In years gone past, songs were the form of documenting our stories – telling the stories of those who had gone before, our histories, our tragedy’s and our hopes. Songs being the one thing that could transverse those feelings that could sometimes not be voiced.

This is at the very heart of The Soldier’s Wife.

Over the past 5 years -this small group of Queensland songwriters have gone on a truly remarkable songwriting journey – to tell the stories of women whose partners have served in conflict over the past 60 years. To tell the stories of Soldiers Wives and their families and of their personal sacrifice.

The songwriters have talked to over 100 women and their families – aged from 25 to 104 years old. From varying backgrounds and conflicts, from remote and regional areas to inner cities, their personal journeys all have similar themes.

The artists use their voices and their muse to hold legacy to these stories and to share them on stage – these are not just stories of incredible women – they are stories of our history and of the new generation.

“I think it is very important that the wider public get to know about our stories – about our experiences and how these have impacted on our lives. It is so beneficial for all the women involved to feel valued and heard” said Townsville resident and participant Suzi Vincent. Suzi lost her husband Tony in 2011 from melanoma originating from his naval service in Vietnam.

Tash McInnes who lost her father, also a Vietnam Veteran and wrote a song about him – “What these ladies do is amazing. They do such a wonderful job honoring not only our soldiers but also our families. Finally, we feel someone wants to hear our stories and our personal experiences”.

The artists involved represent a mix of vast songwriting experience and community experience and talent. Aust Jackie Marshall; Roz Pappalardo Emma Bosworth, Kristy Apps, Deb Suckling.

These stories have been documented into a double album and a book – giving further voice to these women and families and creating a way for the wider community to listen and learn from these experiences.

And now – the first short documentary has aired on the ABC’s Compass.

You can listen to all songs here – https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-soldiers-wife-vol-2/1241559718

For more information contact Deb Suckling @ sugarrush@optusnet.com.au