Monday, April 30, 2018

VA "The Snowy River Men" - Songs of Kevin Baker LP 1982

This album features songs written by Kevin Baker. The tracks are sung by Kevin Baker, his wife Beth Baker, or John Broomhall (as listed below). The album was produced with the assistance of the Wollongong Folk Society.

Kevin and Beth Baker have both featured before in this blog. Kevin's songs can generally be viewed as having protest and chronicler themes in the Australian battler tradition. "Death of a Lark", however, deals with Bobby Sands and the Irish troubles.

This rip and encoding has been generously provided by one of our visitors. Thank you very much. There are a couple of minor glitches which do not intrude badly.

1. Shame, Shame, Shame - John Broomhall
2. Kogarah Bay - Beth Baker
3. The Orang-Outang that leaned to the left - Kevin Baker
4. Woman on the Land - Beth Baker
5. The Snowy River Men - Kevin Baker
6. The Night that Vis went Down - John Broomhall
7. Young People - Beth Baker
8. Dole Office Door - Kevin Baker
9. Water and Earth - Beth Baker
10. Death of a Lark - John Broomhall.

Download FLAC version 184MB (click here)
Download MP3 256-320 VBR version 45MB (click here)
Graphics are included in both downloads. They are each single compressed zip files which need to be decompressed to extract the track and graphic files.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gordon McIntyre and Danny Spooner "Revived and Relieved" LP 1978

A great combination - Gordon McIntyre and Danny Spooner teaming up to produce this 1978 album. Unsurprisingly, six of the tracks are unaccompanied but others have some musical and vocal support from fellow artists, Tom Rummery, Kate Delaney, Roger Fisken, Mike Jackson and Steve Ellis - details on reverse of slip.

The tracks are a mix of British Isles and Australian traditional songs and tunes.

This is another of the offerings from the Victorian Bush Folkie. Once again, many thanks.

 Still a few glitches in some of the tracks but nothing likely to mar your listening pleasure.


A1 Pipe Tunes
A2 The Band O'Shearers
A3 My Last Farewell To Stirling
A4 Hey, Ca'thro
A5 Anac Cuan
A6 Jack Donaghue
A7 Ye Sons Of Australia
B1 The Flash Stockman
B2 Lachlan Tigers
B3 The Rambling Sailor
B4 Jamie Raeburn
B5 The Foxhunt
B6 Henry The Poacher
B7 The 23rd Of June

Choose either the Flac (lossless) or MP3 (224-256 VBR) versions. The download will be a single .zip file which needs to be decompressed out to individual tracks before playing.

Click here for Flac version (184Mb)
Click here for MP3 version (57Mb)
Danny Spooner's widow has advised that plans are currently underway to expand the website to re-release Danny's music to raise funds for a memorial statue. Accordingly, the album is no longer available for download.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Shirley Jacobs "A Voice from the City" Henry Lawson Tribute Album LP 1972

Shirley Jacobs (1927-2015) released this album in 1972 sub-titled  "Henry Lawson (1867-1922).
Henry Lawson was one of the two most prominent bush poets - the other, of course, was A.B. "Banjo" Paterson. He was also a great short story writer e.g. "The Loaded Dog" and "The Drover's Wife".

The album features musical arrangements of both better and lesser known Lawson poems with perhaps a preference for the more personal and romantic poems.

One of our visitors provided me with a copy made from his LP earlier this year. The included graphics were from an earlier offering. Many thanks to the two of you. It seems to be very hard to get good copies of Shirley Jacobs albums - presumably because their owners often played them. There are still a few glitches in the edited tracks but most will enjoy them.

1. The Bar
2. The Sliprails and the Spur
3. The Route March
4. A Voice from the City
5. The Wattle
6. To Hannah
7. Gypsy Too
8. Scots of the Riverina
9. The Fight at the Eureka Stockade
10. On the Night Train

Download FLAC version from here - 132MB
Download MP3 224-256 VBR MP3 version here - 38MB.
Downloaded file will need to be decompressed before playing.
If a download fails tell me by email at and I will re-up the file

John and Mary Kopke "The Ship Mahogany" LP 1982

This album features John and Mary Kopke who, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, were active folksingers based in Warrnambool in Victoria.
The album features a mix of tracks ably performed by this couple with some good vocal and instrumental backing.

The title comes from a self-penned song apparently about a wrecked ship discovered somewhere near Warrnambool. Of course, regulars to the blog will recognise a number of "standards" in this album.

1. The Ship Mahogany
2. Leaving Liverpool
3. Ballad of Cob and Co
4. MTA (Melbourne adaption)
5. Bo The Banjo Man
6. Flash Jack from Gundagai
7. Reedy Lagoon
8. Mary's Choice (trads)
9. Blame it on the Kellys
10. Drovers Dream
11. Ballarat-o
12. Click go the Shears.

Download FLAC version from here 180MB
Download MP3 225-256 VBR version from here 53MB
The downloaded files will need to be decompressed before playing.
Let me know by email - - if files are not available and I will fix it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Links for aspiring folk musicians

A visitor to the blog has recommended two websites which may well be of interest to those of you who wish to to participate in the performance of folk music.

The first of these is the Victorian Folk Music Club (VFMC). Their Fireside Fiddlers (collected tunes)  section will be of interest to some of our visitors. I know next to nothing about this club but it looks very interesting.

The second is the New South Wales based Bush Traditions which also has some great material - some in common with the VFMC. I have been to one of their intimate gatherings and had a great time.

I would welcome any other suggestions.

