Friday, February 20, 2009

The Colonial Boys "The Bicentennial Song Collection" CD

The Colonial Boys was, in all likelihood, a group formed especially to put out a CD of Australian folk songs to capitalise upon the 1988 Australian Bicentenary of settlement. I cannot find out anything about either the group or this CD and CD papers do not advise of the musicians involved. Most of the arrangements were by a Stewart Peters, and there is a folksinger and instrumentalist from Sydney by that name, so I presume he is the lead singer (any further advice is very welcome).
By its very nature, it includes most of the most popular Australian traditional folksongs supplemented by On the Road to Gundagai, Paterson's The Man from Snowy River and Clancy of the Overflow and Eric Bogle's The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (attributed to Begal?? instead of Bogle). There are no moments of folk singing brilliance - just a good, solid and enjoyable performance

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9 comments:

  1. Hey I used to have an old tape that i think was the colonial boys, it had a song with the chorus "hunt the humback whale". I'm really interested in trying to find this song or that tape anyone know anything???

    Moss mossy_jud@hotmail.com

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  2. I received this comment from a blog viewer, although it was posted anonymously, there was am email address given, so if anyone can help in the absence of Paul and while I am trying to remote run this blog, perhaps you would comment.
    Post request was:
    Hey I used to have an old tape that i think was the colonial boys, it had a song with the chorus "hunt the humback whale". I'm really interested in trying to find this song or that tape anyone know anything???

    I think this should be Humpback whale?

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  3. I have quite a lot of Australian folk music and a lot of it features traditional Australian trades, including whaling, so I'll dig into my collection meanwhile.

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  4. Thank you for this. I had the cassette tape for years but over time it has been damaged, I tranfered the contents to a CD including the damaged bit. Great to be able to renew it

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  5. Hi Has any body heard The Ballad of " The Kid's last fight"
    The chorus went " Come on Kid, come on kid, he hit him with a left and a right. Come on Kid come on kid. How were we to know it was the kid's last fight'
    There was a guy named Graham Hunt. vet based in Singleton NSW who sang and played this 40 years ago.which seems jut like te other day.
    I want to get the verses.

    Chris T a 10£ Pom !!

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  6. 'Twas a Frankie Land hit and also done by the Statler Brothers. The way to search for lyrics is:
    Lyrics "her put in the song title or part of the lyrics in quotes"
    In this case the query
    Lyrics "The Kid's Last Fight"
    will get lots of hits listing the full lyrics

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  7. Actually a Frankie Lane hit. Typos are the norm here

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  8. This album was indeed recorded by Stewart Peters for the Bicentennial in 1988. I was a mate of his brother Doug Peters back in the 80's-90's. Doug use to play around Sydney's Western Suburbs with the Brian Gillett Trio - regulars at venues like Mounties, Cabra Vale Diggers Club and various Liverpool hotels. Stewie would occasionally join them for a bit of fun. Stewart used to have a recording studio at home, where he wrote and recorded a lot of jingles etc for the advertising industry. He worked with the likes of Doug Parkinson and was mates with Phil and Tommy Emmanuel back in the day. I believe the Colonial Boys were mainly Stewart, with his brother playing some guitar work on the album and a drum machine to keep the beat. Doug gave me a signed cassette version of the album upon release - and we joked about his becoming a star on the back of it. Cheers, Steve. Aussiecossiedarwin@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you very much for that, Steve. Much appreciated.

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