Sunday, 23 September 2018

Lost poem by Duke Tritton sent to Wild Colonial Days Society in 1965

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Thanks to Chris Woodland for sending this to BMC.



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Reedy River - TRIBUNE Wednesday May19th, 1954

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https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/212474414/








Other articles about 1954 production of 'Reedy River'

Review of Sydney production of Reedy River, Friday 26th February 1954, plus program & costume designs.

  
Memories of Reedy River & The Bush Music Club by Silvia Salisbury
Talks from BMC's 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years.      



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Friday, 21 September 2018

From the Archives - Burl Ives & the popularisation of Australian folk song

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This well-used folio is available in our Reference Library. (The State Library of Victoria has a pdf download of a pristine copy of this folio here)

In 1940 priest & musician Dr Percy Jones published an appeal for Australian folksongs in Melbourne's Sun News-Pictorial & collected many examples, some of which were later  given to Burl Ives when he visited Australia.

How Burl Ives popularised Australian folk songs. This program was broadcast by Radio National's RareCollections on Sunday 31 August 2014 & audio is no longer available.

The summary includes a pdf download of an article "Bring me songs" says Burl Ives in Australian Woman's Weekly, 7th May 1952, page 12, extract: One of the things I look forward to in Australia is that there will be, I know, a large number of people come and see me with songs for me to sing. You can tell Australians I want them to do that. I'm on the look-out for any real indigenous Australian folk songs, adapted aboriginal songs, or any English folk songs that have been kept alive one way or another -  The article is available here in TROVE.

Wikipedia on Australian Folk Songs (Decca DL 8749) is a 1958 album by Burl Ives  During his visit to Australia in 1952, invited there by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Ives met the Reverend Percy Jones, a professor of music at the University of Melbourne. The two men compiled a book of Australian folk songs and Ives recorded an album, "collected and arranged" by Jones, which were later released in the United States and elsewhere as Australian Folk Songs. (read on) 


Burl Ives' Folio of Australian folk Songs (Sydney, Southern Music Publishing, 1953)

 
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2. first song


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4.  This carbon copy was found between pages 18 & 19


5. Green grow the rushes,


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Australia's Lost Folk Songs. The treasures that slipped through Percy Jones's fingers, by
Keith McKenry. Rams Skull, 2008. Australian Folklore - Occasional Paper no.25.
Copies are available from Rams Skull Press & Trad & Now On-line shop  

 A scholarly work of serious note. This book detailing about 50 Australian folk songs and fragments of many others is published by the Rams Skull Press, and produced under McKenry's own Fanged Wombat Productions. It's #25 of a series of papers known as Australian Folklore Occasional Papers, published by Rams Skull Press.

McKenry's aim was to present a range of folk songs that seemed to have slipped under the guard of contemporary Australian folk singers. He used fragments of songs published in the Sun News-Pictorial in 1940, where readers provided verses of songs they had heard or sung themselves. McKenry then sourced many of them putting them in context, detailing the history of each song, each fully referenced with words, music and guitar chords. The book is illustrated by, and dedicated to, the late Ron Edwards. There is a comprehensive bibliography, references used, cross references and annotated remarks. In his introduction, McKenry asserts that many early collectors of Australian folk songs, or bush songs, ignored songs that originated in urban areas.

McKenry also notes that many songs from states other than the 3 main Eastern were not collected either. However in the early 40's an appeal was put in the Sun News-Pictorial for readers to send in Australian folk songs they knew. Unfortunately the requestor did not follow up many of the leads which leads McKenry research to piece together scraps or fragments of songs. As a person who is interested in documenting and archiving Australian music, I welcome this book. It would be of interest to those of you who have an interest in learning new songs or learning about where folk songs originated.
Review by Chris Spencer from Trad & Now.


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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Extracts from Singabout - John Arcott, Melbourne composer who set to music the work of a number of Australian worker-poets

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The Bush Music Club published many new songs & poems in Singabout, Journal of Australian Folk Song between 1956 and 1967. This series lists the works of these writers and musicians and provides biographical information where possible.


Aims of the Bush Music Club, Singabout 1(1), Summer 1956




Singbout 1(1) Summer, 1956, p.17  

He was the winner of the first "Findatune" competition, for the tune to It's Lovely Down the Pit My Lad
by Mick Lawson   Music: John Arcott.

