Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Wild Colonial Boys "Glenrowan to the Gulf" CD release of 1970 LP

Track List
1. All for Me Grog
2. Lime Juice Tub
3. The Ryebuck Shearer
4. The Wild Colonial Boy
5. Shores of Botany Bay
6. Poor Ned Kelly
7. Soldiers Joy - Mason's Apron
8. South Australia
9. Nine Miles from Gundagai
10. Ballad of the Kelly Gang
11. Flash Stockman
12. The Death of Ben Hall
13. The Cuckoo's Nest
14. The Canine Catastrophe
15. A Thousand Miles Away

This album was originally released as an LP in 1970, re-released on Larrikin (or so I think) in the 1980s and then in 1996 on CD. This rip and the provided covers come from that CD. MP3 ripped at 196-224 VBR.
Although performing some of the usual Australian traditional songs, they too have usually opted for lesser-known versions in both lyrical and instrumental terms. Like many bands, they tend to substitute as to what that "bloody dog" did in the tuckerbox (food container) five or nine miles from Gundagai. Some may be wondering as to why "sitting" in the tuckerbox was such a bad thing. It makes more sense if you put the 'h' back into "sat". "Poor Ned Kelly" is not traditional - it started as a tongue-in-cheek Australian "hillbilly" song in the 1930s giving an outline of Ned Kelly's criminal activity and execution but also deriving the moral that modern day "bushrangers" use taxes and high prices to rob everyone with impunity - a great song picked up by many Australian folk singers. A very enjoyable album.

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  1. This one brings back a lot of memories as it was one of the first LPs we ever bought of Australian folk. Hard to find back then! Although we have most of the LPs posted here on this great site, it is so good to finally have such fine digitised copies. Many thanks.

  2. What are the names of the blokes on the cover?

  3. Jim Fingleton, concertina, lagerphone, spoons ; Jacko Evans, accordion ; Tony Lavin, bush bass ; Bob McInnes, banjo mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle ; Bill Morgan, 6 & 12 string guitar, bush bass.

    1. Minor correction it is 'Jacko Kevans not Evans

    2. Thanks for that advice Keiran - I should have realised that at the time instead of creating a new folk artist!

    3. I was about to correct you myself when I saw Keiran's comments. This was probably my first LP of Aussie music when I was in Canberra 1971 to 1973, not only a Pom but like many early arrivals "sent" by the British government; but I only had to serve 3 years in the Pommie High Commission :-) Bob and Jacko were good mates, and Jim Fingleton was then in Papua-New Guinea and we only saw him occasionally, and Bill and Tony from time to time. Bob, who lived round the corner from me in Canberra, encouraged me to play fiddle; I thought for a long time I was therefore the second fiddler in Canberra, but Tom Rummery also played; it was a privilege to be involved with them (I played in a band with Tom, Kate and Colin McJannet; and indeed many others in the Yarralumla Woolshed Dances). I've still got the LP (somewhere! We've just moved!) but I'm glad to see it's a CD - MUST BUY IT! Chris Shaw, E:

    4. Do you know where Bill Moran got to?

    5. Sorry Pam, published the wrong spelling one. We are wondering about Bill Morgan.

  4. I new Bill Morgan for a few months in 1971 in Bundaberg, as we both tried our hand at scallop trawling and then hung out for a while with the trawler crews.

    1. I met Bill in Bundaberg as well. I met up with him again living in Balmain and lived shortly with him at his residencein known as Morgan Mansion.I remember meeting Jacko during my time in Balmain as well. I too have have been trying to re connect with him. Sounds like Bill went off the grid. Has anyone located him.

    2. Did you happen to travel with Bill north to Carins. Bill played at a folk club where Phil Oches played as well that night. We must have met as I worked on the boats and became friends with Bill during that time.