Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Comments are working again. Status issues.

With the latest post, I have noticed that a couple of years of comments have now magically appeared. I have approved the genuine ones. I will be answering a few that need a response.

However, if you need something from me, it is preferable that you email me at mr.stockman@gmail.com with your query or request rather than making a comment on a posting.

As to the infrequency of postings, this is mostly caused by a scarcity of suitable material of sufficient quality. Good clean or cleanable material is very hard to come by nowadays. We have had some excellent contributors over the years for which I and presumably most of you are very thankful.

Perhaps some of you are still holding onto gems that I could put up on the blog. HINT HINT.

I do have a couple of other posts outstanding at the moment and I will have them up very soon.

I am getting seriously old now and do have one serious health issue. No rush at the moment but is there anyone interested in looking after the blog, in a maintenance sense, somewhere along the line? 

Anyway, continue to enjoy the music.

Regards to all

Paul


Franklin B. Paverty "Songs from the Australian Goldrush" Stereo LP 1987

A good rip from Tassie Ian. Thanks mate.

The group, Franklin B. Paverty, was usually made up of performers in the Canberra area and there were regular changes of members in the group.

The membership for this album was:

Mal Bennett - vocals, fiddle, mandolin and percussion.

Frank Nizynski - socals, guitar and bass

Bernie Nizynski - Mandolin and banjo.

Dave O'Neill - vocals, guitar and Mandolin.

Bryan Rae - vocals, guitar and harmonica.


Tracklist

  1. Hurrah for the diggings
  2. With my swag all on my shoulder
  3. Look out below
  4.  Off to California/Westfork Girls
  5. Frank Gardiner at Eugowra Rocks
  6. Australia's on the wallaby
  7. The golden west
  8. To the north
  9. The diamond drill
  10. Out upon a spree
  11. The Johnson Boys
  12. The old Palmer song.
  13. The Jolly Puddlers
  14. Tambaroora gold/Sweets of May
  15. Stringybark and greenhide
  16. The quartz crushing machine
  17. Australia the golden
  18. The cross of the south
  19. The roaring days

Take your choice of flac or MP3 versions below. The downloaded file will be a Zip file which needs to be decompressed to extract the individual tracks and the LP graphics files.

Flac (lossless) version 191MB; or

MP3 256-320VBR version 50MB

File not available? Email mr.stockman@gmail.com

Friday, August 7, 2020

Gordon McIntyre & Kate Delaney "Blackwaterside" LP Stereo 1981

"Tassie" Ian provided the rip of this album. I have had rips previously, including one of my own, but they have not been of a sufficient quality for putting on the Blog.

Gordon and Kate are well known in Australian folk music circles and I am pleased to finally bring this album to your attention. Overall the music has cleaned up very well but there are a couple of production or editing or production problems I could not fix but only one of those will stand out. The vocals are somewhat overwhelmed by backing music in "Green Rushes"

We have a mix here of English, Irish, Scottish, and Australian and one forebitter. All of you will find something to enjoy here.

The graphics include words for all the songs on the album.

Tracklist: 1. Lassie wi' the yellow coatie. 2. Alan McLean. 3. Fisherrow. 4.Poor ditching boy. 5. Blackwaterside. 6. The Bullgine Run. 7. The lost Sailor. 8.The cork leg. 9. Green Rushes. 10. My love is like a red red rose. 11. Currency Lasses.

Each upload is a single compressed file which need to be decompressed to extract the music and graphics files.

Click here to download the FLAC (lossless) version. 175MB

Click here to download the MP3 VBR256-320 version. 51MB

Any problems? Let me know by email to mr.stockman@gmail.com

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Sligo Maid "Lass" Cassette stereo 1993

And yet another rip from the Victorian Bush Folkie. Again many thanks.
Sligo Maid was a popular Newcastle, New South Wales, band which regularly performed at the Lass O' Gowrie Hotel. Its members were: –
Susan Carson – vocals, violin, mandolin, guitar.
Cathy Cox – vocals, piano accordion, keyboards, tin whistle.
Peter Tarren – vocals, guitar.
Dave Marshall – drums and vocals.
John (Babalooboo) Gottery – vocals and bass.
Grant Fraser – Lead guitar and vocals.

I understand that this band was fairly versatile but the content of this album is very definitely in the folk rock style. Steeleye Span is a group that readily comes to mind when listening to this album. Do not let this put you off because they are very good at what they are doing.

Tracklist
1. Hard times of old England
2. Rocky road medley (Rocky Road to Dublin and the Galway races)
3. Sligo Maid
4. Let her go down.
5. All around my hat
6. Mooncoin Jig
7. Woman of Ireland (not to be confused with O'Riada's Women of Ireland)
8. The Whale.

