Earth People Fair - Single

by Formidable Vegetable



Featuring the remote Gascoyne River's Yagu Wila Choir and Charlie Mgee on ukulele & vocals, salsa-flavoured beats from Lord Dazastah of legendary Aussie hip-hop outfits Downsyde & AB Original, an orchestra of strings and horns concocted by Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan and sophisticated electronic production from Melbourne producer, Spoonbill, this is Formidable Vegetable’s slickest track to date.

Earth People Fair is a manifesto to finding a sense of ‘home’ from the perspective of someone who has often felt out of place. Coming from a more personal angle, Formidable Vegetable singer-songwriter, Charlie Mgee shares a desire to more deeply understand and know true connection to country, a concept most familiar to indigenous cultures around the world. As a descendant of colonisers, he recognises the challenges this poses, but still feels it to be of incredible importance in order to find our place in the world so we can ultimately give it (and ourselves) the care it so desperately needs.

Partly inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s book ‘Dark Emu’, Mgee points to an urgent need for Australians to start recognising and adopting more sustainable land use in an ecologically-fragile country, attempting to draw links between traditional indigenous practices and more modern systems of permaculture as a way for its more recent inhabitants to try and adapt to the increasingly harsh conditions we all face.


released January 18, 2019

Recorded at MaxSound, Chez Mal & the Desert Feet truck.
Engineered by Max Power, Andrew Chambers & Jim Moynihan
Production by Spoonbill, Dazastah & Formidable Vegetable.

Ukulele, vocals & drums: Charlie Mgee
Beats: Dazastah
Horns: Mal Webb
Violin: Kylie Morrigan
Yagu Wila Choir: Janine Oxenham, Petha Farrer Shoveller, Carlien Jeanne, Aria Scarlett, Bec Schofield, Dave Mann & James Abberley.


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Formidable Vegetable Fremantle, Australia

Permaculture funk-swing for a changing world.

With a wheelbarrow full of dirty electro radish-beets, crusty jazz ukulele, swingin' strings and hyperactive horns, Formidable Vegetable are here to sow the garden of your mind with seeds of future-resilience in the funkiest way possible.

"So infectious that the most ardent climate sceptic would have trouble staying still"- Sydney Morning Herald.
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Track Name: Earth People Fair
I wanna see myself as a part of the whole
grow some food for my family food bowl
stand my ground but give up control
know the boundaries but tear down all the walls
won't give up or give in to apathy
gonna plant a tree then plant another three thousand
now's the time to start feeding my soul
feet in the soil
believing anything is possible

As I get older some things become clearer
the end of my life is always getting nearer
focussing on the things that bring meaning
food, community, love and healing
been getting tired of all this moving around
wanna bring it back home to a simple piece of ground
been talking bout it til my mouth is dumb
but all I wanna do it make a deeper connection with some

Earth people fair
I've been looking for the
Earth people fair
Show me where to find the
Earth people fair, yeah

A stray alien wandering this ancient land
so much of the dream that I still don't understand
been lookin at ya but I'd rather see you
and follow the path of that old dark emu
some day my body's gonna breathe it's last
yeah, I'm aware that this too shall pass
but til then, I'll keep singin to the open air
hoping there's time to
Advance Earth People Fair.

Earth People fair
I've been looking for the
Earth people fair
Show me where to find the
Earth people fair, yeah

Earth people fair
get together with the
Earth people fair
let me hear it for the
Earth people fair, yeah.