Mt Victoria legend inspires singer-songwriter | Video

TALENT: Lyn and husband Martin Doherty are ready for his next performance. Picture: CIARA BASTOW.
TALENT: Lyn and husband Martin Doherty are ready for his next performance. Picture: CIARA BASTOW.

Irish born singer-songwriter Martin Doherty will be back performing a two hour show at Lithgow Workies Club on Friday, December 14. 

This is the first big show Wallerawang resident Doherty will have performed in five years with his band. 

“I am really looking forward to getting back to performing,” he said. 

Mr Doherty will perform his new song ‘Lady in Black’ which is based on the ghost of Victoria’s pass. 

According to legend, the ghost is of Caroline Collet who was born into a dysfunctional family and is buried in an unmarked grave in Hartley Vale Cemetery. 

In 1842 Caroline was brutally murdered at the age of 17, near the convict built stone bridge on Victoria Pass in the Blue Mountains. 

Her lover John Walsh was convicted of her murder. 

“We wanted to reveal the soft and venerable side of the 15 year old bride who married William Collet, not an axe wielding black spook, causing havoc on Victoria Pass for decades,” songwriter Lyn Doherty said. 

“When Martin and I decided to write a song about ‘The Ghost at the Second Bridge’ little did we realise we were about to embark on a very interesting journey.” 

The couple has put together a video clip on YouTube to go with the song that was produced by Leigh Birkett and features Keira Gray as the bride Caroline and Erin Gray as Caroline’s sister Marie.

Martin Doherty and his band. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Martin Doherty and his band. Picture: SUPPLIED.

According to Mr Doherty, some of the bridal scenes were filmed at Ambermere Historic Restaurant, Hartley, where Caroline once resided. There is also footage of her place of death, which is now ablaze with wattle and shaded by tall grey gums. 

The song will be just one of the heritage songs on the new album which was written by Lyn and the music by Martin. 

The couple decided to create heritage songs because no one else around the area was doing it. 

“We want to bring history to the present day and be aware of what’s happened in the past,” she said. 

The couple moved to Wallerawang from Sydney 15 years ago and felt inspired to write about the history of the area. 

Tickets for his concert are on sale now, which can be purchased at the reception of the Lithgow Workmen’s Club.