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Lyr Add: Australian Folk Songs update

mark gregory 19 Mar 16 - 12:37 AM
Joe Offer 19 Mar 16 - 02:01 AM
Sandra in Sydney 19 Mar 16 - 02:41 AM
mark gregory 19 Mar 16 - 07:34 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Australian Folk Songs update
From: mark gregory
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 12:37 AM

For the last five years I have been regularly exploring early Australian digitised newspapers looking for the earliest publications of lyrical material about working life.
In doing so I have poached material from something like 150 different newspaper titles
and added about 400 songs and poems to my Australian Folk Songs collection which joined the infant internet in with 101 songs in late 1994.

As an example of the newest discoveries added to the site please visit the using following dozen links:

The Shearing Time (1909)
Bound For Darling Harbour (1956)
The Song of the Bullocky (1913)
Ballad Of The Unemployed (1932)
The Sardine Box (1887)
Haynau And The Southwark Brewers (1850)
I Don't Go Shearing Now (1885)
Eight-Hour Day--1915 (1915)
The Spirit of the Bushmen (1891)
The Dying Stockman (1882)
The Rabbit-Buyer's Lament (1904)
Your Tool Box Will Be Raffled By-And-Bye (1899)

Millions of pages of Australian newspapers are searched every day using the
National Library of Australia TROVE Project.

Guess What - This wonderful innovative world class access project is now under threat from the Federal Government's razor gang.

cheers

Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Australian Folk Songs update
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 02:01 AM

Your Website is wonderful, Mark. Here's a full list of songs on Mark's Website:
Why is the National Library TROVE Project under threat?

Another Australian folksong Website I like is John Thompson's Australian Folk Song a Day Website. Are there any other Websites that are good sources of information about Australian folk songs?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Australian Folk Songs update
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 02:41 AM

funding cuts, Joe!

Mark has a collection of websites & these are the main ones -

Australian Folk Songs
A research collection for the study of Australian vernacular songs and poems with words, music and information about each lyrical composition.
A comprehesive bibliography and discography and 89 articles about Australian folk songs and the Folk Revival.
This site is old in web years, it was born in November 1994 (when it became one among only 10,000 websites in the whole wide world!) and has grown online ever since.
Starting from 101 Songs in 1994, it has now grown Five fold to 511 Songs and Poems almost entirely though recent discoveries of original material that was published in Australian newspapers most of which are now digitised - through the National Library of Australia TROVE Project.
Mark's PhD is on this site as an ebook - Sixty Years Of Australian Union Songs (2005)

Union Songs More than 842 songs and poems, over 343 Authors
Call them rebel songs, slave songs, songs of freedom, work songs, songs of dissent, songs of struggle, protest songs, liberation songs, labour songs, labor songs, workers songs, industrial folk songs, environmental songs, songs of equality, peace songs.
For over two centuries working people across the world have built trade unions. This site documents the songs and poems that they made in the process, union songs. It includes songs and poems that are being written today, as the process of union building continues all around the world.
Such songs are the work of famous poets as well as men and women whose names have been forgotten. They stretch back to ancient times and are being created today.

Australian Railway Songs For over 150 years songwriters, poets musicians and writers have observed and recorded many aspects of Australian railway life. Many of the songs and poems came directly from those who were employed in building or operating national railway systems. Others items came from those who used railways as passengers, or recall trains amongst their earliest memories.

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There is an interesting sign of the intrusive power of google above. When Mark sent out his email about these latest discoveries today, I clicked on 3 links (about 10 mins before I logged onto Mudcat.
Bound For Darling Harbour (1956)
The Dying Stockman (1882)
Your Tool Box Will Be Raffled By-And-Bye (1899)

When I opened this post - strangely enough these 3 links are a darker blue, indicating I'd opened them!! (weird)

sandra

If you click on the link to Bound for Darling Harbour, you can read an article I created on the Bush Music Club blog. BMC started in 1954 & is Australia's oldest folk club & published many collected & newly created songs in it's journal Singabout between 1956-67. I've scanned all 22 issues of Singabout & have posted some of these songs. More to follow as I have the time.
Bound for Darling Harbour is the only item in Mark's list that did not come from TROVE which looks at old newspapers not modern blogs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Australian Folk Songs update
From: mark gregory
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 07:34 AM

More recently have moved towards the blog as a way of archiving songs and poems

1 Google Blogger is free
2 It can accomodate as much material as you can find
3 It is instantly searchable (a google speciality I guess)

It can deal easily with picture and text and even video

It has no real audio capability so you have store audio files elsewhere on the web

Here are examples I have created for my research

Australian Railway Songs and poems

The life and works of Frank the Poet

William Cuffay

Australian Railway Songs and poems

Lokosaraswati


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Australian Folk Songs update
From: mark gregory
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 07:42 AM

I seem to have messed up the links in the last post

More recently have moved towards the blog as a way of archiving songs and poems

1 Google Blogger is free
2 It can accomodate as much material as you can find
3 It is instantly searchable (a google speciality I guess)

It can deal easily with picture and text and even video

It has no real audio capability so you have store audio files elsewhere on the web

Here are examples I have created for my research

Australian Railway Songs and poems

The life and works of Frank the Poet

William Cuffay

Lokosaraswati


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