The Story of Skippy by Ed Devereaux
In this spoken word recording, set to music, Ed Devereaux recites a long poem telling the story of Skippy and Sonny and how they first met.
'The Story of Skippy' is the first track on the record Ed Devereaux Sings and Tells the Story of Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo, released to tie-in with the popularity of the hit TV series. The other three tracks are: 'Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo' and versions of 'Along the Road to Gundagai' and 'Waltzing Matilda'.
'The Story of Skippy' is interesting for offering a backstory to Skippy and Sonny ('the boy') that is largely absent from the television show. Devereaux performs it with gusto, engagingly matching his intonation to the rise and fall in the music.
With Devereaux's soothing tones, and the gentle musical backing, this recording could well have been used to lull young children to sleep.
The orchestra on the recording is conducted by Rocky Thomas.
Notes by Stephen Groenewegen and Adam Blackshaw