Peter and Den inspired by convict stories

CONVICT: A convict past inspires some music for Peter Monaghan and Denise Parker. The duo will perform at Thornlands on November 17.

CONVICT: A convict past inspires some music for Peter Monaghan and Denise Parker. The duo will perform at Thornlands on November 17.

The misfortune of Peter Monaghan's great great grandfather was the inspiration for his CD Convict Ship, being presented with Denise Parker as featured artists for Folk Redlands at the Redlands Country Music Club, Thornlands on November 17.

Monaghan's Irish great-great grandfather, Pat was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit during a harsh time in history.

Pat was accused of highway robbery in Sussex, England, 1817 and imprisoned in the British prison hulk, Leviathan. British prison hulks were decommissioned ships used as floating prisons in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Monaghan has written a collection of songs which depict the story of lost love and the life of a convict coming to terms with the injustice of his sentence.

The album is an engaging mix of ballads with country/folk/shanty songs. There is a poignant mix from the romantic to the rollicking sea faring songs.

an engaging mix of ballads with country/folk/shanty songs.

Known as Peter and Den, the duo has been performing together for seven years.

Monagahan has been associated with the Brisbane folk scene for 20 years performing solo, and as part of Brisbane folk bands, The Wayfarers and The Red Hill Boys.

Parker is known for her dulcet tones and has been singing and performing most of her early life, including working as a soprano with Brisbane Chorale in symphonic and lighter concerts accompanied by Queensland and international orchestras.

Peter and Den's usual repertoire includes a mix of traditional, contemporary and original songs, but this program will focus on tracks from the new album.

The duo promises an entertaining and stirring afternoon with rich vocals and subtle harmonies underpinned by engaging guitar and mandolin.

The event will commence with a two-hour blackboard session where walk-in performers can perform a 15-20 minute slot on a first-in basis from 1pm to 3pm.

Entry is $3 for Folk Redlands members and $5 non-members.

Annual membership is $5.

Folk Redlands is a not for profit club with a focus on bringing people together through music.

The next event will be the club's Christmas party to be staged on November 30.

Regular musical events are held on the third Sunday of the month. More on folkredlands.org