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An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson

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Subject: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: cloudstreet
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 05:33 PM

Inspired by Jon Boden's "Folk Song A Day", I have begun a similar project on this side of the world.

An Australian Folk Song A Day began on January 26 (Australia Day). The plan is to post one song each day for a year. While occasionally cloudstreet songs may make an appearance, to date all but two of the songs have been songs that I have not previously sung or performed.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

John Thompson
cloudstreet


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: maggi
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 05:50 PM

Australian Folk Song a Day

Good luck!


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 06:46 PM

Great stuff. Good luck with this.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: freda underhill
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 07:16 PM

What a great site, I've joined as a follower.

freda


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: JennyO
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 07:18 PM

Great idea John. I'm sure there'll be no shortage of them! Nice website too :)


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: maeve
Date: 07 Feb 11 - 07:47 PM

I'll be following this project.
Maeve


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: eftifino
Date: 08 Feb 11 - 01:00 AM

How about
'Clancy of the Overflow.'


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 08 Feb 11 - 05:32 AM

Just added this to my google reader feed. :)


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: freda underhill
Date: 08 Feb 11 - 07:34 AM

As well as all the info, there's beautifully done recordings to listen to.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: Alan Day
Date: 08 Feb 11 - 08:28 AM

I thought this was a request!!
Good luck
Al


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: maeve
Date: 09 Feb 11 - 08:02 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day
From: Roberto
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 04:27 AM

Very good. But there are some songs I can't listen to. Banks of the Condemine, e. g.: the buffering doesn't work. R


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Subject: An Australian Folk Song A Day: January
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 05:07 PM

As far as I can tell, this projected started out on January 26, 2011, with Moreton Bay I think I'll try to follow this and provide a monthly calendar of the songs in this project. John, are the songs available for purchase or on a Podcast feed?

-Joe-


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Subject: An Australian Folk Song A Day: February
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 05:08 PM


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Subject: An Australian Folk Song A Day: March
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 05:08 PM


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Subject: An Australian Folk Song A Day: April
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 05:09 PM


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Subject: An Australian Folk Song A Day: May
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 05:09 PM


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 06:31 PM

Thanks for that, Joe.

At this stage, I have not yet tackled the idea of offering the tracks for sale or other download.

I'll have a think towards the end of February. For now they are free.

Cheers,

John
(who is now intimidated by the vast stretch of dates between now and the end of the month)


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 06:55 PM

I have also now re-loaded three of the songs that I was parking at google sites. They now reside happily in the directory where the others live. I guess they misbehaved because they felt lonely.

John


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: breezy
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 04:48 AM

All the best with this project John.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 01:41 PM

An ambitious project, but if anybody can do it -- and do it well -- it's you... Good on ya!

YY/Vikki Appleton Fielden


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Bugsy
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 10:22 PM

Hi John,

Looking forward to your house concert in Wanneroo WA on Feb 26.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 09:24 AM

Does the blog allow comments?
I've tried posting using google account and livejournal but it won't let me and I can't see a 'guest' post option.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: r.padgett
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 11:07 AM

I would advise that I assume not all songs have yet but recorded for download here, yet? (Can't hear 'em lol)

Early days John and I wish you all the patience you can muster in this endeavour

Ray


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 07:23 PM

Back in England, Jackie Oates has recorded "Past carin'" ... and I've just been at my local folk club listening to Ian Bruce singing "The banks are all broken they say..."

Kitty


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 07:24 PM

Oops, forgot to say, all best wishes John!

Kitty
xx


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 07:06 AM

A couple of people have raised an issue with me about being unable to play the tracks. They use a flash-based player and so won't be playable on iphone or ipad. All other flash-capable machines should work.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 05:31 AM

Refresh. If you haven't been following this project, you're missing a real treat.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 09:43 AM

I've been singing Wallaby Stew (which in my indexes I call "Since Dad got put in jail) for years, having learnt it from a recording of one of Bert Lloyd's radio programmes, with some differences from the version posted by John on 19 Feb.

In particular, verse 3, line 2 "He worked around the shearing shed and he certainly worked on her", which gives a stronger hint of the kind of work.

I also swap the second halves of verses 2 and 3, as I reckon that flows better: problems with the farm in one verse, and procreation in another verse.

Richard


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: freda underhill
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 04:06 AM

This website is just getting better and better, as more sites are added!


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: GUEST,MC Fat (at work)
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 04:43 AM

John
I've been singing 'Sign On Day' about sugar cane collecting in Cairns have a go at that one.
Jim


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 10:56 PM

Hi Jim,

"Sign-On Day" is today's song. Thanks for the tip.

John


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Artful Codger
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 02:54 PM

And it's a rouser!


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 08 May 11 - 05:55 AM

Past the 100 mark and going strong. Thanks to all for support and suggestions.

