Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cobbers "Bushdance Party" Cassette c1988

The Cobbers bush band was mainly active in the 1970s and 1980. They had a relatively high output of good quality music. They have a website at from where you can order some of their albums (on CD-R) and also download the individual tracks of their first LP (MP3 @128bps). There have been no changes to this website for many years - the download bit works so I presume that ordering might still be possible. Perhaps query by email first. If you are a fan of this blog you would be sure to enjoy their music.

I found this cassette recently. This album has long been "out-of-print" and is not offered on the website. It was put out by Dino Records on both cassette and vinyl sometime about 1988. Being a Dino release, is is possibly a re-release possibly a condensed version of earlier tape releases of bush dance music. Any information would be very welcome. You will notice that one of the corners of the insert has been clipped indicating that the cassette was sold at a remainder bargain price.

This is a great toe-tapping album but also features lots of vocals. The Cobbers were excellent musicians and singers as this album demonstrates. Most of the tracks have both a traditional instrumental section coupled with a song in the appropriate dance time. The two exception, unsurprisingly, are the "Manchester Gallop" and the Russian "Troika".

1. Polka with "The Lachlan Tigers"
2. Stockyards Jig with Travelling down the Castlereagh
3. Heel and Toe Polka with "Lazy Harrys"
4. The Galopede - "10000 miles away"
5. The flying pieman with "The Old Bullock Dray"
6. Pride of Erin with "Springtime it brings on the Shearing"
7. Strip the Willow with "Stringbark and Greenhide" (a rarely featured song)
8. Barn Dance with "Click go the Shears"
9. Waves of Tory with "The Ryebuck Shearer"
10. Muffin Man Jig (eh!) with "The Drovers Dream"
11. Polka - "Maggie May"
12. Gay Gordons with "Sandy Maranoa"
13. The Oxo Reel (eh! eh!) with "Lime Juice Tub"
14. The Troika (all alone)
15. Waltz Country Dance - "The Reedy Lagoon"
16. The Manchester Gallop (all alone)

Click here to download the album. MP3 @ 224-256 VBR. All graphics included with dance instructions in very miniture printing.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Rick & Thel Carey "Best of Buddies" 1973 Cassette issue

"Best of Buddies" is so named because it is a tribute album to the original Australian country and western singer and composer Buddy Williams (he did follow in the footsteps of that other great performer - the New Zealander, Tex Morton).

I have no idea when the album was originally released but the term "tribute album" probably had not been coined then.Rick and Thel Carey, a husband and wife team, were active from 1950 to 1987 and extensively toured during much of that period and had lots of radio and television appearances. They were a class act with a prolific output. Their performance with extensive backing has brought a more modern Country and Western feel to these songs as contrasted to Buddy Williams' hillbilly style where his superb guitar playing was usually his only accompaniment.

Additional: Donnatv has again come to our rescue through identifying that the LP issue of the album was dated 1973. Many thanks!

The album has ripped well and required only basic editing. Thanks very much to the kind contributor who provided this and other cassette tapes. the file is 42Mb with all tracks are MP3 at 192-224kbs. Graphics are included.

Click here to begin download

Please email if the file becomes unavailable for downloading. The file is a zip file which will need to be decompressed before playing.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Settlers "West of Cooma" LP Stereo 1981

This was the third LP from the Settlers and the last to feature the original artists albeit with a fair bit of professional instrumental backing (see the LP rear graphic).
Their two previous albums "Sings Songs of the Snowy Mountains" and "Sings More Songs of he Snowy Mountains" in the late sixties were very successful (from a folk perspective) but they all went their different ways until they were re-united for the recording of this album in December 1980.
Somewhat fittingly, the songs on this album are mainly reminiscing upon their past days working on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. All tracks are by the late Ulick O'Boyle except for "Haulpack Blues" penned by both Paul Davey and Ulick.
Overall the album has a country folk feel to it and Settlers fans will love this one too.

