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Folklore: Australian Bawdy Songs now available

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Subject: Folklore: Australian Bawdy Songs now available
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 03:30 AM

Many readers will know of my continuing interest in collecting bawdy song and bush verse - remnants of a disappearing tradition.

Whilst I still haven't been able to interest a publisher for the book I am delighted to advise the availability of the two CDs featuring the worst of the material sung by an all-star crew.

Recorded late last year by the Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band the singers include:
Major Bumsore. The Major saw action in WW2 where he was officer in charge of latrines and ablutions. A strict disciplinarian, he had a well-earned reputation as a man on a mission. He learnt many of his songs in seedy bars, shower blocks, and quartermaster's stores and on route marches.

Andre Rude. Born of immigrant parents, probably from the Netherlands, Andre learnt the violin at an early age. Although his favourite composer is Strauss he also claims to be fond of heavy metal and some operatic arias. He also plays mandolin, guitar and gin rummy.

Sheila Blige. As recognisable from her name Shiela claims Aussie/Celtic ancestry. A gifted fiddler she has been advised to keep her hands to herself and her music to the world.

Dick Longhorn. Despite his name Dick is quite short and does not play horns. He is a fine fiddler and has been known to break out in song and rashes.

Oliver Guinness. Oliver has a drinking problem but, when sober, can play several instruments including mandolin, violin, Vera Lynne and a glass of gin.

Rodney McMinge. Highly talented at the keyboard and cheeseboard this keyboard player has made quite a name for himself in bawdy song circles. He proudly wears the McMinge tartan of shaggy crossed black and red pubic hairs interwoven with the McMinge family motto: 'One In All In'

Thanks also to Ben Dover and his brother Skip Dover, Buster Cherry, Dick Burns and Ophelia Titz for their loving support for the project.

aka - George Washingmachine, Clare O'Meara, Mark Oats, Marcus Holden, Garry Steel and Warren Fahey.

The material includes classic Australian bawdy songs like The Barmaid With Gonorrhoea, No Balls At All, Barnacle Bill, Maggie's On the Shit-chute, Last Night I Pulled My Pud, On Top Of Old Sophie etc plus equally offensive bush verse - The Bastard from the Bush, Homan's Bar and the Shearer's Lament.


SING US ANOTHERY, DIRTY AS BUGGERY. various artists. $24.95

ROOTED IN THE COUNTRY. various artists, $24.95

For full track details, notes and cover art visit

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Australian Bawdy Songs now available
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 06:16 AM

wot, no cookie, Warren?

Bodgie's website

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Australian Bawdy Songs now available
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 11:41 AM


Thanks for the link to the website.

Simply amazing!

Charley Noble

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Australian Bawdy Songs now available
From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 06:26 PM

What happened to the other two old ladies?

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