Friday, January 23, 2009

The Settlers "Songs of the Snowy Mountains" 1999 CD re-release

CD MP3 Rip @160-224VBR

Track List
1. Blowering Dam
2. Jindabyne Farewell
3. Snow Kitten
4. Old Talbingo
5. The Thredbo Slop
6. The Ballad of Big Pedro
7. The Cooma Cavaliers
8. Jack Bridle's Farewell
9. Friday Night - Long Weekend
10. Winter Back in My Heart
11. Watson's Crag
12. Snowy Mountains Songs
13. The Biggest Trout in Eucumbene
14. 1949
15. The Dozer Driver Man
16. Young Jack Frost - Texan
17. Brandy Mary
18. Paddy Went Home in the Rain
19. Hard Rock Drilling - I've Done it
20. The Big Construction Game
21. Long Gone Pom
22. Dear Hoffman
23. A Bottle of Scotch and an Old Guitar
24. Song of the Mountains

In 1949, the Australian Government initiated the Snowy Mountains Scheme, a major engineering scheme involving diverting rivers from the Australian Alps into the far dryer inland combined with the generation of hydro-electricity. In those immediate post-war recovery years, Australia did not have sufficient manpower and other resources to construct the 225kms of tunnels, 16 dams, 7 power stations, pipelines and aqueducts involved. The greater majority of workers came from overseas and included many of the displaced persons from Europe. Of the 100,000 persons working on the project, 120 died in various mishaps.
Ulick O'Boyle (Irish), his wife Ann Rutherford (English), and a Peter Barry (also English) were three of those workers. They formed as a trio and developed an impressive repertoire of songs written by Ulick about the various aspects of the scheme. Initially, they performed just for their fellow workers at the various drinking holes at the scheme. In 1966, their body of work so impressed a record producer that they were immediately retained and their first LP "Sings Songs of the Snowy Mountains" was released in 1966. It was a big success so it was soon followed up with "Sings More songs of the Snowy Mountains".
In 1999, as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Scheme, those two LPs were released on the one CD featured here.
This really is a mixed bag. For example, there is the pathos involved in the submerging of two towns, the original Talbingo and Jindabyne; the grief at the deaths of Big Pedro and Olaf the Dozer Driver Man (both true events); the comedy of Snow Kitten vamp and the joy of the Cooma Cavaliers; the optimism of Dear Hoffman; the despair of the gambling addict in Blowering Dam and the homesick Jack Frost. They were songs which firstly resonated with their fellow workers and secondly with those of us looking in.
Peter Barry resides in Sydney and he did make a cameo appearance in 2008 at the National Folk Festival in Canberra where he performed with a Settlers tribute group. I understand that Ulick lives in the Canberra area.

This rip has previously been posted in Time Has Told Me in three parts.

DOWNLOAD OF THIS CD NO LONGER AVAILABLE - It has been re-pressed so please buy it by contacting Shannon O'Boyle (daughter of Ulick) from or at:-
Monaro Books & Music
49 Vale Street
PO Box 1234
Cooma NSW 2630

ph 02 6452 4225
fax 02 6452 2339


  1. Great Blog. Many thanks!

  2. Reviewed very favorably in Forte and Tsunami music magazines, July 2010.

  3. I have a CD called Kiandra and Beyond.
    I purchased it at the Tamworth Country Music Festival about 4 years ago. Not sure who the busker was but I suspect either Paul Davey or Ken white.
    This is a great CD and songs are:-
    Water Pipeline
    Lorna doone
    Nomads Last Ride
    Lake Jindabyne
    Monaro Fantasy
    Snowy Rambler
    Shoot out in Sharp Street
    Disappearing Digger
    Snown Mountain Loss
    Cattlemans Ride
    Jindabyne Rodeo
    First Aid Shed
    The Road to Theodore
    Heartbreak Farm
    Cooma Cavaliers
    Adieu Judy
    Overlander Rover
    I believe there is another CD or tape called West of Cooma which I would like to track down.
    This has a track called Hallpack Blues

    1. Is Kiandra and Beyond one of Ulrich's?

    2. Yes. Go here:

  4. Two further Albums by Ulrich & the Settlers
    Kiandra and Beyond
    West of Cooma.

    I would like to know where these can be obtained

  5. Picked up the CD while wandering through the Snowy Mountains recently. An old school mate and I had always wanted to see something of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. These songs are fantastic. We had it playing ‘for hours and hours, without any cease’ as we drove about. I too would like to find the other LPs. I’ll try some online auction sites and various Sydney record fairs. Will kept this site posted. Cheers

  6. Those wanting the other albums should contact Shannon O'Boyle, Ulick O'Boyle's daughter, at the email, phone or mail contacts shown in this posting. CDs are available of those two albums from Shannon but I can't recall the price (I lost her email in a crash).

    1. Thank you ... I'll get in touch with Shannon O'Boyle as I'm interested in purchasing this music having grown up with it when I lived in Island Bend & then Talbingo as a child.

  7. This is a great cd!!!

  8. Just a quick note, the original record comes up for sale in ebay a few times each year. That's how I bought my copy!

  9. Loved this group from the first 2 LP's.
    So did some rat who stole them at a party.