Additional: Check comments for contact for a Blue Mountains based gathering.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gumbies Bush Band - Additional information

Merle Hopman has contacted me to advise that she was the one-time female member of the Gumbies Bush Band along with her husband. She welcomes contact with those associated with the band or otherwise wanting further information. Her additional information and her contact details are included in the original post (Click here to go to that post).
Thanks Merle.

Monday, March 6, 2017

RIP Danny Spooner

Just a quick note to advise that Danny Spooner, that wonderful folk music performer featured in many of this blog's posts, died on the evening of last Friday, 3 March 2017. His attendance at various folk festivals and events will be sadly missed by many.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Wombats Bush Band "The Bush Dance Album" 1988 Cassette

Again, we owe a vote of thanks to the Victorian Bush Folkie for this rip. This cassette tape was obviously in very good condition and my contribution was to simply remove tape and equipment noise and to encode the tracks.

There are about 48 separate dance tunes in this album in 11 tracks with each track representing a particular dance style. Many of the tracks also include vocal renditions. The tunes are mainly a mix of British and Australian standards e.g. Waves of Tory, Maire's Wedding, Starry Night for a Ramble, Back again to Yarrawonga. I have included details of the tunes for each track in the "comment" tag and they are also listed in the included graphics.

I have no idea who the performers were and, if you know, please let us know. The quality of the music is very good. It is a well produced album.

Tracklist (medleys)
1. Oxo Reel
2. Pride of Erin
3. Seige of Ennis
4. Evening Three Step
5. Heel and Toe Polka
6. Barn Dance
7. Wombat Polka
8. Irish Trot
9. Waltz Country Dance
10. Gay Gordons
11. Gallopede

Downloads are compressed files including the cassette graphics.
Click here to download MP3 224-256VBR version  64MB
Click here to download FLAC (lossless) version  309MB
Either file needs to be decompressed before playing.
Link no longer available? Then tell and I will re-up the file.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Liz and John Munro "Family Favourites" LP 1985

I have received two rips of this album. I have mainly used the one from Michael as it was slightly cleaner and he had already did some good work on it. I used a part of the other rip from the Victorian Bush Folkie to patch in a missing section (track jump) on one track. Thanks fellows, you make a life a bit easier.

There are some very good tracks on this album but the stand-out is Liz Munro's treatment of Eric Bogle's "Safe in the Harbour" which is a tribute to the famed Canadian singer/songwriter Stan Rogers. Incidentally, if you like the more contemporary folk singers like Bogle, I highly recommend the music of Stan Rogers. He's very good.

Liz and John are Scottish expats with a long association with the Aussie folk scene. John regularly accompanies Eric Bogle.

1. Safe in the Harbour
2. Celtic Medley (instrumental)
3. Laundromat Lover
4. Open your Heart
5. The Rose
6. Heights of Alma
7. Coilsfield House (instrumental)
8, Lord Franklin
9. The Bonnie Maid of Fife
10. Snowball (instrumental)
11. Mary Parker's Lament

Sorry - no FLAC available.
Click here to download compressed file MP3 192-224VBR.  58MB
Will need to be decompressed. Downloads not available - then tell me and I will put it up again,

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Captain Crabbe and the Gnomes "All abound for Sydney Town!" LP 1976

This is another album provided by the Victorian Bush Folkie. Thanks again.

What a strange name for a folk group. It is also intriguing that the album graphics do not include any details of the individual performers. Surely some of our blog visitors will be able to provide some details on the who, what and why of this group.

February 2017 - Tony Suttor has come to our rescue with some details. These three were the original team of "minstrels"at "Old Sydney Town" but only the two "garden gnomes", Eric Thompson (pictured with guitar) and David Hodgson Hogston (see comments), were still there when Tony Suttor joined Old Sydney Town in 1976. The dog Patch belonged to Eric. "Captain Crabbe" and the horse remain unidentified. David composed the last three listed instrumentals. In the 1980s the duo perfromed at the Argyle Tavern in The Rocks, Sydney. Many thanks Tony.

April 2017 "Captain Crabbe" has been identified as Vernon McGrath (see comments)

This album was definitely recorded and produced in Australia but I notice that, with two exceptions, the tracks are as much at home in the British Isles as in Australia. The major exception, Little Fishy a.k.a. Little Fish, is strongly Australian but this is the first time that I have heard anyone sing it other than as a lullaby. The second exception is Sydney Town and I have no idea as to its origin.

Anyway, that is of little concern because the group performs very well both instrumentally and vocally. The vinyl was obviously in good condition and the tracks required very little editing. There is a good mix of songs and instrumentals.

Please note that the track Lusty Young Blacksmith has extensive sexual innuendo and the track Ho Boy Hey Boy is sexually explicit and very politically improper in respect of the female gender. You have been warned - in no way do I endorse the content..

1. Bonnie Dundee - instrumental
2. 10,000 miles
3. Sydney Town
4. Maggie May
5. Botany Bay
6. Drunken sailor
7. Little fishy
8. Molly Malone
9. Foggy foggy dew (English traditional - not Irish rebellion)
10. Molly McInstry – instrumental
11. Billy O'Donnell O'Day
12. The keel row – instrumental
13. Wild Rover
14. Lusty young blacksmith
15. Black velvet band
16. Four Mary's
17. Patsy Fagan
18. Ho boy hey boy
19. Flying pie man – instrumental
20. Sam Hall
21. Home boys home – instrumental
22. Thoughts by a stream – instrumental
23. Waterfall – instrumental
24. March of the gnomes – instrumental

Click here to begin downloading the MP3 version 59 MB 224 – 256 VBR

Click here is you prefer to download the FLAC version from MediaFire (206MB).

In all cases, you need to decompress the files in order to get the individual folders and tracks for playing.
Download fails? - contact and I will re-up the files.