Saturday, September 14, 2019

Currency "First Exchange ~ Rocking Australian Folk" LP 1982

The rip of this album was provided by the Victorian Bush Folkie. It has cleaned up well,

Currency (not to be confused with the Currency Lads group featured elsewhere on this blog) was a Canberra based folk group.

Obviously a talented group of musicians who like to venture into folk rock with both skill and enthusiasm.

They even have a condensed and modified version of the "The Bastard of the Bush" aka "The Captain of the Push" suitable for play in mixed company. It hangs together pretty well. And they even have some tracks featuring the less seen songs.

Tracklist
1. Bluey Brink
2. I know who is sick
3. The Miner
4. Hangman Noose
5. Death of Dan Morgan
6. Bastard from the bush
7. Come Listen
8. Wreck of the Amphitrite
9. Double Dissolution (instrumental)
10, Labouring with the hoe
11. Cuckoo's Nest (with a bit of "Navvy on the Line")

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Robbie Brock with Dougie Maclean "On the Blooming Queensland Side - Old Songs and New Songs about Australia" LP 1988

This rip was provided by Tassie Ian and I have only done a modicum of editing.

According to the rear of the LP slip, Robbie Brock is a born and bred Queenslander who obviously found his way to Scotland where he recorded this album at the studio of Scottish folk singer Dougie Maclean and it sounds like Dougie also provided some instrumental backing.

A Narelle Nugent also sings one of the tracks and appears to provides occasional vocal backing.  Both Narelle and Robbie are unknown to me.

To all appearances there was ample and varied instrumental backing but no details are advised.

The album was produced by Warren Fahey's Larrikin label. The music is a mixed lot of both songs and instrumentals. Not that impressive an album but the first track has captured my interest.

Tracklist
1.  The Blooming Queensland Side
2. Spirit of Erin  (In the spirit of  'Dennis O'Reilly')
3. Didjeree
4. September Below
5. Birds on the Track
6. Zig Zag Lady
7. Sad Song Currawong
8. Isle of Skye (just about love of the Isle - no Prince Charlie)
9. The Hat Man's Lament
10. Two Professional Hums
11. Didjereetoo

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Friday, May 17, 2019

The Good Time Bush Band "At Parmy's Woolshed Berrima" 1981 LP

Another good album from Tassie Ian; Nice and clean thus requiring only basic cleaning.
Berrima is a lovely, historic little village in the NSW Southern Highlands highly dependent on tourism.

Parmy's Woolshed was previously unknown to me but apparently it was licensed from 1978 to 1990 in the category "theatres and public halls".

Likewise, I had never heard of this group before. Nevertheless, their performances on this album are competent, lively and entertaining. The members are identified by their names as Parmy, Lindsay, Rick, Rod, Tim, Willie and Bob. Their signatures add a little more. Parmy is possibly a Nev Parmenter. Lindsay may be a Lindsay Martin, and Rod appears to have the family name of Johnson. Tim is clearly Timothy Lee and Bob is Bob Piggott.  There is nothing further for Rick and Willie. Information to mr.stockman@gmail.com will be very welcome.

Tracklist
1. Good Time (group intro. song)
2. Billy of Tea
3. Flash Jack from Gundagai
4. Whispering Castle Music
5. Murshin Durkin (sic)
6. Let's do something cheap and superficial
7. Can't get the stuff no more
8. Twofold Bay
9. Wild Rover
10. The Cockies of  Bungaree
11. Wild wood flower (sic)/Skip to my lou
12. The rye buck shearer (sic)
13. Are you kissing more now
14. With my swag all on my shoulder

Below, click on whichever version prefer. All graphics including an inner graphic are included. Tracks and graphics are in a Zip file which must be decompressed.
Flac (lossless) version 241MB
MP3 version 256-320 VBR 71MB

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Raglan Road - Untitled LP c1980

Tassie Ian provided the material for this LP. Many thanks. Good clean tracks which needed only a medium level of cleaning.

Raglan Road mainly performed in Sydney venues from 1979 into the '80s. This was the first of their albums - an EMI custom production.   The release year is unknown to me but it precedes the subsequent 1983 re-release of the album by Larriken Records with the addition of a title - "Irish Folk Songs" (In fact it is an eclectic mix of Irish, English, Scottish songs along with their versions of "The Lachlan Tigers" and the USA "Coal Tattoo).

The band was then composed  0f four members, namely, two Irish expats Martin Doherty and Jim Donnelly, a Scottish lass Kirsty McCallum, and one Tom Minogue about which I can find nothing. (He has been recorded as a Tom Manogue on Discogs and elsewhere but I suspect that this is an error brought by the elaborate calligraphy on the rear of the LP cover.) Can anyone help with this gentleman? He was not in the band in its later years.

