Hold on to Your Horse
Ashlea Reale wrote the song 'Hold on to Your Horse' about the exploits of Mid West bushgranger Frank Thomas. Accompanied by Marlie Wanseth, she performed the song alongside the 10863 Bushranger exhibition in both Carnamah and Fremantle. The song is featured in the online version of the exhibition and can be found on her album Dead Men Tell No Lies.
"Frank Thomas was just a bit of a troublemaker really. He had an unfortunate end for a bushranger." - Ashlea
Ashlea Reale is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and high school music teacher. She takes inspiration from the mystery and plight of characters from Western Australia's past. She has performed at folk music festivals across Australia and internationally.
To quote Triple J Unearthed, Ashlea "is a prominent fixture in the Western Australian folk scene, bringing local folklore to the forefront. She captivates audiences with her charming stories of local outlaws while her songwriting style displays her ability to combine humour with the heartfelt through clever melodic devices. Forgotten stories of bushrangers, convicts, lust and misfortune come to life through her raw, emotional songwriting. Her presence exudes a humble confidence that encompasses her well rounded musicianship."