 
Singabout 1(1),
p.12, 1956
A Man of the Earth by Jock Graham  Music by John Arcott
Singabout, 1(2), p.11, 1956

 
Victory at Bowen
by Ross Tracie, music John Arcott
Singabout 1(2)


The Rona's Last Trip
by Merv Lilley   Music: John Arcott

Singabout 1(4)

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One of his tunes was included in the 1988 edition of Chris Kempster's Songs of Henry Lawson

 
 The Glass on the Bar,  p. 56 

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It is not easy to find information on John Arcott (sometimes referred to as John Arcot)  

An enquiry to the State Library of Victoria asking for information on John Arcott/Arcot, composer, Melbourne, 1950s received the following reply -  I am one of the librarians working in the Arts Team here at State Library Victoria, and I am responding to you regarding the composer John Arcott. I'm afraid I wasn't able to locate any further information regarding him. The manuscript archive that you referred to merely contains music credited to him - no further details about him are contained within. I also did a search of the Melbourne metropolitan telephone directory for a few years in the 1950s, and didn't find any J. Arcott's (or any Arcot's or Arcott's, for that matter). Hopefully you have better luck with the NLA.


Vol. 1: 7 sonnets of John Keats set to music; Vol. 2: Rejected entries for the Australian National Anthem Quest, 1973 with a forward by Ralph Traill; Article by Ralph Traill "Blest pair of sirens (reprinted from The Rationalist 1963 Mar.-Apr.); Sonatas for violin and pianoforte; Sonatas for violoncello and pianoforte; Suite in G for small orchestra, with notes; Vol. 3: Copies of original music: Clarinet part to Dead Man's Glory (words by David Martin set to music by John Arcot); Songs of poems by David Martin set to music by John Arcott; Songs of poems by Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore set to music by John Arcott.
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Papers of Dame Mary Gilmore in the National Library
Series IV. Sheet music
Eight pieces, including drafts and copies of "Australian Battle Cry", "Six poems by Dame Mary Gilmore set to music by John Arcot" and Six songs from the South (words by Mary Gilmore; music by G.H. Clutsam) (3 folders + 1 volume).

A copy of Singabout: Journal of Australian folk song: v.3, no.1, Summer, 1958 (Item 26)  is also included in her papers.
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Papers of David Martin in the National Library 

3 ‘Poem for Laura’: radio play
Script containing an insert of a short piece of music composed by John Arcot, with words by Martin (43pp)
4 ‘The rising of the men’: stage play, c1968
2 bound copies of edited script (74pp). Includes two short pieces of music composed by John Arcot, with words by Martin

Series 41 Music
The musical scores, mostly undated, were written specifically for selected poems of Martin. Most of the music has been composed by John Arcot, but there are also compositions by Berkeley Fase, John Gordon, Wendy Hiscocks, Jenifer Mann, Bernard Stevens and Ralph Traill.

Folder/item
1 Photographs of musical scores by John Arcot for ‘Armistice’ and ‘Dead man’s glory’
Correspondence with Ralph Traill, 1959-64

Folio 1 Music by John Arcot:
‘The almond tree’
‘Apple and arrows’
‘Armistice’
‘Bagpipes in Hobart’
‘Blinded in Spain’
‘Collinsville’, 1961
‘Credo’
‘The empty goal at Castlemaine’
‘Four in the march’
‘Give me a word’
‘In Flanders’, 1959
‘Jarrama, ten years’
‘New Year’s Eve’
‘On the retreat’
‘One day the young will die no more’
‘Soldiers, 1939’
‘Song of the Jarama front’
‘Spring song’
‘The triangle and the star’
‘With a broad sickle’

The papers also include 3 tunes by Jennifer Mann who is featured in Singabout 1(3)


Music by Jenifer Mann: 'The lovely lasses of Innisfail' (Item 1c) - Folio-Box 1

Music by Jenifer Mann:'Song without words' (Item 1c) - Folio-Box 1

Music by Jenifer Mann:'To my daughter-in-law unknown' (Item 1c) - Folio-Box 1

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Papers of Ralph Cuthbert Traill in the National Library
 
Ralph Traill was Deputy Director for the Victorian Scientific Liaison Bureau from 1943 and Chairman of the Victorian Division of the Australian Association of Scientific Workers from 1942. He was a research chemist at Leathercloth Pty Ltd from 1935 to 1940 and a biochemist at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories from 1940 to 1943. Traill was later appointed Vice Principle of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.