Click here to begin downloading the (flac) version. 148 MB
Click here to begin downloading the MP3 version. 39 MB

In either case, you will be downloading a compressed (Zip) file you will probably need to decompress to play the music and to see the included graphics.
If you have any problems or any information to add please contact me on my email: – mr.stockman.au@gmail.com

Friday, May 8, 2020

Bandicoots Band "Brisbane Ladies" Cassette (date unknown)

The Victorian Bush Folkie generously provided this cassette rip. Thanks again.

I know nothing about this Band other that it is not to be confused with the folk music pioneers The Bushwackers and Bandicoots Band.

The track list is, with the exception of The Ballad of New Orleans, a stock repertoire of many of the more popular Australian folk songs and instrumentals.

The Band's performance is competent and entertaining and the album is well produced.


The cassette was of good quality and there was very little need for editing.

You have a choice of flac (lossless) or MP3 (256-320VBR) tracks as listed below. Each option comes as a ZIP file and should be decompressed  to extract the album tracks and cassette graphics.

Click here to start download of flac (lossless)  option 246MB

Click here to start downloading the MP3 option 62MB

Any problems: contact me mr.stockman@Gmail.com

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Smiths Gully Band "About Time" LP 1981

Another offering fromTassie Ian that I had overlooked before. Many thanks Ian.
I have been absent for a while with continuing health issues so I apologise for my lack of activity. Now with winter and the Covid19 isolation, I will be attempting to put up some more music.
This album is a somewhat eclectic grouping of songs and instrumental tracks. Some of the songs have been penned by members of the band but they are definitely in a folky style and quite enjoyable.
The album is obviously not a sophisticated production but I do not find that much of an issue other than the vocals are sometimes a little overwhelmed by the instrumentation.
I was surprised and delighted to discern the inclusion of a french horn in the instrumentation. It worked well.

The members of the band, pictured here at Smiths Gully Cemetery are:-
Norm Adams on fiddle;
Raynor Balfour on mandolin, flute, tin whistle, accordian, piano, abd 5 string banjo;
Keith O.Lawrie - guitar and vocals
John Rasmussen - guitars 6 and 12 string, 5 string banjo and vocals;
Marshall Webb - bodhran, concertina, lagerphone, and fence paling.; and
Bill Gallicher - band mixer and knob twiddler.

AND with some help from friends Belinda Cody, Butterfly Bertram and Alex Grieve with vocals, snare drum, washboard and french horn.

Tracklist:-
1, The old grey goose (instrumental)
2, Fitzroy St Lady (Rasmussen)V (Fitzroy St, ST Kilda)
3. Davey Douglas (Lawrie)
4. Instrumental medley - musical priest, Bob Caseys, and trim the velvet.
5.The back  blocks shearer.
6. Bakery Hill (Rasmussen)
7. The Road to Lisdoonvarna*
8. Lonegans widow (Silverstein)
9. Hello Stranger (Lawrie)

* Liner notes doubt the existence of Lisdoonvarna. It is a small town in County Clare which used to host a music festival about which Christy Moore wrote the song "Lisdoonvarna".

The album and its graphics have been incorporated into ZIP files which should be decompressed before playing.

Click here to begin downloading the MP3 (256) version ZIP file - 45MB

Click here to begin downloading the FLAC (lossless) version ZIP file - 145MB

Any problems:- contact me mr.stockman@gmail.com

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Currency "First Exchange ~ Rocking Australian Folk" LP 1982

The rip of this album was provided by the Victorian Bush Folkie. It has cleaned up well,

Currency (not to be confused with the Currency Lads group featured elsewhere on this blog) was a Canberra based folk group.

Obviously a talented group of musicians who like to venture into folk rock with both skill and enthusiasm.

They even have a condensed and modified version of the "The Bastard of the Bush" aka "The Captain of the Push" suitable for play in mixed company. It hangs together pretty well. And they even have some tracks featuring the less seen songs.

Tracklist
1. Bluey Brink
2. I know who is sick
3. The Miner
4. Hangman Noose
5. Death of Dan Morgan
6. Bastard from the bush
7. Come Listen
8. Wreck of the Amphitrite
9. Double Dissolution (instrumental)
10, Labouring with the hoe
11. Cuckoo's Nest (with a bit of "Navvy on the Line")

The two files below are compressed "zip" files which need to decompressed before playing. Choose one or the other format. Graphics are included.
Click here for the MP3 256-320VBR format 64MB
Click here for the flac (lossless) version  252MB
Click here for flac version from MediaFire 

File not available - please contact mr.stockman@gmail.com

Friday, September 13, 2019

Robbie Brock with Dougie Maclean "On the Blooming Queensland Side - Old Songs and New Songs about Australia" LP 1988

This rip was provided by Tassie Ian and I have only done a modicum of editing.

