Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky is a feature storyteller at the Newport Folk Festival.
In 1984, Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky was lucky enough to record the life story of Phar Lap's strapper and legendary horseman, Tommy Woodcock (1905-1985).
Now those recordings are a book and CD set, titled 'Me & Phar Lap', and Jan is out and about with a talk- cum-show titled 'Phar Lap, Tommy and Me', where he plays and sings about Tommy and Phar Lap, recounts the story using the voice of Tommy himself, and delves into the mysteries surrounding one of Australia's big stories. But most of all it's a love story between a horse and a man, and audiences such as at the National Folk Festival have loved it as a listening experience of rare poignancy and humour.
Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky is a storyteller/musician with a 40 year career behind him, beginning as a founder of The Bushwackers Band in 1971, and taking him through theatre, broadcasting, documentary film making, publishing and his unique brand of solo shows that mix story, music, poetry and song. (www.janwositzky.com.au)
Full details about the Newport Folk Festival here.