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Dreaming in the Sand

Frrom Robbie James comes a classical piece, his String Quintet No. 3 in eight movements, performed live by Bentley String Quintet at New Benner Theatre in Brisbane. It evokes stories from the early period of colonisation through the lens of the dream of an ideal world made from two different cultures. The stories and the dream continue to shape Australia today. 

Dreaming in the Sand pays homage to the ancient Map Of Songs that began the story of our nation thousands of generations ago. 

From depictions of a day in the life of a kangaroo to a ghost at Botany Bay, Pemulwuy’s fight for his country to a convict woman’s bond with a First Nations man, the optimistic nature of the work is driven by the words that unite these two people from opposite sides of the world, “If we can dream of a beautiful world made from two different cultures, then it must be possible.” 
James’ debut classical release, String Quintet No. 4 The Marree Sisters, was released through ABC Classic in 2022. His previous albums are Secrets in the Sand (pop), 24 Hours a Night (jazz/pop) and Suzannah  Suite (classical/pop).

Track Listing

    Dreaming in the Sand: String Quintet No. 3 (Robbie James)

  1. I. Dreaming in the Sand (part one)
  2. II. Kangaroo
  3. III. Ghost on the Beach
  4. IV. Kangaroo Rides the Desert Skies
  5. V. The Gentle Warrior
  6. VI. Suzannah Sails
  7. VII. Dance on the Divide
  8. VIII. The Crow and the Irishman
  9. IX. Dreaming in the Sand (part two)

Where to buy

Dreaming in the Sand is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$20.00 AUD
Release date
June 2024
© 2024 Robbie James
℗ 2024 Move Records
Australian, Classical
Catalogue number
MCD 620
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574062021