According to the rear of the LP slip, Robbie Brock is a born and bred Queenslander who obviously found his way to Scotland where he recorded this album at the studio of Scottish folk singer Dougie Maclean and it sounds like Dougie also provided some instrumental backing.

A Narelle Nugent also sings one of the tracks and appears to provides occasional vocal backing.  Both Narelle and Robbie are unknown to me.

To all appearances there was ample and varied instrumental backing but no details are advised.

The album was produced by Warren Fahey's Larrikin label. The music is a mixed lot of both songs and instrumentals. Not that impressive an album but the first track has captured my interest.

Tracklist
1.  The Blooming Queensland Side
2. Spirit of Erin  (In the spirit of  'Dennis O'Reilly')
3. Didjeree
4. September Below
5. Birds on the Track
6. Zig Zag Lady
7. Sad Song Currawong
8. Isle of Skye (just about love of the Isle - no Prince Charlie)
9. The Hat Man's Lament
10. Two Professional Hums
11. Didjereetoo

Download compressed files with graphics. Such files will need to be decompressed before use.
Click here for MP3 256-320VBR version 45MB
Click here for flac (lossless) version 143MB.
Email me mr.stockman@gmail.com if download not available.

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Good Time Bush Band "At Parmy's Woolshed Berrima" 1981 LP

Another good album from Tassie Ian; Nice and clean thus requiring only basic cleaning.
Berrima is a lovely, historic little village in the NSW Southern Highlands highly dependent on tourism.

Parmy's Woolshed was previously unknown to me but apparently it was licensed from 1978 to 1990 in the category "theatres and public halls".

Likewise, I had never heard of this group before. Nevertheless, their performances on this album are competent, lively and entertaining. The members are identified by their names as Parmy, Lindsay, Rick, Rod, Tim, Willie and Bob. Their signatures add a little more. Parmy is possibly a Nev Parmenter. Lindsay may be a Lindsay Martin, and Rod appears to have the family name of Johnson. Tim is clearly Timothy Lee and Bob is Bob Piggott.  There is nothing further for Rick and Willie. Information to mr.stockman@gmail.com will be very welcome.

Tracklist
1. Good Time (group intro. song)
2. Billy of Tea
3. Flash Jack from Gundagai
4. Whispering Castle Music
5. Murshin Durkin (sic)
6. Let's do something cheap and superficial
7. Can't get the stuff no more
8. Twofold Bay
9. Wild Rover
10. The Cockies of  Bungaree
11. Wild wood flower (sic)/Skip to my lou
12. The rye buck shearer (sic)
13. Are you kissing more now
14. With my swag all on my shoulder

Below, click on whichever version prefer. All graphics including an inner graphic are included. Tracks and graphics are in a Zip file which must be decompressed.
Flac (lossless) version 241MB
MP3 version 256-320 VBR 71MB

Do not use the comment facility. It is not working. eMail mr.stockman@gmail.com instead.
Enjoy the music

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Raglan Road - Untitled LP c1980

Tassie Ian provided the material for this LP. Many thanks. Good clean tracks which needed only a medium level of cleaning.

Raglan Road mainly performed in Sydney venues from 1979 into the '80s. This was the first of their albums - an EMI custom production.   The release year is unknown to me but it precedes the subsequent 1983 re-release of the album by Larriken Records with the addition of a title - "Irish Folk Songs" (In fact it is an eclectic mix of Irish, English, Scottish songs along with their versions of "The Lachlan Tigers" and the USA "Coal Tattoo).

The band was then composed  0f four members, namely, two Irish expats Martin Doherty and Jim Donnelly, a Scottish lass Kirsty McCallum, and one Tom Minogue about which I can find nothing. (He has been recorded as a Tom Manogue on Discogs and elsewhere but I suspect that this is an error brought by the elaborate calligraphy on the rear of the LP cover.) Can anyone help with this gentleman? He was not in the band in its later years.

They were obviously good performers. I would have loved to have seen a live performance.

UPDATE
One of our kind visitors has pointed out that there is a Raglan Road Reunion site. Click Here to visit it. There is a lot of history and also a CD and a DVD available to purchase.

Tracklist
1. Coal Tattoo
2. Rambling Irishman
3. We're Alive
4. Church street ~ Blackrock  Polka medley (instrumental)
5. Fear An Bhata
6. Lachlan Tigers
7. Broom o'Cowden Knowes
8, A piper's prayer (instrumental)
9. Blackleg Miner
10. The town I loved so well
11. Sally free and easy
12. Anathea
13. The Old Triangle

Download files are compressed and need to be decompressed to extract the tracks and graphic files.
Click here to download MP3 (256-320 VBR version 58 MB)
Click here to download FLAC version (181MB)

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The best thing though is to use a VPN - they are quite cheap now and offer a lot of security from this sort of intrusion. It also means that you are hidden from all but your VPN provider.