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Lyr/Tune Req: The Bush Girl (Henry Lawson)

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ANDY'S GONE WITH CATTLE
DO YOU THINK THAT I DO NOT KNOW
FREEDOM'S ON THE WALLABY
IRELAND SHALL REBEL
REEDY RIVER


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Subject: music for australian song
From: joe mink
Date: 10 Jan 99 - 03:23 AM

Any chance that someone has the music, and words to an obscure Australian folk song called. She'll wait by the sliprails for you"

I WOULD be impressed if anyone could find this little gem.

Joe Mink Canada

Thanks


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 10 Jan 99 - 04:06 AM

G,day,
Not so obscure - if it's the one I think it is. That's a line from the Henry Lawson poem "The Bush Girl" which starts:

So you rode from the range where your brothers select

If that's the one I'll type the rest for you. I've heard it sung & may have the tune, however a young lady only identified as F33 has my book of tunes for Lawson's poems at the moment. Maybe she'll post the tune.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Joe Mink
Date: 10 Jan 99 - 01:48 PM

Sound great - how can I flush out F33. Thanks

Joe


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 10 Jan 99 - 05:15 PM

G'day Joe,

Bush Girl, with the tune was first published in the Bush Music Clubs booklet "Songs fron Lawson" about 1959. We still have some copies of the 1970s reprint ... for A$1!

More comprehensively, this would be one of some 200 tune to about 100 of Henry's poems in Chris Kempster's 1980s book "Songs of Henry Lawson". I can look up the full words and write an ABC/MIDItext file of the tune for you. There may well be other tunes than the one that did a lot of courting for BMC members in the 1960s/70s ... Priscilla Herdman (Canada?) has set a lot of Lawson lyrics but I will check Chris's book.

I have to say that it was a reasonably comprehensive selection of the best settings around at the time, since I collaborated with Chris on several aspects of the book which, unfortunately, is currently out of print.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BUSH GIRL (Henry Lawson)
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 10 Jan 99 - 07:25 PM

G'day,
Here are the words, written in 1901 while Lawson & his family were in England.

THE BUSH GIRL
(Henry Lawson)

So you rode from the range where your brothers select
Through the ghostly grey bush in the dawn -
You rode slowly at first, lest her heart should suspect
That you were so glad to be gone;
You had scarcely the courage to glance back at her
By the homestead receding from view
And you breathed with relief as you rounded the spur
For the world was a wide world to you.

Grey eyes that grow sadder than sunset or rain
Fond heart that is ever more true
Firm faith that grows firmer for watching in vain -
She'll wait by the sliprails for you.

Ah! the world is a new and a wide one to you
But the world to your sweetheart is shut
For a change never comes to the lonely bush homes
Of the stockyard, the scrub and the hut;
And the only relief from its dullness she feels
When the ridges grow softened and dim
And away in the dusk to the slip-rails she steals
To dream of past hours 'with him'.
Grey eyes that grow sadder than sunset or rain
Fond heart that is ever more true
Firm faith that grows firmer for watching in vain -
She'll wait by the sliprails for you.

Do you think, where, in place of bare fences, dry creeks,
Clear streams and green hedges are seen -
Where the girls have the lily and rose in their cheeks
And the grass in mid-summer is green -
Do you think, now and then, now or then, in the whirl
Of the town life, while London is new
Of the hut in the bush and the freckled-faced girl
Who waits by the sliprails for you?

Grey eyes that grow sadder than sunset or rain
Bruised heart that is ever more true
Fond faith that is firmer for trusting in vain -
She waits by the sliprails for you.

Now if I get my copy of Chris Kempster's book (rightly praised above by Bob) back from F33 we'll get a tune (if Bob doesn't save me the effort). There are about five different tunes in this book, one by American Priscilla Herdman which is probably the one you know.

BTW Bob, there was a rumour here that Priscilla Herdman is Canadian but I believe that's incorrect.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Jan 99 - 08:16 PM

Click here for a short clip of Priscilla Herdman's rendition - she wrote the tune for her version.
Say, Joe Mink, if you're after F 33, keep in mind that there are at least two other men chasing after her. Both of them seem to be steadily losing ground....
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 11 Jan 99 - 01:10 AM

G'day! Bob Bolton, can I get a copy of Songs from Lawson for our Archives? And does the Bush Music Club have any other books or pamphlets for sale? pant, pant... Jon the offsider


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Subject: Tune Add: THE BUSH GIRL (from Con Caston)
From: alison
Date: 11 Jan 99 - 03:29 AM

OK OK, you'll get your book back.... soon-ish.

There are three tunes in it for this song ..... and I'm not sure which is the right one so here are all three... take your pick...

