In 1963 Pete & Toshi Seeger & their children left America for a trip around the world, visiting 22 countries in 10 months.
While they were in Australia Pete visited the (Sydney) Bush Music Club where Pete was very impressed by traditional singer Harold "Duke" Tritton, source of many traditional songs & an outstanding songwriter & poet. He even called Duke on stage to join him at a concert, a call not appreciated by a teenage folkie who wanted to hear Pete, not an old bloke. Soon after the teenage folkie became a convert to bush music & an admirer of Duke. (source - Ralph Pride)
Copies of the films taken by the Seegers during their visits to Sydney & Melbourne were given to the Sydney & Melbourne Bush Music Clubs at the time.
In 2009 a video Pete Seeger Live in Australia 1963 was published from recordings made on this tour.
Pete's interview with Duke This crackly video was made from a copy of the original film given to the Bush Music Club.
Earlier contact with Pete
Minutes Friday 26th June, 1957 mention a letter from Pete Seeger, which unfortunately has not survived. (BMC Archives, Minutes1957-1978)
Suggestion arising out of Discussion, undated, filed before AGM Minutes, Friday 14th February 1958 (pages 16A & 16E) (Archives, Minutes1957-1978)
Visitors Book, 9 Mar 1963 to 5 May 1970
Signatures of Pete & Duke Tritton, Tuesday 3rd Sept 1963.
The Sun, Sat Aug 31, 1963. Members Chris Kempster on guitar, Frank on tea-chest bass & Jan Jones on bones, none of them University students, might have been accompanied by members of the Sydney University Folk Music Society. (Ann & Frank Maher Collection)
Invitation to Concert for Pete Seeger, Sat Sept 1, 1963 (Ann & Frank Maher Collection)
Song by BMC members Alan Scott & John Dengate