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Need Australian fiddle tunes

Joe Mink 13 Dec 98 - 01:01 PM
Bob Bolton 13 Dec 98 - 07:22 PM
GUEST,Begged Borrowed Stolen 06 Aug 00 - 09:07 PM
Callie 07 Aug 00 - 01:36 AM
GUEST,mark 07 Aug 00 - 01:47 AM
John in Brisbane 07 Aug 00 - 07:20 PM
GUEST,Ron Clarke - Tadpole Tunes 02 May 18 - 08:37 PM
Sandra in Sydney 03 May 18 - 11:12 AM
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Subject: Need Australian fiddle tunes
From: Joe Mink
Date: 13 Dec 98 - 01:01 PM

I have to do an Australian gig. Need to have some "typical" tunes for the fiddle as they would be played in Australia.

Anything will do; eg jigs, waltzes, reels, etc.

Thanks so kindly.

Joe Mink jmink@sk.sympatico.ca

Saskatoon, Canada.


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Subject: RE: Need Australian fiddle tunes
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Dec 98 - 07:22 PM

G'day Joe,

The Australian tune legacy is drawn from a very similar mix to that of Canada ... Irish, Scottish, English plus lots of 19th century dance music from the European peasant traditions - via the French Ballrooms.

What makes anything Australian is the way national character and preference is reflected in what is discarded and what is remembered. If you want to look a good site for Australian Fiddlers, try Graham's Folk Things here.

Graham is an instrument maker, now based in Canberra, and he organises the Australian Fiddle Orchestra at the (Australian) National Folk Festival each year. His site has a lot of recently collected material, courtesy of Carrawobbitty Publications / Pioneer Performer Series with background details on sources and GIF images of music pages. These are a bit low in resolution, to speed up downloading time, but good enough to play from.

The two best known tunebooks in current use in Australia would be Begged, Borrowed and Stolen, published by the Celtic Music Club of South Australia and recently reprinted (it should be available from Celtic Southern Cross at ) and Bush Dance (tunes), which I published for the Bush Music Club in 1984, 1987 and 1997. This is available from the Bush Music Club at: .

Begged, Borrowed and Stolen is, of course, strongly (exclusively?) Celtic and draws on homeland classics. Bush Dance (tunes) would have headed in the same direction except that I brought a lot of pressure to bear on David Johnson, the author, to include material from field collected sources.

Regards,

Bob Bolton

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Need Australian fiddle tunes
From: GUEST,Begged Borrowed Stolen
Date: 06 Aug 00 - 09:07 PM

Hi all,

I am building a repertoire of Australian songs which have direct links to "celtic songs" preferably in Gaelic. The idea is to put the songs (source and variation) together in a set (medley).

My band "Tursacan" is working on the following: Taladh Chriosta (Hebrides)and The Wee one (Australia). Thou Bonnie Wood of Craigielea (Scotland) Waltzing Matilda (Australia). The Knickerbocker Line (English?)Lachlan Tigers (Australian) Willy Reilly (Irish - but have not found the music for this one) and Frank Gardiner (Australian)

We will record them on a CD.

Any suggestions, songs, links, background info much appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Need Australian fiddle tunes
From: Callie
Date: 07 Aug 00 - 01:36 AM

Hi Tursacan

I can't help you with your search, but I just wanted you to know I really like your music and your approach to music!

Callie


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Subject: RE: Need Australian fiddle tunes
From: GUEST,mark
Date: 07 Aug 00 - 01:47 AM

Thanks muchly. Damned good of you to say so.


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Subject: RE: Need Australian fiddle tunes
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 07 Aug 00 - 07:20 PM

And for recently written tunes with a traditional feel I would heartliy recommend http://homepages.valylink.net.au/~ausreg/midis.html

When I listen to North Wind, Forty or the Olinda Waltz I can just about see the dancers on the floor. Enjoy, John


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Subject: RE: Need Australian fiddle tunes
From: GUEST,Ron Clarke - Tadpole Tunes
Date: 02 May 18 - 08:37 PM

Try:    http://www.tadpoletunes.com


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Subject: RE: Need Australian fiddle tunes
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 May 18 - 11:12 AM

Tadpole Tunes

another site, The Fireside Fiddlers a creation of the late, great fiddler & teacher Dr Harry Gardner, so the contact details are obsolete - more information about the Fireside Fiddlers & more tunes are on the Victorian Folk Music Club website

Another Australian site with tunes Bush Traditions Wiki

Not all tunes are fiddle tunes.

sandra


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