They were obviously good performers. I would have loved to have seen a live performance.

UPDATE
One of our kind visitors has pointed out that there is a Raglan Road Reunion site. Click Here to visit it. There is a lot of history and also a CD and a DVD available to purchase.

Tracklist
1. Coal Tattoo
2. Rambling Irishman
3. We're Alive
4. Church street ~ Blackrock  Polka medley (instrumental)
5. Fear An Bhata
6. Lachlan Tigers
7. Broom o'Cowden Knowes
8, A piper's prayer (instrumental)
9. Blackleg Miner
10. The town I loved so well
11. Sally free and easy
12. Anathea
13. The Old Triangle

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Larrikin Records "Waltzing Matilda: Songs of the Australian Bush" LP 1980 CD 1990

LP Cover 1980
CD cover 1990
Ian from Tasmania recently sent me a rip of, and graphics for, Larrikin Records LR118 "Seven Creeks Run" which I did a fair bit of work on even though the graphics and tracks seemed very familiar. Well, familiarity with the tracks was not a big issue because it was obviously a compilation of tracks from previous Larrikin albums. To cut a long story short, I eventually identified that I had, many years ago, copied a borrowed CD which was actually a 1990 re-release on CD but titled "Waltzing Matilda: Songs of the Australian Bush".

So here, somewhat belatedly, are FLAC and MP3 files from the CD issue. It is possible that regular downloaders already have most if not all of the tracks from LPs previously featured in this blog but here is your chance to get clean, unmodified copies.

Otherwise, this album can serve as a very good sampler for the featured artists.

Incidentally, The 1981 ABC-Larrikin 2LP set "While the Billy Boils" is in a similar vein to this album.

Tracklist with performers:
1. The Flash Stockman - Danny Spooner
2. The New Chum Shearer - Jacko Kevans
3. Song of the Artesian Waters - Cathie O'Sullivan
4.Ballad of the Kelly Gang - Dave de Hugard
5. Girls of the Ivory/Manchester Gallop - Mike and Michelle Jackson
6. The fire at Ross's Farm - Ted Simpson
7. Tumba-Bloody-Rumba - Warren Fahey
8. Seven Creeks Schottische- The Larrikins
9. Bluey Brink - Cathie O'Sullivan
10. The red-hot Wood stove - Bushwackers
11. Flash Jack the shearer - Trevor Shearston
12. The Free Selector's daughter - Mike and Michelle Jackson
13. One of the has-beens - Warren Fahey
14. Click go the shears - Martyn Wyndham-Read
15. The Ryebuck Shearer - Wild Colonial Boys
16. The Springtime it brings on the shearing - Dave de Hugard
17. Waltzing Matilda (Queensland version) - A.L. Lloyd

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Monday, October 29, 2018

LeGarde Twins "Ballads of the Bushlands" LP 1960s

Tom and Ted LeGarde, identical twins, were born into a large sugarcane farming family near MacKay, Queensland, Australia in 1931. Apparently, they were inspired at an early age by both country music combined with Hopalong Cassidy films. At age 15, they either joined the rodeo circuit as "cowboys" or went west to become jackaroos. Possibly, both stories are pure fiction created to later provide greater credit as C&W singers especially in America.

By 1947, at the age of 16, they became part of the Buddy Williams  Wild West Show so they were obviously accomplished musicians by then. They also toured with other traveling shows often billed as the "Yodelling Stockmen". Such troupes always appeared at the major Agricultural Shows and  also the then limited rodeo circuit and selected country agricultural shows.

They signed with Rodeo Records from 1950 to 1952, and in the latter year they also signed up with a manager who reportedly help them to polish up their act and encouraged personal development. They went on to release a number of hit records with Regal Zonophone Records. In late 1954, they arranged to meet William Boyd, the Hopalong Cassidy actor, when he toured Australia. Boyd hired them to be part of his highly successful Australian tour. Boyd was to keep in touch with the twins which inspired them to try their luck in America.

They arrived in California in 1957 and, helped by their connections, they gained a reasonable degree of popularity. This featured album was produced in probably 1960 or 1961 and was directed at the American audience. The twins returned to Australia in 1963 with some limited success. In 1965, they again went to the USA and, from 1973, they began a three-year period with the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.

They continued with their involvement in the world of Country and Western Music in the USA up to 2010. If interested, google the "LeGarde Twins" to see a documentary and other information about them. Sadly, Ted LeGarde died in August 2018.

