – the great ones will survive the blessed lot of us. Maurice Frawley left scores behind when he departed this world, after a short fight with cancer, in May 2009. To some folks – Paul Kelly, Charlie Owen, Tex Perkins, Tim Rogers, Mick Thomas and Don Walker for instance – plenty were already classics.
For the rest of us, Long Gone Whistle is a gift we never heard coming. This triple CD set features original performances by Maurice Frawley, plus new interpretations of his songs by Adalita, Sarah Blasko, Clare Bowditch, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, The Drones, Renée Geyer, Paul Kelly, Chrissy Amphlett & Charlie Owen, The Panics, Tex Perkins, Luke & Katy Steele, Dan Sultan Band, and many more Many of these singers – like most of the rest of us – never had the good fortune of knowing Maurice Frawley. But his songs came from a place that we all share, both geographically and emotionally. Lone Gone Whistle is the sound of it, hanging in the air forever.