Focusing on Australian folk music, Australian bush ballads and/or Australian folk musicians.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Passing of Gary Shearston
I am currently attending the Latvian XXV National Song Festival and have just received advice from the National Folk Festival that Gary Shearston has died. A sad day for all Australian Folk Music fans.
The focus of my blog is on Australian folk music and folk musicians to preserve such music in the public arena before it becomes lost.
Much of the music I supply was ripped from LP and edited by me. I am happy to do the same for anyone holding such music. Please email me if you wish to contribute.
I was born and raised in Queensland mainly on sheep and cattle stations but migrated to the cities as an adult. Everyone reckoned that I would make a good stockman when I grew up hence the nickname. When I was young my main music influences were the old time hillbillies, Tex Morton, Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams, the McKean Sisters etc mixed with the 1950s hit parade songs. I loved Presley, Everley Bros, Cliff Richards, etc. There's is still a lot I like about much of the music since then but my enduring passion since about 1960 has been folk music especially traditional folk songs fom anywhere. Those old songs have been tenderly crafted over decades and sometimes centuries and they usually have such a polished beauty if sung with any real understanding.