John


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Richard from Liverpool
Date: 08 May 11 - 06:02 AM

Congratulations, an amazing achievement and a truly brilliant project.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 May 11 - 07:56 PM

I've been busy the last couple of months. I hope none of the songs have been taken down from that period.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: freda underhill
Date: 17 May 11 - 10:06 AM

They're all still there. Here's an old favourite from Feb The springtime it brings on the shearing


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 May 11 - 11:19 PM

The songs now have download links, so you can right-click, save to your computer, and listen away. Some of the earlier songs do not have download links - then you have to use a bit of ingenuity.

Thanks for this wonderful music, John.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 29 Jun 11 - 08:14 AM

Still going strong. Not quite half way but we have managed to pass the 20000 site visit mark.

Thanks to all who have sent messages of support and encouragement.

John Thompson

An Australian Folk Song A Day


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Tangledwood
Date: 29 Jun 11 - 11:28 PM

Great project John, you're discovering and sharing some real treasures.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 30 Jun 11 - 12:53 AM

Gary Shearston sang a wonderful version of Wallaby Stew . I went something like this:

" Poor old Tim got umpteen years inside as everybody knows"

" For sucking on a stick of grass they give him denim clothes "

" He loved high on a mountain top but they picked up on his trail"

" And it's sad to relate the family fate since Tim got put in jail " etc


AD


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: GUEST,Don Stevens
Date: 30 Jun 11 - 04:45 PM

John:
I have been a 'fan' of Australian Music, since I served in the U.S. Merchant Marine, carrying supplies from Australia, to Japan, during the Korean War. Slim Dusty is my all-time favorite, although I haven't heard an Australian Folk/Country Singer that I haven't liked. Over the years, I've collected over a thousand Albums of Australian Music, thanks to Warren Fahey, and Dave De Hugard.

I think that what you are doing, is FANTASTIC! Thanks so much.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Aug 11 - 02:05 AM

I see I haven't kept up with my charts of John's song entries. Maybe I'll have time next month to catch up.
In the meantime, please visit this wonderful website and enjoy it.

-Joe-

Australian Folk Song a Day


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 11 - 05:21 PM

John's doing great work there. It's worth following the project on facebook or as an RSS feed.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: schlimmerkerl
Date: 25 Aug 11 - 07:25 PM

In the steam bath at the local Y, I've found that "Waltzing Matilda" takes about five minutes. I get some funny looks, but at least i have the place pretty much to myself.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 02:21 AM

Just passed the 30 000 pageview mark. Only 145 songs to go!

John Thompson
An Australian Folk Song A Day


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 04:00 AM

wow!


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Sep 11 - 11:32 PM

John, somebody posted Bringing the Beer to Broome. Seems like that might be a good song for your collection.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 03:28 AM

I hope people are following this fine piece of work. I don't see many comments in the blog, but people did speak up when one MP3 didn't work.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Tangledwood
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 09:03 PM

There may not be many comments but I believe there are many loyal followers. John lost his voice for a few days as a result of the cold/flu that everybody around here has been getting but he's caught up again.


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Oct 11 - 12:47 AM

Song number 250 was posted today. Into the home stretch. And coming up to 35 000 page views.

John


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 11:03 PM

Passed the 50 000 hit mark and into the home stretch. Today is post number 333.

Merry Christmas

John


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 04:09 AM

I'm still enjoying it, John. Merry Christmas!

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 09:37 PM

A happy Australia Day to you all.

One year on, the blogging project is complete. The posts, including lyrics and recordings will stay online for the foreseeable future.

367 songs

The blog is due to pass 60 000 page views tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement.

Enjoy,

John Thompson

http://ozfolksongaday.blogspot.com/


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 03:24 AM

now you can rest, John!

sandra

ps. what's your next project?


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: GUEST,simon george
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 08:11 PM

I really dig the reviews, opinions, and tips about the folk music and music in general you have on your blog. Great post, keep up the good work. Thanks. IStillGotMyGuitar


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 08:40 PM

Damn, Simon, I don't see any guitar stuff on John's blog. Could you be spamming us? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and won't put on my moderator hat and delete you. Next time, post on a guitar thread if you're talking about guitars.

John, I suppose "Waltzing" was an obvious choice for a closing song, but having it sung by a chorus was brilliant. Your blog was like a perfect concert that I wish would go on forever. The final song brought tears to my eyes.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 08:51 AM

I couldn't find The Glass on the Bar in your blog, John; just recorded it myself today as part of my 2012 New Years Fiddlesangs Resolve to learn a bunch of new songs & overhaul some auld yins for sessions, singarounds and (of course) Soundcloud...

The Glass on the Bar


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Subject: RE: An Australian Folk Song A Day: John Thompson
From: cloudstreet
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 10:48 PM

As requested by a number of visitors, CDs of the majority of the songs from the blog are now available, either as a two-disc MP3 set containing 287 songs, or as month-by-month audio CDs.

The two-disc set is A$50 including postage to anywhere, the individual month CDs are $10 each and likewise include postage.

Tracklists for the MP3 CDs are available here: Link

Thanks to everyone who's offered encouragement and support during this project.

John Thompson
ozfolksongaday.com


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