1. West of Cooma
2. Dirt Shifting Man
3. The Crying Kind
4. Nicolai
5. Jeannie Williams
6. Tumut Ponds and Bugtown
7. Snowy Special
8. Yodeling Wanderer
9. Dodd's Hotel
10. Haulpack Blues
11. The Beer with no Pub
12. Snowy Mountain Home.

Click here to download the album and all graphics MP3@ 192-224VBR 76Mb

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bruce Woodley "The Roaring Days" LP 1974 Stereo

As most of our visitors will know, Bruce Woodley was one of the original members of  "The Seekers". Judith Durham and subsequent ladies were the lead vocalists but Bruce took the male lead. He was also the song writer member of the group and also occasionally collaborated with Paul Simon. He was also co-author with Dobe Newton on "I am Australian".

I have no idea who ripped this album but it is a very good rip obviously from a well preserved LP. I have not touched the material at all. It is a mixture of poems and songs encoded at 320 CBR which is a little excessive especially for the unaccompanied poems so if you are short of storage memory as in phones, players and tablets, they can be converted to a lesser rate without any apparent loss of quality. My thanks to whomsoever did this rip.

This was a promotional album commissioned by Viscount cigarettes but it is obvious hat they did not skimp on production costs. The instrumental backing is high class yet relevant to the folk/pioneer theme. On two tracks Bruce is accompanied by Linda George.

The vinyl labels identify the album as Volume 1 but apparently they never progressed to a Volume 2 - That's a real pity! Graphics includes the lyrics/verses to all tracks.

1. Panorama (poem)
2. The Lime Juice Tub (song)
3. The Man from Snowy River (poem)
4. Break of Day (song)
5, The Roaring Days (poem)
6. With a Swag all on my Shoulder (song)
7. Clancy of the Overflow (poem)
8. Eumerella Shore (song)
9. Rain in the Mountains (poem)
10. The Lights of Cobb & Co (poem)
11. Black Velvet Band (song)
12 The Bush Girl (song)
13. The Roaring Days (reprise) (poem with musical backing)

Click here to Download MP3 320 CBR with full graphics (98mb)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tina Lawton "Singing Bird" 1966 LP Mono

Well, it has taken a while but here is an acceptable rip of Tina Lawton's second album "Singing Bird". (I am hopeful of a better rip of her first album soon).

This is from an uncleaned rip I managed to find somewhere. I have given the tracks a light cleaning and they have responded well to this treatment. You may notice a staccato effect in some of the higher voice ranges. I suspect this is because, when recording, output was still going to the speakers and the turntable was on the same surface and slightly vibrated during play.

Anyway, enough raving on for the moment. On this album, Tina was accompanied by the harpist Huw Jones, who also arranged all the pieces, and Russell King, a flautist. All tracks are traditional songs from the British Isles.

1. Bobby Shaftoe
2. Springtime is Returning
3. Robin Goch
4. Strawberry Fair
5 Garton Mother's Lullaby
6. The Heron from Brecon
7. The Nightingale
8, Singing Bird
9. Ballymore Ballad
10. In the Orchard
11. The Wee Cooper from Fyfe
12. Lagan Love
13. I wish I had a Shepherd's Lamb
14 Lisa Dear
15. Charlie is my Darling
16. Will Ye Go, Lassie Go (aka Wild Mountain Thyme)

Click here to download - MP3 @ 192VBR Mono 29Mb - graphics included

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Denis Gibbons "Folk Songs" 1965 LP

Despite its somewhat aged and simplistic appearance, this album was released in 1965 and appears to be primarily, or totally, a compilation release but I have not gone to the potentially lengthy process of actually checking whether they are new issues or releases of the same titles.

This is another of the welcome contributions from Ian of Tasmania and the album was obviously in good condition most tracks have responded very well to a gentle clean. There are some minor intrusive glitches on two tracks that cannot be removed but they can easily be tolerated. Track 14 "The Overlanders" does sound a little weird but this is on the original copy and is not the result of editing.

1. Click go the Shears
2. Lime Juice Tub
3. Bold Tommy Payne
4. The Dying Stockman
5. The Wild Colonial Boy
6. The Fox
7. The Old Bullock Dray
8. The Drover's Dream
9. The Spinning wheel
10. The Blue-Tail Fly
11. Botany Bay
12. The Old Bark Hut
13. The Foggy Foggy Dew
14. The Overlanders.