The first is by Con Caston (written before 1950)

MIDI file: BUSHGIR1.MID

Timebase: 480

Name: THE BUSH GIRL
TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Key: A
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:The Bush Girl
M:4/4
Q:1/4=100
K:A
E7E|C2EEF2AA|BAFE3EE|F2AAA2GF|E6EE|C2EEF2AA|
BAFE3EE|F2A4GG|A6AA|F2DDA,F2A|EE2EE2AA|A2AAAFGA|
B6EE|C2EEE2EE|F2AAA2GF|E2EEE2FG|A6E2|C2EEFA2A|
BAFE13/4E7/4|A2AAAFGA|B6E2|C2EEFA2A|BAFE3E2|
F2AABA2G|A8||

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alison


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Subject: Tune Add: THE BUSH GIRL (from Con Caston)
From: alison
Date: 11 Jan 99 - 03:30 AM

Hi,

and a later tune from Con Caston

MIDI file: BUSHGIR2.MID

Timebase: 480

Name: THE BUSH GIRL
TimeSig: 3/4 24 8
Key: A
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
0960 1 64 038 0266 0 64 038 0014 1 64 044 0200 0 64 044 0000 1 61 024 0958 0 61 024 0002 1 64 038 0238 0 64 038 0002 1 64 038 0238 0 64 038 0002 1 66 015 0958 0 66 015 0002 1 69 036 0238 0 69 036 0002 1 69 045 0238 0 69 045 0002 1 71 041 0238 0 71 041 0002 1 69 042 0718 0 69 042 0002 1 66 034 0478 0 66 034 0002 1 64 036 0958 0 64 036 0002 1 64 032 0204 0 64 032 0039 1 64 028 0237 0 64 028 0000 1 66 028 0444 0 66 028 0039 1 69 037 0468 1 69 039 0010 0 69 037 0479 0 69 039 0000 1 69 042 0958 0 69 042 0002 1 68 031 0238 0 68 031 0002 1 66 018 0229 0 66 018 0014 1 64 031 1940 0 64 031 0457 1 64 049 0204 0 64 049 0039 1 64 028 0237 0 64 028 0000 1 61 023 0478 0 61 023 0002 1 64 034 0718 0 64 034 0002 1 64 028 0238 0 64 028 0002 1 64 032 0912 0 64 032 0051 1 64 034 0204 0 64 034 0011 1 64 021 0238 0 64 021 0027 1 66 027 0478 0 66 027 0027 1 69 043 0641 0 69 043 0051 1 69 038 0238 0 69 038 0002 1 69 044 0958 0 69 044 0002 1 68 035 0238 0 68 035 0002 1 66 019 0238 0 66 019 0002 1 64 042 0718 0 64 042 0002 1 64 040 0238 0 64 040 0002 1 64 031 0478 0 64 031 0002 1 64 034 0478 0 64 034 0002 1 66 039 0478 0 66 039 0002 1 68 036 0478 0 68 036 0002 1 69 036 2398 0 69 036 0002 1 69 037 0238 0 69 037 0002 1 69 025 0238 0 69 025 0002 1 66 036 0478 0 66 036 0002 1 62 029 0718 0 62 029 0002 1 62 031 0238 0 62 031 0002 1 57 029 0478 0 57 029 0002 1 66 039 0458 1 69 036 0011 0 66 039 0467 0 69 036 0015 1 64 030 0489 1 64 038 0023 0 64 030 0695 0 64 038 0002 1 66 026 0238 0 66 026 0002 1 64 036 0958 