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Folklore: Oz sea shanties

Rowan 03 Nov 08 - 04:53 PM
Tangledwood 03 Nov 08 - 05:28 PM
Sandra in Sydney 03 Nov 08 - 06:01 PM
Charley Noble 03 Nov 08 - 07:03 PM
Lighter 03 Nov 08 - 09:21 PM
freda underhill 04 Nov 08 - 02:50 AM
Charley Noble 04 Nov 08 - 09:39 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: Rowan
Date: 03 Nov 08 - 04:53 PM

Warrren Fahey's been at it again.

From the Ausfolk list; The info about the Clive Carey Collection (2nd para) may be of particular interest to those interested in shanties.

Howdy everybody,

The Summer quarterly edition of BODGIE NEWS is now available online. Two pages of information (and numerous redirections) from the Australian Folklore Unit, forthcoming performances featuring The Larrikins, and new book and recording projects. This editions also features re-directions to two very important collections of Australian Folklore.

The Clive Carey Collection' of Australian sea shanties - the words to over 66 sea shanties taken down on Kangaroo Island in 1923 - this is the largest collection of sea songs sung on the Australian run and an exciting addition to the site.

'Hey Ho Raggedy O' - a complete 13 chapter e-book on the history and songs surrounding the 'Billy Barlow' character. This is a fascinating story of how songs travel.

Don't forget the website now features several free radio programs from the ABC archives and featuring some of Australia's most important contributors to the understanding of our bush song heritage. There is also a series 'The Songs That Made Australia' featuring my field recordings of Sally Sloane, Susan Colley, Joe Watson, Cyril Duncan, Rad Dawson and many more.

The direct link to the Bodgie News
http://warrenfahey.com/news/BodgieNews-Summer08.pdf

Enjoy.

Warren Fahey
Australian Folklore Unit
www.warrenfahey.com

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: Tangledwood
Date: 03 Nov 08 - 05:28 PM

Tremendous Rowan, thank you. Catching all the information from those links should fill in the rest of the week I think.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Nov 08 - 06:01 PM

'Hey Ho Raggedy O' - a complete 13 chapter e-book on the history and songs surrounding the 'Billy Barlow' character. This is a fascinating story of how songs travel.

This is our very own Joybell's masterpiece, and the site is a creation of our Alice in Wonderland.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Nov 08 - 07:03 PM

Looking forward to hearing more!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: Lighter
Date: 03 Nov 08 - 09:21 PM

Nice surprise!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: freda underhill
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 02:50 AM

Songwriter and singer Harry Robertson was one of Australia's pioneer folk performers and folk music activists. He was a Scot by birth, and Australian by choice. In 1941 he joined the Navy and worked on tugs on the north-east coast of Scotland. During this period, Robertson began to write songs based on his experience as a seaman. One of his compositions Deep Sea Tug was later included in the Oxford Book of Sea Songs.

In 1947 Robertson was released from the Navy and he pursued a career working on oil tankers as a merchant seaman. He travelled widely and fell in love with Brisbane, Australia. In 1950, Robertson joined a Norwegian whaling fleet and worked in the Antarctic for nearly two years. He and his wife Rita Murray emigrated to Newborough, Victoria, in 1952, and Harry found work with various whaling companies in Moreton Bay, Norfolk Island and Byron Bay. After many years at sea, Robertson settled in Brisbane and became a successful songwriter and performer. He also became heavily involved in the folk movement in Brisbane and was a key contributor in the establishment and success of the 1967, 1968 and 1969 National Folk Festivals.

In 1969 Robertson and his family moved to Sydney with the intention of concentrating on his music career. Two years later he released Whale Chasing Men, an album featuring songs written by Robertson about his experiences on the sea. The album was very successful and the song Norfolk Whalers and won an "Eddie" in the National Radio Awards for Best Australian Composition in 1972. Later he collaborated with film director and producer Ken Dyer, and composed music and wrote scripts for the ABC's A Big Country series, which also won numerous awards. Whale Chasing Men was re-issued by ScreenSound Australia in 2001.

Among other songs he wrote the wonderful "Wee Pot Stove", made famous by Nic jones and Danny Spooner among others. He was a fantasic songwriter and his cd can be purchased here

freda


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 09:39 AM

Freda-

Thanks for the notes on Harry Robinson. I did pick up a copy of WHALE CHASING MEN on one of my trips to Oz and it is a treasured reference CD.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: cobber
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 08:34 PM

Thanks for the links. My vinyl Harry Robertson is worn out. My favourite of his songs was Ship Repairing Men but we always enjoyed singing Queensland Whalers as well. That song causes a lot of arguments with people who think that by singing it, you are promoting whaling rather than presenting a snapshot of a time long past.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 09:07 PM

For Fu................. sake the world is changing Obama is on the way


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Oz sea shanties
From: shipcmo
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 09:32 AM

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