An entry in the National Library of Australia catalogue for a manuscript collection c.1977
Music, 1954-1973 [manuscript].  Traill, Ralph C. (Ralph Cuthbert) 

The contents include - Clarinet part to Dead Man's Glory (words by David Martin set to music by John Arcot); Songs of poems by David Martin set to music by John Arcott; Songs of poems by Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore set to music by John Arcott. 

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Collection of music manuscripts ​ by Ralph Traill, 1953-1983. in the National Library 

Creator - Traill, Ralph C. (Ralph Cuthbert), (composer.) 

extract -
  • Collection of bound and unbound notated music by Ralph Traill ; in some scores the composer is given as John Arcot, Traill's pen name. Collection comprises 21 holograph bound volumes (in fair copy) and a bundle (about 150 pages) of other compositions, some in pencil draft, some photocopied.
  • The vocal music includes settings of David Martin, Henry Lawson, Mary Gilmore and John Keats ; other items include instrumental sonatas, piano music, a Suite in C and a Suite in G for small orchestra, various items of chamber music and a volume of six, "Rejected entries for the Australian National Anthem Quest 1973" ; some items come with typescript annotations by the composer and other various handwritten and typescript leaves.

John Arcott/Arcot was Ralph Traill's pen name.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The Bushwhackers trip to Mudgee for the first annual Henry Lawson celebrations, 7th-8th September, 1956

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Extracts from Keith McKenry's John Meredith and the Fight for Australian Tradition (Dural, Rosenberg, 2014)
pp.167-168.

Mudgee Mail, 6 Sept 1956: a notice by Mudgee Mayor Robert Roth, stating the Sydney Bushwhackers Band will be performing in the Mudgee Town Hall on Saturday Sept 8th 1956 [and the following day they will do a concert at the Lawson memorial at Eurunderee] Correspondence with Keith, 2017 


Unfortunately neither of these articles are available in TROVE.

Report by J.M. (John Meredith) on the visit to Mudgee, Singabout 1(4) Spring 1956, page 14.






Bushwhackers at Lawson birthplace (BMC archives)
Brian Loughlin (lagerphone), Harry Kay (harmonica), Cec Grievas (bones, behind Harry), Alan Scott (whistle), John Meredith (accordion), Jack Barrie (bush bass), Chris Kempster (guitar)



Report in BMC minutes 27th Sept 1957 (Archives - Minutes 1957-1978)


 

 
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Thanks to Mid Western Regional Council Library for the following newspaper clippings from The Mudgee Guardian.


 

 
Thurs 6th Sept 1956 

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Thursday 6th Sept 1956

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Monday 10th Sept 1956
 
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Dud Mills, poet & bones player was featured in Singabout 2(2) Sept 1957, page 9 & Singabout  2(3), December 1957


 
Singabout 2(2), Sept 1957, p.9

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Thurs 13th Sept, 1956

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Duke's Place Australian Songs in Concert & Session with Ten Quid Poms, Friday 9th November, 7.30 for 8pm

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Friday 9th November, 7.30 for 8pm

Bush Music Club  
Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Road, Marrickville


Robin Connaughton and John Warner, THE TEN QUID POMS, started singing together about five years ago,  and the duo was an instant success with a number of festival, club and concert performances, recently  including backing the German/Celtic group Cara and a stand-up ovation for a May day concert in Wollongong.


 (photo Marion Connaughton)

Look to them for great and creative harmonies, clever instrumentation and a lively stage presence, including the audience in their songs. They will take you into beautiful places in our heritage, as well as happy and sad ones. They have their roots in traditional Australian and English music, and compose many songs in the same genre, as well as singing those of other Australian writers, such as John Dengate and Alistair Hulett. John has written a huge number of songs, and many themed albums, including Yarri of Wiradjuri and Pithead and the Fern. The two of them collaborated to write We Made The Steel, about Robin's experiences in the NSW steelworks, very well received in England as well as Australia.