This album features 13 tracks; mostly  traditionals. I cannot identify when it was produced but, in 1960, there was a reel-to-reel tape release under the same same with 11 of the tracks. This LP added two further tracks, namely, their slightly modified version of Marie Cowan's 1910 version of "Waltzing Matilda" and the theme song from the 1957 film "Shiralee", supposedly a word meaning "burden" but the twins changed the title and their pronunciation  to "Sherilee".  I presume that they were mistaken. The film was an adaption from a D'Arcy Niland novel of the name. For those unfamiliar with the film, the central male character, played by Peter Finch, was a swagman traveling between different jobs and he ends up taking his young daughter, "Buster", on the track with him. She thus becomes his burden, of course, in a nice way as it turns out.

"Dreamtime for Jedda" is from the soundtrack of the 1954 film "Jedda".

Tracklist:
1. Waltzing Matilda (modified Cowan version)
2. The Shearers' Jamboree
3. Rover no more (Wild Rover)
4. The Ned Kelly Song (Ned Kelly was born in a ramshackle shack)
5. Stockman's last bed
6. Across the western plains
7. Cooee call
8. Ooleera
9. Click go the shears
10. The Dying Stockman
11. Sherilee (Shiralee)
12. The Murray Moon
13. Dreamtime for Jedda

We owe a vote of thanks to Ian of Tasmania for providing a good copy from this LP and its graphics. The LP was stereo and if you are wondering why the files are so small, it is because that the musical backing is just the guitars played by the twins - simple sound structure leads to smaller files.

This is an album collectible more for historical interest than great listening reasons but it has itrs charms. It has easily cleaned-up well.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Judy Kenny "Colonial Australia" LP 1969

Subtitled "A collection of Australian folk songs. The rip and graphics were  provided by the Victorian Bush Folkie to whom we all owe a big vote of thanks.

I know nothing about this Judy Kenny other than the blurb on the rear of the album cover. To quote:-

"Judy Kenny is the daughter of an Anglican Clergyman. Although she was born in Croydon, Victoria, it was whilst living in Geelong that Judy came to the notice of W & G after winning a talent quest at High School which entitled her to an audition. For this, her first recording, we decided to add to our already comprehensive repertoire of Australian Folk Music of the Pioneer and Convict era."

Well, she obviously auditioned well enough to warrant her own album but as far as I know there was no second album.

Her voice demonstrates that she has had formal training as a classical singer and her diction is excellent. W & G demonstrably treated her seriously as evidenced by their providing serious folk music backing with Peter Hayes featuring strongly on banjo (Peter Daniel Hayes; Hayes Brothers, backing for various prominent fol and country singers). Alan Pope on bass, with Doug Wallace and  John Lane on guitars.

The album notes are fairly good with minor exceptions. "Convict Maid" was a London broadside and was also available in Ireland as identified by Ron Edwards. Despite assurances that the version of "The banks of the Condamine" is the rarer horse breaker version, it is most definitely the shearing version - I guess someone had a bad day! Ben Hall died in a battle?? As I understand it he never had the opportunity to fight back - first shot a few times while he was asleep and finished off when he futilely tried to run away despite his injuries.

For its age, the record was in very good condition. Graphics are included.

Tracklist


  • 1, Convict maid
  • 2, The wild colonial boy
  • 3. Eumerella shore
  • 4. The overlander
  • 5,The banks of Condamine
  • 6. Botany Bay
  • 7. Click go the shears
  • 8. The drover's dream
  • 9. The nautical yarn
  • 10, The dying stockman
  • 11, Andy's gone with cattle
  • 12. The death of Ben Hall.



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Country Express (Australian) "Another Lonesome Morning" LP 1985

The rip for this album was provided by the Victorian Bush Folkie and mildly cleaned up by me.

Country Express was a South Australian based group which performed over several years. This album features Brent Miller, John Munro, Mike O'Callaghan and Mike Smith. I do not know who Mike Smith is (although I feel that I should - help please) but the other three are well known in Australian folk circles as both individual performers and as members/backers of other groups and performers. The three have also done a lot of work with Eric Bogle especially John Munro who has featured in other posts on this blog.

Country Express focused on Bluegrass sound and most of the tracks on this album can be readily classified as  bluegrass gospel. Unsurprisingly, the overall performance is very good even though the sound quality is not always the best for some reason - likely wear over the years. Great harmony and great musicianship.

Incidentally, Country Express has been a popular name for bluegrass bands in America so do not be confused.

Tracklist
1. Other side of life
2. Hey boys
3. House of gold
4. Hail to the Redskins
5. Sing me back home
6. Aunt Dinah's quilting party
7. Another lonesome morning
8. Willie Boy
9. Hello stranger
10. Snowball
11. Slow moving freight train
12. Hallelujah, I'm ready

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Colonials "Songs from Down Under" LP 1967

As the liner says, The Colonials were "especially brought together for the project of creating this album". The three members were Kathleen McCormack, and the brothers George and Ken Assang.

