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Don Henderson Project update

mark gregory 11 Sep 08 - 04:35 AM
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Subject: Don Henderson Project update
From: mark gregory
Date: 11 Sep 08 - 04:35 AM

Don Henderson was one of the first in the Australian folk revival to
take up the pen to write about things happening around him, in the
cities, the mines, the building industry, the maritime industry. He
took up 'issues' too with many anti-war songs prominent in his work.

Although Don died in 1991 a number of his songs found a new use
particularly in opposition to the Iraq War and in the struggle to
protect Rights at Work. In 2003 three of Don's songs were featured on
the Maritime Union of Australia centenary CD 'With These Arms'. Don's
work shows that he was a crosser of musical boundaries, folk, country,
rock, blues, rock opera and talking blues.

A striking example of the continued popularity and spread of Don's
songs is that in early 2003 at a New York peace concert, protesting
against the looming war in Iraq, Dan Zanes (2007 Grammy Award winner
for Best Musical Album for Children) sang Don's Vietnam War song

Sally Henderson and Mark Gregory set up the Don Henderson Project to
begin the process of producing an up to date selection of Don's songs
on CD and introduce his songs to a new generation of the folk song and
labour movements in Australia and elsewhere.

The project is established under the auspices of the Queensland Folk
Federation. The project has the support of many singers of Don's
songs: Gary Shearston, Alex Hood, Helen Rowe, Dave de Hugard, Danny
Spooner, Tommy Leornard, Anne Bermingham, Bill Berry, Griff Bignell
and Craig McGregor.

The Don Henderson Project is funded through a sponsorship system
whereby a donation of $150 entitles the donor to 3 of the double CDs
when they are published as well as being named in the CD booklet (
more info at ). To date the
sponsorship has raised more than $4000 from individuals, folk clubs,
folk festivals, folk federations and union and labour history branches
and even a foundation.

We are getting close to our target, but hope this update will
encourage further sponsorship!

Please visit the website at to read more
about the Don Henderson Project and download a sponsorship form.

best regards


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Subject: RE: Don Henderson Project update
From: mark gregory
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 07:33 PM

Three and half years ago the Don Henderson Project was launched at the National Folk Festival in Canberra with the mission to raise interest and finance to produce a CD of Don's songs.

The interest was there and the finance came in the form of sponsorship from Don's friends, those who sang and recorded his songs, unions, folk festivals, folk federations and folk clubs. This kind of sponsorship seems to have entered the realm of the folk process in Australia, with sponsors being recognised in the CD booklet and receiving 3 copies of the CD on publication.

The result is a double CD with 40 songs, one CD of Don singing and the second of others singing his songs:

Declan Affley, Alex Hood, Gray Shearston, Ann Bermingham, Dave de Hugard, Bill Berry, Danny Spooner, Helen Rowe, Griff Bignell, Geoff Wills, Terry Hannagan, Annette Hood, Mark Gregory, Craig McGregor, Sally Henderson and Tommy Leonard.

The tracks for 'The Songs of Don Henderson' have come from a variety of sources, recordings dating between 1965 and 2007.

Among them are studio, concert and home recordings on every medium from reel-to-reel tape, LPs, cassette tape to digital recordings, restored where necessary to the best quality achievable without losing the original atmosphere.

The 'The Songs of Don Henderson' is auspiced by the Queensland Folk Federation and released through Shoestring Records and release being planned for 15 December.

The CD will be launched at a special concert on 28 December at the Woodford Folk Festival.

For more information please visit the project website at


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Subject: RE: Don Henderson Project update
From: mark gregory
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 10:03 PM

My dates are a year out!

the National Folk Festival of the launch of the Don Henderson Project was Saturday 7 April 2007 2 and half

also it's Gary Shearston, of course! so my spelling is as awry as my sense of time



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Subject: RE: Don Henderson Project update
From: mark gregory
Date: 04 Nov 09 - 06:01 AM

on the other hand:

On Monday 17 April 2006 the Don Henderson Project was conceived after the roaring success of 'The Songs of Chris Kempster' double CD at the National Folk Festival in Canberra.

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