Thursday, 25 June 2015

Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 6




The Bush Music Club was founded in October 1954 & published the first issue of Singabout in January 1956. This issue included notice of BMC's First Annual Conference on Saturday 11th February at the International Seaman's Club. 

The final issue published was Vol. 6, no. 2, 1967. Issue 6(3) was prepared but never printed and BMC then relied on newsletter-style publications until Mulga Wire started in 1977.


Singabout 6(1) for 1966







New Songs

Wild Driver - tune Wild Rover - by Duke Tritton


The Sandy Hollow Line - Duke Tritton

The Answer's Ireland - John Dengate



The Battle of Castle Hill - John Dengate (tune - Maid of Fife)


Old Ho Chi Minh
- anon  (tune - Frankie & Johnny)

Concerning a Conscript's Death in Vietnam
- anon

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Collected Songs

Fine Girl You Are - collected & arranged by Seamus Ennis

Lovely Nancy - collected from Sally Sloane



Peter Clarke - collected from Mrs Gladys Scrivener

The Three Butchers - collected from Alex Angus of Gumly Gumly

Johnson-Jixen
- variant of The Three Butchers, supplied by Pete Seeger who learnt it from Alan Lomax in 1939

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 Verse 

Taxi Cab! - printed on the business card of a taxi firm in Lindesfarne, Hobart, supplied by Clarence Strochnetter, Tas


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Singabout 6(2) 1967 - final issue






New Songs

Lawson Centenary Song - John Dengate   (tune - Garten Mother's Lullaby)
new verse to The Shores of Botany Bay by Duke Tritton  

 
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Collected Songs

Eurunderee Creek
- collected from Duke Tritton

Another Fall of Rain - collected from Leo Dixon, Balmain

Tomahawking Fred - collected by Jack Bradsahw, the last of the bushrangers, & first published in his book The Quirindi Bank Robbery, 1899. Text adapted & set to traditional air, Killaroo by John Meredith

My Beautiful Muff - collected from the late Tom Gibbons, of Gulgong




The Truth of the Story (tune - Vilikins variant)



Caledonia - reproduced from an early Bush Music Club Song Sheet no. 2

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Reciter's Corner

Stooking Hay by Duke Tritton

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 5










]The Bush Music Club was founded in October 1954 & published the first issue of Singabout in January 1956. This issue included notice of BMC's First Annual Conference on Saturday 11th February at the International Seaman's Club. 

The final issue published was Vol. 6, no. 2, 1967. Issue 6(3) was prepared but never printed and BMC then relied on newsletter-style publications until Mulga Wire started in 1977.

Publication was sometimes irregular as funds for publication relied on the money raised at Singabout nights.

Singabout 5(1) 1963










Death of Dame Mary Gilmore - on the anniversary of the Eureka Stockade


 
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New Songs                

Hooker-Rex - written by a Sydney man

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Collected Songs           

I've been a Wild Boy - collected from Sally Sloane

The Black Velvet Band
- Bushwhacker Ballad no. 8

The Old Bark Hut  (long version)

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Collector's Corner
 
The Sailor's Lament - collected from Kevin Day, a seaman of Sydney.
     


 
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Singabout 5(2) October 1964






Ten Years of the Bush Music Club






Pete Seeger's visit to the Bush Music Club, 1963 - see blog article




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New Songs                

Malaysia Song by John Dengate

The Little Sparrow - music John Meredith    words - Launcelot Harrison

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Collected Songs     

The Wee One - collected from Sally Sloane

2 versions of Ten thousand Miles Away - collected from M. Marks, formerly of Leeds, UK  by Alan Scott, 2nd version collected from Mrs. Gwyneth Fry by Janet Wakefield

The Irishman's Song - learnt by Duke Tritton in 1910

Aboriginal Song - collected by Barbara Gibbons from Mr & Mrs Harold Kead and their friends, Aboriginal Settlement, Peak Hill, NSW

Dungenyul Song - collected by Barbara Gibbons from Chris Woodland who learnt it from Aboriginal friends in Bourke, NSW

The Border Fence - collected from unknown man by Glen Hamilton (tune - She wore red feathers and a hula-hula skirt)

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Collector's notebook

New variation of the I'm the best/Ugly Dave tradition written by Alan Scot


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Articles - 


Traditional Australian Bush Instruments, text of a lecture delivered by Alan Scott at a WEA Folk Lore Weekend, 15th July 1962

The First Few Years by Jamie Carlin  blog article June 2012


Instruction & music for The Galopede    




 










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Singabout 5(3) July 1965









 
















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New Songs                

The Peach Picker's Song by John Dengate, first verse by his father, Norm

The land that is known as W-O-O-L-L-O-O-M-O-O-L-O-O


A Shearer's Lament
by Ma
tt O'Connor


The Wild Colonial Don - published in several University song books in the 50s' & 60s

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Collected Songs     
Botany Bay collected from Mrs Scrivener

Morton's Bay  - fragment collected from Mr Ticehurst of Kogarah Bay
     
The Gatton Tragedy - sent to Gay Terry by her aunt Mrs I Beattie, Brisbane, Qld

Rockin' the Cradle - Irish song

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Articles

Origin of The Settler's Lament by Edgar Castle

Death of Duke Tritton




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Singabout 5(4) December 1965












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New Songs   


Ballad of the Schooner "Eclipse"  - John Dengate 


The Outside Track  - set to music by Tony McLachlan, 2nd Prize winner in club competition for the best setting of a Lawson poem

Whaling at Carnarvon - words & music by John Joseph Jones, WA. 1962     



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Collected Songs   




Flash Jack from Gundagai  - written between 1888 & 1893

 

Woolloomooloo - collected from Mrs S. Colley, Bathurst, NSW


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Background to The Stockman's Last Bed (Singabout 4(3), p.9)





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