Busking at the Markets






Waves of Coogee (instrumental)



Mary Rita



Get on Your Bike



Redevelopment Blues



Swan Sunset (instrumental)



Red Dingo



The Pelicans Know






Down Waratah Lane (instrumental)


  Mike Tarca – vocals & accordion
  Erik Kowarski – fiddle, guitar and bass guitar
  Reuben Kooperman – drums
  Adrian Tarca – saxophone

James T Webb - didgeridoo

  Rob Schulz - mandolin
  Emma McCoy - cello
  Lyndon Blue - double bass
Sheet music with Chords and all lyrics are available in a Song Book

CD Production Details
* Lyrics and music by Mike Tarca
* Recorded, mixed and mastered by Erik Kowarski at Pocket Universe, Bayswater, Western Australia
* Produced by Erik Kowarski and Mike Tarca
* Cover Painting by Elizabeth Merryweather


Emma visited the WA seaside town of Kalbarri in March 2006. The rain from the cyclone in the upper catchment of the Murchison River resulted in the highest ever recorded river levels. The song tells the story of how cyclone Emma brought a town together and is dedicated to all the towns-people who built the sand-bag levee that saved the town from being flooded.

Busking at the Markets was based on actual incidents, and provides an insight into the behind-the-scenes activities, that occurred on different busking nights at the Fremantle Markets over a number of years.

Enlightenment uses several references from the Gospels to describe some of the basics of Christianity. It takes for granted that God exists and refers to the love Jesus had for our precious children, the need for us to love God, the death of Jesus Christ and his subsequent resurrection as the ultimate sacrifice to save our souls.

Waves of Coogee, an instrumental, was written on a park bench overlooking the beach at Coogee, Sydney, in 2004, and has two tunes. The name of the first tune, Faimer Rise, was taken from the name of a prominent block of apartments at the northern end of the beach, and the second, Cookarumba, is dedicated to Captain Cook. Why name a tune after a block of apartments? No reason. The name just appealed.

Mary Rita was my aunty, although I never met her and for most of my life I never even knew of her. She died on 30 March 1934 as a five day old baby, in the country hospital where she was born. The official cause of her death was a “congenital stenosis of the bile ducts” but the story passed down in the family indicated otherwise. As very few people knew her, the song is intended as a memento of her, her death and the impact of her death.

Get on Your Bike was written in Amsterdam, sitting in my first floor apartment overlooking Sarphatistraat, when I lived there in 2007. The apartment windows provided what local realestate agents could have called canal “glimpses” in the distance, and also a clear view of the many bikes passing every day on the street below. One day I counted some 20 or so bikes for every car that passed. Bikes were used by the locals as a normal means of transport.

Redevelopment Blues is based on a local council redevelopment proposal. The proposal was initiated by the council contracting a town planner to prepare a redevelopment plan aimed at increasing the local urban density. The publication of the consultant’s report caused the strongest ever reaction to any issue in the council area.

Swan Sunset, an instrumental, was written on the banks of the Swan River in the late afternoon watching the setting sun. The song aims to capture the quiet peacefulness of this gracefully meandering river.

Red Dingo was inspired by the iconic red dingo painted on the grain silos on Stirling Highway, North Fremantle. The red dingo has guarded our western shores for many decades while watching over our ever evolving society.

The Pelicans Know was written at Kalbarri at a time when West Australians were debating the need for daylight saving time. Three previous referenda on daylight saving in WA were held in 1975, 1984 and 1992. In the lead-up to the 2009 referendum there was some discussion on why WA typically voted differently to the\ rest of Australia, if not the rest of the world on this issue. Introduced by the State Government in 2006 for a three year trial period, the 2009 referendum on May 16 rejected daylight saving by 53% to 44%. Similar levels of votes were recorded in each of the three previous referenda. In Kalbarri, the council rangers fed the pelicans when they came ashore every morning at 8:45 am. The feeding time was shown on the sign where the pelicans were fed. Soon after the daylight saving trials started, the rangers had to change the time on the sign to 9:45 am.

Vincent was written in Amsterdam after visiting the van Gogh Museum during my stay there in 2007. Like many others I had previously seen his paintings in books. However I found the overall impact of this collection of van Gogh paintings overwhelming and it drew me back to the museum two more times during my stay in Amsterdam. I later realised that while writing the song I was not conscious of, and had absolutely no recollection of, the lyrics or tune of the 1971 Don McLean classic, Starry Starry Night. That song is on the album American Pie, and it was also written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. Had I recalled at that time that Don McLean had already written “the” song on van Gogh, snippets of the lyrics or riffs of that tune may have drifted into my mind and made it impossible for me to write “Vincent”. Fortunately that did not occur.

Down Waratah Lane, an instrumental, consists of two tunes, The Shed and Big Ol’ Tree. It was written as a foot-thumping, leg-slapping dance tune. One of the features of country Australia is the large number of small towns spread across all of the Australian States. Going down one of the laneways in the back end of any of those towns, you may well find some bloke’s shed and a big old tree.




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