Duke's Place, 2nd Fridays February to December, 7.30 for 8pm start - concert is followed by a session.

$10, BYOG and a contribution for supper  


enquiries Sandra 9358 4886 

www.bushmusic.org.au         http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/

Map of Addison Road Centre     http://www.arcco.org.au/contact/

Duke's Place, named after our honoured early member Harold 'Duke' Tritton (1886-1965), is the place to go once a month for a great night of Australian songs in concert and session. Duke was a powerful singer who supplied BMC with many songs he had learnt in his younger days while working as a shearer and at other bush jobs. He was also a songwriter and poet giving us songs that have entered the tradition such as Sandy Hollow Line and Shearing in the Bar.




Duke Tritton, drawing by Hottie Lahm, 1959

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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Louise Murray collection - Playford & Boadicia Women's Morris

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Thanks to Lou for sharing her photos & to Mike Young for adding names of Playford dancers.

Boadicia Women's Morris, 12th September 1982



1.  Meredith, Jenny, Anne, Louise


2.  Back of no. 1


3.  Janet, Carol, ?, Meredith, Louise "Shooting"


4.  Back of no. 3


5. "Bluebells" Carol, Jill, Anne, Louise


7.  Back of no. 5.


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Playford at 23rd National Folk Festival, Sutherland, Easter 1988 



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8. left -
Patricia Early (blue),    Mike Waters (right)



9.  Back of 8


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Playford at Blacktown


10.  Blacktown - 
Yoshi, Jaan, Maureen, Ros, Jim G, Louise, Lorraine, Mike, Patricia, Sharyn



11. Back of no. 10

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Playford at Windsor, 1988



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14. Back of no.13

 

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Playford at N
ewcastle Folk Festival


15. Eric Eisler & Louise




16. Back of no. 15


17.  l to r -
Phil Baker, Errol, Bryden, Patricia

18. back of no. 17


19. Tess Mallos,
Louise,
 
20. Back of no. 19

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Playford at Picton Music Festival, Town Square, Argyle St

21.
Lou, Mike Young, Jim Gambling, Margaret Winnett, Alex Bishop, Patricia Early


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Playford at National Folk Festival, 2001?


Ros thinks the NFF performance may have been 2001. It was definitely no earlier than 2000 and I don't think it would be later than 2003 as I don't have any digital pictures of it and I got my first digital camera in 2003. I think the girl in green is probably Susie Bishop. (Mike)


Dancers - Julie & Alex Bishop & Susie Bishop, Jaan Boersma, Jim Bradman, Pat Burnett, Patricia Early, Eric Eisler, Jim Gambling, Sharyn Mattern, Louise Murray,  Lorraine Tomlinson, Yoshi, Ros & Mike Young,


22.
Louise & JimG, Julie & Alex, Sharyn & Susie. Standing out Patricia, Yoshi, Eric




23. Ros & Mike (front), back Louise & JimG, Julie, Alex, Sharyn, Susie. Standing out Patricia, Yoshi, Eric


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25.
looks like Love 'em and Leave 'em. Not really Playford but written by a former member of the group, Noreen Grundsheit.
Yoshi, Eric, Lorraine, Jaan (top hat), JimB, Sharyn & Mike. Standing out - JimB, Lou, Susie.



26.  Lou, Yoshi, Mike, JimG, Alex, Julie, Patricia. Standing out
Pat, JimB



27.
Eric & Patricia,
JimG & Julie, Yoshi & Mike at front,  Louise & Alex. Standing out - Pat, JimB, Lorraine, Jaan.


28. Eric, Yoshi, Patricia, Louise, Julie & Alex, Mike.  Standing out - Pat, JimB, Lorraine, Jaan



29. JimG, Julie, Lou, Patricia, Eric



30. Patricia, Lou, Yaan, JimB, Eric & Susie behind Jim, Yoshi, Sharyn (blue), Alex & Julie, Mike, Ros, JimG, Lorraine



31.  Yoshi, Yaan, Eric, Lou, Julie, Patricia, Alex, Susie, Lorraine, Jim B, Sharyn (blue, cut off)

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