Kathleen McCormack was the stage name of one Taree-born Alison Brainwood, a popular singer of the 1960s and '70s. The stage name reflected her primary repertoire of Scottish and Irish songs.  She was later a job actor including a stint in the Bill. In her latter years, she became well-known in psychic circles and authored books on Tarot reading and the like. She died in 2013.

George and Ken Assang were from Thursday Island in far north Queensland. They were of Aboriginal, Pacific Islander and Asian heritage. George was a regular on 1960s and '70s shows including "Bandstand". Apparently he was happy in a wide range of styles including folk, gospel, jazz, blues and country. The liner states "his singing is always full of expression, his voice quality and phrasing are excellent" and, on this album, he lives up to that. There is also a claim that, under the name Vic Sabrino , he was the first Australian singer to perform a Rock'n'Roll number, beating Johnny O'Keefe by a year. George also had sevceral acting roles in Australian dramas and soaps.

The tracks mainly feature songs of known authorship but they represent a good mix that most folk music lovers will readily appreciate.

Mr. K L Appo advises as follows:
An interview with the late Ms McCormack appears at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXB9qjlTp90
Also a selection of tracks from her albums, and a series of children's 45s on YouTube by the same poster as part of an archive of material from Community Television at https://www.youtube.com/user/DarrenGrayManagement/videos  Scroll through at your own risk though; there's some shockers on here, but the occasional gem too.... 

Tracklist
1. Bush Fire
2. Botany Bay (claimed as traditional)
3. Little Wild Rose
4. The Colour of my Nation
5. Andy's gone to Cattle (Henry Lawson poem claimed as a traditional song)
6. Never Never
7. Pokare Kare (Pokarekare Ana) (A lovely Maori song originating in WWI to farewell soldiers)
8. Waltzing Matilda (1903 Cowan rewrite)
9. Thunderbolt
10. T.I. My Beautiful Home (T.I. = Thursday Island home of the Assang boys)
11. Wild Colonial Boy
12. In Mulga Town
13. Bonny Jess
14. You A'wantin' me
15. Dust in the Sun
16. Now is the hour (also claimed as traditional)

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Friday, August 3, 2018

The Catalpa Singers "Australian Colonial Ballads" LP 1966

Many blog visitors have mentioned this LP and I have finally obtained a reasonable copy. Better late than never I guess.

This album was labelled as Vol. 1 but, as far as I can discern, they never progressed to volume 2.

The Catalpa Singers were
Shirley Jacobs (vocal lead and guitar), Hans Georg (lead vocalist, lute and guitar), Iain Logan (additional vocal, 5 string banjo and guitar), Allan Pope (bass, autoharp and guitar), and Maryjean Officer on concertina. Other than for Shirley and a few references to Maryjean, I know nothing about these performers. Any contributions??. Hans Georg did do a further album with Shirley Jacobs. I presume that he is actually someone with the Germanic language given name Hans-Georg and, as a performer, has dropped his family name. It sounds like his English pronunciation has some Irish influence. Anyway, enough speculation and I eagerly await enlightenment.

There are no surprises in respect of the tracks featured on the LP. They are mostly part of what I call the top 20 Australian folk standards. The auto-harp features strongly on The Black Velvet Band and Hans Georg's lute provides all the accompaniment to Look Out BelowBound for South Australia appears to have a variable tempo to an extent that it is not performed as a shanty/chanty. I note that the liner comments for that shanty stick to the assumption that it involves the Colony of South Australia. I have long held the view that
1. the shanty is not Australian in its origin;
2. it refers to south Australia, that is, any port of Australia all of which are way down south of Europe and north America;
3. and it is quite possible that the basic shanty originated in NE USA - see Cape Cod Boys/Girls shanties and such lines as the mother/sweetheart on the quay exhorting the singer to come home from south Australia and "when we're a walloping around Cape Horn - wish to God we'd never been born - bound for south Australia".

Sorry, I just had to get that off my chest. OK here is the track list:-

Tracklist:
1. Click go the shears.
2. Black Velvet Band
3. The Old Bark Hut
4. Bold Jack Donahoe (actually an Irish Broadside about a real person but usually spelt Donahue)
5. The Eumerella Shore (duffers are Australian rustlers and the song also refers to stealing calves by putting your brand on them (Australian "poddy dodging" - American "mavericking").
6. Bound for South Australia (?)
7. The Wild Colonial Boy (Frequently stated to also be of Irish origin but evidence for this has never eventuated. My view is that it owes much to Bold Jack Donahoe but it is otherwise Australian in origin. In more recent times many Irish singers have taken it up and have claimed it as their own confusing the issue.
8. The Overlander
9. Look Out Below. (A Charles Thatcher composition)
10. The Death of Ben Hall
11. With a swag all on my shoulder.
12. Botany Bay. English playhouse composition.

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