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Thread #167534   Message #4042774
Posted By: Tony Rees
29-Mar-20 - 04:58 AM
Thread Name: Sally Sloane, Australian source singer (1894-1982)
Subject: Sally Sloane - Australian source singer
I've been doing a bit of research on the amazing Australian source singer and musician Sally Sloane (1894-1982), who not only sang (really well) but also played at an accomplished level on (at least) button accordion, jew's harp, fiddle, mouth organ and tin whistle. John Meredith, well known Australian folk song collector, was introduced to her in 1955 and went on to record an astonishing 150 songs and tunes from her, surely something of a record for an individual informant anywhere ?? Part of her importance from a folklore perspective is that, in addition to being a storehouse of Australian songs etc., she also had versions of many Irish and British songs which were brought to Australia by her Irish grandmother, who arrived there in 1838.

I have tried to summarise what I have found, with a modicum of sleuthing (internet sources in the main), at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Sloane . I invite mudcat readers to take a look, if only to be impressed at her achievements and life, but also if anyone would like to comment further - for example on the folkloristic aspects of her material, with which I am not too familiar - or anything really, comments are very welcome.

I believe she had 5 children in her early life (e.g. 1911-1920 or so) but they would almost certainly have passed away by now; however it is quite likely that grandchildren may be around - their parents with a birth surname of Mountford - wouldn't it be great if some of them were aware of the achievements of their grandmother...

Anyway I thought I would just put this out there and see what eventuates,

Regards from Australia - Tony Rees