0 64 036 0002 1 69 038 0238 0 69 038 0002 1 69 027 0238 0 69 027 0002 1 69 038 0478 0 69 038 0002 1 69 033 0478 0 69 033 0002 1 69 036 0478 0 69 036 0002 1 69 037 0718 0 69 037 0002 1 66 017 0238 0 66 017 0002 1 68 031 0238 0 68 031 0002 1 69 026 0238 0 69 026 0002 1 71 041 1918 0 71 041 0482 1 64 046 0238 0 64 046 0002 1 64 033 0238 0 64 033 0002 1 61 027 0958 0 61 027 0002 1 64 028 0238 0 64 028 0002 1 64 030 0238 0 64 030 0002 1 64 036 0958 0 64 036 0002 1 64 038 0238 0 64 038 0002 1 64 034 0238 0 64 034 0002 1 66 026 0478 0 66 026 0002 1 69 036 0718 0 69 036 0002 1 69 036 0238 0 69 036 0002 1 69 037 0958 0 69 037 0002 1 68 029 0238 0 68 029 0002 1 66 024 0238 0 66 024 0002 1 64 023 0958 0 64 023 0002 1 64 041 0192 0 64 041 0002 1 64 027 0284 0 64 027 0002 1 64 031 0478 0 64 031 0002 1 66 029 0478 0 66 029 0002 1 68 035 0478 0 68 035 0002 1 69 038 1918 0 69 038 0482 1 64 044 0478 0 64 044 0002 1 61 028 0958 0 61 028 0002 1 64 041 0238 0 64 041 0002 1 64 034 0238 0 64 034 0002 1 66 026 0478 0 66 026 0002 1 69 036 0718 0 69 036 0002 1 69 040 0238 0 69 040 0002 1 71 040 0478 0 71 040 0002 1 69 035 0718 0 69 035 0002 1 66 029 0238 0 66 029 0002 1 64 041 0958 0 64 041 0002 1 64 027 0478 0 64 027 0002 1 69 046 0958 0 69 046 0002 1 69 041 0238 0 69 041 0002 1 69 045 0238 0 69 045 0002 1 69 047 0723 1 66 026 0035 0 69 047 0202 1 68 040 0010 0 66 026 0184 1 69 039 0035 0 68 040 0225 0 69 039 0026 1 71 041 2398 0 71 041 0002 1 64 038 0478 0 64 038 0002 1 61 023 0958 0 61 023 0002 1 64 033 0238 0 64 033 0002 1 64 038 0238 0 64 038 0002 1 66 025 0478 0 66 025 0002 1 69 030 0718 0 69 030 0002 1 69 038 0238 0 69 038 0002 1 71 027 0238 0 71 027 0002 1 69 026 0718 0 69 026 0002 1 66 029 0478 0 66 029 0002 1 64 037 0958 0 64 037 0002 1 64 029 0478 0 64 029 0002 1 66 020 0478 0 66 020 0002 1 69 025 0718 0 69 025 0002 1 69 036 0238 0 69 036 0002 1 71 029 0238 0 71 029 0002 1 69 034 0718 0 69 034 0002 1 68 029 0478 0 68 029 0002 1 69 040 1918 0 69 040
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:The Bush Girl
M:3/4
Q:1/4=100
K:A
E21/4E3/4|C4EE|F4AA|BA3F2|E4EE|F2A2A2|A4GF|
E6|-E4EE|C2E3E|E4EE|F2A3A|A4GF|E3EE2|E2F2G2|
A6|-A4AA|F2D3D|A,2F2A2|E2E3F|E4AA|A2A2A2|
A3FGA|B6|-B4EE|C4EE|E4EE|F2A3A|A4GF|E4E3/4E5/4|
E2F2G2|A6|-A4E2|C4EE|F2A3A|B2A3F|E4E2|A4AA|
A3FG3/4A5/4|B6|-B4E2|C4EE|F2A3A|BA3F2|E4E2|
F2A3A|BA3G2|A6|-A6||

