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Thread #1808   Message #993781
Posted By: Bob Bolton
30-Jul-03 - 06:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Outside Track (Henry Lawson)
Subject: RE: Outside Track - Henry Lawson

Yes - inter alia! Paterson was a poet and author of a number of prose stories and books ... as well as a solicitor, journalist and war correspondent (Boer War & WW I), 'Remount Officer' (contractor supplying horses to troops in WW I). Very few of his poems went directly into the tradition as songs: Waltzing Matilda and The Bushman's Song (aka Travelling Down the Castlereagh or The Old Jig-Jog are probably the only collected examples.

In the "folk revival", a number of artists have set other poems - particularly Graham Jenkins ... best known for his setting of Clancy's Gone With Cattle and Cathy Sullivan, best known for her setting of The Song of Artesian Water. Graham Jenkins produced quite a decent book, full of settings of Paterson's poems ... but many have not had great impact.


Bob Bolton