Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jolly Rumbylowe - Untitled album of English Traditionals 1976 LP

"Jolly Rumbylowe" was a Brisbane based group of five musicians, namely, Don Nichols, Marty Gallagher, Alan Forshaw, Liz Thompson, and June Nichols.
In this album they successfully emulate what I call the English local pub style - lots of participation and lots of enthusiasm and songs to match. They do it very well too.

It is quite a mixed bag of traditionals too -  including salt water songs, festival songs, fox hunting, and pleas for sustenance on celebration days and a couple of classics. The "A' Soalin'" song was so named when Peter, Paul and Mary put it out as a hit. It's better known historically as "The Soul Cake Song" which the poor would sing on certain saint's days, most notably All Hallows Day, pleading to be fed the traditional soul cakes. The relatively modern "trick and treat" is believed to have derived from this custom.

The Album is from Ian of Tasmania and the LP has been fairly-well preserved. There are some minor glitches and I did remove a few but editing was largely restricted to removing equipment and vinyl noise.

1. The Fox Hunt
2. I beg your leave
3. The apprentice song
4. The Hogseye Man (has politically incorrect content - you are warned)
5. The Boar's Head Carol
6, The country life
7, Bright morning star
8. Hal'n'Tow
9. A-Soalin'
10. Homefirth Anthem
11. Children's skipping songs
12. Admiral Benbow
13. Three  jolly sportsmen
14. The Maypole
15. The Cadgewith anthem.

Total compressed file size is 70Mb and contains all tracks and the graphics. You will need to decompress it.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mulga Bill's Bicycle Band - In Concert Recording ~ Live in Queensland. LP 1973

At the time of recording for this LP, Mulga Bill's Bicycle Band consisted of:-
Tony Britz - banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals
Liz Eager - acoustic and electric flute
Barry Golding - lagerphone, acoustic guitar and vocals
Chris Bettle - acoustic and electric fiddle
Marsh Robinson - double and tea chest bass
Jo Beams - vocals and tambourine
Peter McDonald - electric and acoustic guitars. mouth organ and vocals.

At the time of recording, they were on tour with the Queensland Arts Council following performances in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

They were a fine group of instrumentalists and their musical backing brings a new perspective to many of these tracks - very refreshing in that respect. I enjoyed the singing but it is noticeable that vocals and backing are sometimes out of sync. To all appearances this is deliberate and provides a rather pleasing contrast. I guess that there is a term for this but I do not know it. Anyway, it is pleasant to see a band not slavishly following the "bush band" stereotype,

I have only lightly edited the music which, incidentally was another rip from Ian of Tasmania - many thanks Ian. There are still some minor glitches which should not be much of a bother. The exception is track one which, every so often, has a very strange glitch which refuses to be eliminated. I am hopeful of obtaining a better copy of that track. On the plus side, it is another rendition of "Waltzing Matilda" so I'm sure we can all survive without another one.

The tracks are:-
1. Waltzing Matilda (Paterson type)
2. Gum Trees by the Roadway (the early Slim Dusty classic)
3. Streets of Forbes
4. Whistling Rufus (instrumental)
5. Maryborough Miner
6. Going Home (Kingston Trio and The Johnstons did great versions of this. This is more in the style of the latter complete with Irish accent - It has been adapted from USA to Tasmanian localities.)
7. Spider from the Gwyder (poem)
8. Overlanders
9. Pub with no Dyke (very funny parody of the Pub with no Beer)
10. Jim Jones (great backing)
11. Drover's Dream
12. Tom Blackman's Waltz (actually a medley of three old favourite dance tunes - see comment for details)

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File is 54Mb. MP3 224-256 VBR
 The entire album and graphics are in one compressed file which you will need to decompress to the individual track and graphic files. You may need to obtain decompression software - if so install 7-Zip (free) or one of the commercial offerings e.g WinZip or WinRAR. Any problems - make a comment (anonymous or otherwise) or send me an email -

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Peter McLean "Fair Dinkum Folk" LP 1974 aka "Australian Heritage"

 Somebody suggested this artist and album many years ago and I have finally managed to get my hands on it. There were two issues of this album in 1974. I have the first issue (above). It really is an atrocious graphic reminiscent of the USA cover for Burl Ives' Australian Folk Songs album. What a wonderful menagerie of badly-stuffed Australian wildlife. Obviously the distributors had the same view because it was soon re-issued under the title "Australian Heritage" and with far more sophisticated graphics as also shown here. The album remained the same - just different presentation and labelling.

It is a good album. Peter Mclean has a good easy-going, laconic singing style occasionally ably backed by a very good chorus group. Instrumental backing is fairly sophisticated for these songs but is not intrusive (IMHO) - presumably by studio professionals but they are not acknowledged.

The vinyl, considering its age, plays really well and only minimal editing was required. Now, can someone tell us anything about this artist??

Eight of  the tracks are Australian traditionals - the four exceptions are The Road to Gundagai", "Botany Bay" (from a late-19th Century English play), Waltzing Matilda (it's the standard 1903 Marie Cowan version which, as far as I am aware, never entered the folk tradition - unlike Paterson's original 1895 version) and "Ben Boyd"which was penned by the singer. It's a good song and touches upon how Orcas helped Eden (Twofold Bay) whalers by herding humpback whales so as to share in the takings.

1. Botany Bay
2. Ten thousand miles away
3. Ben Boyd
4. Tambaroora Gold (a rare but a good one)
5. Mustering Day (another rare one -  "Early in the Morning before the break of day" adaption)
6.  Along the Road to Gundagai
7. Waltzing Matilda
8. The Station Cook
9. Click go the Shears
10. Ladies of Brisbane (a traditional version of Mendelsohn's Brisbane Ladies")
11. Frank Gardiner
12. The Old Bullock Dray (it refers to finding a wife at the "factory" - see last post)

Click here to commence downloading the compressed album. 42Mb MP3 @ 224-256 VBR. Download file will need to be decompressed with 7-Zip, WinRAR, WinZip or equivalent.
Any problems: Email me - or post a comment (anonymous or otherwise).

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Clair Hayes (Australian Maid) "Female Factory" Cassette 1990

I was given this cassette by a friend and I firstly put it to one side as an item of low priority. I now regret that I did so because this performer and this album certainly deserves far greater attention.

This album has much to commend it. It's a great collection of songs written by the songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, Clair Hayes. The content is both country and folk examining life in the bush often with a pioneer perspective.  The performances are highly competent with excellent instrumental  backing.

Clair is based in the Sydney area and is still a regular performer in both the country and folk arenas. You can visit her website by clicking here.

Clair has advised that "Esmerelda" was the emu that was a long-term resident at Timbertop to the delight of the many visitors.

The Female Factory referred to is the "Parramatta Female Factory" where many early female convicts were housed and employed. Many a pioneer, convict or otherwise, obtained a wife from the factory on mutual arrangement so long as both were approved as being suitable for marriage. It was an interesting arrangement and I recommend that you visit this website page for some very entertaining detail on the process. Many versions of the traditional "The Old Bullock Dray" refer to the possibility of obtaining a wife from the female factory.

Click here to download the album and its graphics. It is about 42Mb. Tracks are MP3 @224 VBR.
You will need to decompress the file to extract the tracks and the graphics using 7-Zip or commercial utilities such as Zip or WinRAR.
If the link does not work then please email or leave a comment on the blog entry.

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.

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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 that 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.