Click here to: Download with graphics - MP3 @ 160 CBR mono.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Gumbies Bush Band - Additional Information

We have finally received some additional information on this Victorian based folk group and their 15 track tape. For those who fondly remember this band, click here to go here to the original entry which has been edited to show the latest details.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Patricia Cook "Did you know them" LP 1968

Another of the offerings from Ian. Again, a big vote of thanks to you Ian.

This is the sole album (1968) from the late Patricia Cook. She has appeared on this blog before in respect of four tracks she performed on Lionel Long's 1963 2xLP set "The Bold Bushrangers" which featured songs written by her then husband, the late Kenneth Cook better known for his literary output ("Wake in Fright" etc).

This album includes a few rarer tracks in the Australian folk tradition and a transport version of "All around my hat". Her performance of Van Dieman's land is, to me, reminiscent of the singing of Delia Murphy, the "Queen of Connemara" who accompanied her husband Thomas J. Kiernan when he became Ireland's first Ambassador to Australia in the post-war 1940s. She often appeared on the ABC singing the songs of her homeland especially "Spinning Wheel".

Excellent backing to the tracks from the renowned guitarists Don Andrews and Sebastian Jorgenson.

1. Van Dieman's Land
2. Jim Jones
3. All around me 'at.
4. The Donahue Song
5. Dan Morgan
6. Lullaby
7. The Cross of the South
8. Eureka Lament
9. The Ringer
10. Did you know them?
11. The bullocky
12. Johnny come home
13. Fragments (Dole Song and If I had money)
14. Danny Jones of Cobb & Co.

Click here to download MP3 192-224 VBR with graphics 55Mb

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ants Bush Band - Untitled LP - 14 tracks

Probably one of the most requested tracks I get asked for is the the Ants Bush Band "The Whale" which is a "modern" folk classic inspired by Melville's "Moby Dick" It has previously appeared in one or two compilations on this blog. Anyway, Ian of Tassie has generously provided a rip of this albim which features this song and many other Australian folk classics - both new and old.

This is a brilliant album demonstrating the fine musical skills of this well respected bush band which, unfortunately, did not have a large commercial output. Thanks Ian for providing this album. I have no doubt that it will prove to be very popular.

I have no idea as to when this album was issued. This Band operated from the '70s originally as the "Fabulous Ants Bush Band". Judging by the album cover, it might be a re-release but that's nothing more than base speculation. I'd love some concrete advice. (Additional - a blog visitor from Ireland has brought my attention to the fact that the identical album was sold as a cassette under the the band name "The Fabulous Ants Band" and the title "Tribute to 150 years Western Australia" and with the massively misleading claim "14 Great Western Australian Songs". The Sesquicentennial of WA was 1979 so that gives us a likely date of 1979 - perhaps 1978).

Sure, you can moderately criticise this album on the basis of some of the vocals but if you do not like this album, you are possibly on the wrong blog. I'd rank this as one of the better Australian folk albums by a bush band.

This album has a strong Western Australian focus which is refreshing (Well now we know why).

1, Lachlan Tigers
2. Western Australia for Me
3. One Thousand Miles Away (Hurrah for the Roma Railway)
4. The Catalpa
5. The Overlanders
6. Augathella Station (Brisbane Ladies)
7. Waves of Tory (dance instrumental)
8. Maggie Maggie May
9. To the West
10. Across the Western Plains
11. Dennis O'Reilly (With my swag all on my shoulder)
12. The Whale (modern Australian folk classic)
13. Struggle in the West
14. Lime Juice Tub

Download with graphics - 64 Mb - MP3 VBR 192-225 Click here
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

William Clauson "Click Go the Shears" - Original LP cover

Ian from Tasmania has also provided digitised graphics for the original issue of William Clauson's "Click Go the Shears" LP and you can download them, separately at the moment, from the original posting featuring the World Record Club graphics. Click here to go to that posting.