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alison


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Subject: Tune Add: THE BUSH GIRL (from Priscilla Herdman)
From: alison
Date: 11 Jan 99 - 03:32 AM

Hi again,

and the third.... Priscilla Herdman (1976).

MIDI file: BUSHGIR3.MID

Timebase: 480

Name: THE BUSH GIRL
TimeSig: 3/4 24 8
Key: D
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
0982 1 62 046 0238 0 62 046 0002 1 62 027 0215 1 66 041 0003 0 62 027 0480 1 69 042 0010 0 66 041 0690 0 69 042 0020 1 69 040 0238 0 69 040 0002 1 69 036 0447 1 62 028 0034 0 69 036 0469 0 62 028 0001 1 62 032 0475 0 62 032 0014 1 67 036 0478 0 67 036 0002 1 69 050 0718 0 69 050 0002 1 71 036 0238 0 71 036 0002 1 69 042 0963 1 64 037 0010 0 69 042 0218 1 66 027 0010 0 64 037 0205 1 67 041 0023 0 66 027 0497 1 66 028 0047 0 67 041 0191 0 66 028 0014 1 67 029 0702 0 67 029 0000 1 67 038 0478 0 67 038 0002 1 66 034 0718 0 66 034 0002 1 62 031 0238 0 62 031 0002 1 64 040 2398 0 64 040 0002 1 62 044 0238 0 62 044 0002 1 62 032 0238 0 62 032 0002 1 66 040 0478 0 66 040 0002 1 69 050 0718 0 69 050 0002 1 69 043 0238 0 69 043 0002 1 71 040 0478 0 71 040 0002 1 69 045 0478 0 69 045 0002 1 62 037 0478 0 62 037 0002 1 74 046 0478 0 74 046 0002 1 73 047 0478 0 73 047 0002 1 71 053 0478 0 71 053 0002 1 69 042 0958 0 69 042 0242 1 66 036 0238 0 66 036 0002 1 67 037 0478 0 67 037 0002 1 69 029 0478 0 69 029 0002 1 71 020 0478 0 71 020 0002 1 69 028 0718 0 69 028 0002 1 66 026 0238 0 66 026 0002 1 64 032 0478 0 64 032 0002 1 62 033 2398 0 62 033 0002 1 69 037 0238 0 69 037 0002 1 69 037 0238 0 69 037 0002 1 69 040 0533 0 69 040 0002 1 69 042 0659 1 69 040 0010 0 69 042 0236 0 69 040 0000 1 71 043 0478 0 71 043 0002 1 69 033 0718 0 69 033 0002 1 69 036 0238 0 69 036 0002 1 71 036 0958 0 71 036 0002 1 74 034 0238 0 74 034 0002 1 71 034 0238 0 71 034 0002 1 69 030 0958 0 69 030 0002 1 66 027 0238 0 66 027 0002 1 66 031 0238 0 66 031 0002 1 66 030 0478 0 66 030 0002 1 66 033 0478 0 66 033 0002 1 66 042 0478 0 66 042 0002 1 66 035 0478 0 66 035 0002 1 64 027 0718 0 64 027 0002 1 66 022 0238 0 66 022 0002 1 64 030 2398 0 64 030 0002 1 62 042 0238 0 62 042 0002 1 62 033 0238 0 62 033 0002 1 66 028 0478 0 66 028 0002 1 69 032 0478 0 69 032 0002 1 69 042 0478 0 69 042 0002 1 71 032 0478 0 71 032 0002 1 69 040 0709 0 69 040 0002 1 62 029 0238 0 62 029 0002 1 74 043 0489 1 73 034 0011 0 74 043 0467 0 73 034 0002 1 71 026 0478 0 71 026 0002 1 69 022 0961 0 69 022 0027 1 64 036 0203 1 66 026 0035 0 64 036 0212 0 66 026 0002 1 67 044 0958 0 67 044 0002 1 69 040 0238 0 69 040 0002 1 71 042 0238 0 71 042 0002 1 69 045 0478 0 69 045 0002 1 66 030 0718 0 66 030 0002 1 64 032 0238 0 64 032 0002 1 62 036 2398 0 62 036 0002 1 69 034 0478 0 69 034 0002 1 69 040 0533 0 69 040 0002 1 69 049 0222 1 69 037 0010 0 69 049 0622 0 69 037 0051 1 71 044 0483 1 69 034 0035 0 71 044 0710 1 69 035 0010 0 69 034 0202 0 69 035 0000 1 71 040 0458 1 74 038 0035 0 71 040 0443 0 74 038 0052 1 71 026 0452 0 71 026 0000 1 69 038 0958 0 69 038 0002 1 66 032 0478 0 66 032 0002 1 66 035 0958 0 66 035 0002 1 66 033 0238 0 66 033 0002 1 66 029 0238 0 66 029 0002 1 66 027 0238 0 66 027 0002 1 64 033 0718 0 64 033 0002 1 66 037 0478 0 66 037 0002 1 64 033 2398 0 64 033 0002 1 62 035 0480 0 62 035 0003 1 66 027 0477 1 69 061 0023 0 66 027 0233 0 69 061 0003 1 69 061 0650 0 69 061 0051 1 71 037 0478 0 71 037 0002 1 69 036 0478 0 69 036 0002 1 62 029 0478 0 62 029 0002 1 74 040 0458 1 73 036 0048 0 74 040 0218 0 73 036 0014 1 71 031 0687 0 71 031 0015 1 69 034 0958 0 69 034 0242 1 66 042 0238 0 66 042 0002 1 67 033 0958 0 67 033 0002 1 69 040 0241 0 69 040 0027 1 71 040 0212 0 71 040 0000 1 69 053 0478 0 69 053 0002 1 66 031 0478 0 66 031 0002 1 64 038 0478 0 64 038 0002 1 62 032 2398 0 62 032
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:The BushGirl
M:3/4
Q:1/4=100
K:D
D5D|F2A3A|A7/4D9/4D2|G2A3B|A4EF3/4G/4|-G2FG3|
G2F3D|E6|-E4DD|F2A3A|B2A2D2|d2c2B2|A5F|G2A2B2|
A3FE2|D6|-D4AA|A9/4A11/4A|B2A3A|B4dB|A4FF|
F2F2F2|F2E3F|E6|-E4DD|F2A2A2|B2A3D|d2c2B2|
A4EF|G4AB|A2F3E|D6|-D4A2|A9/4AA11/4|B2A3A|
B2d2B2|A4F2|F4FF|FE3F2|E6|-E4D2|F2AA3|B2A2D2|
d2cB3|A5F|G4AB|A2F2E2|D6|-D6||

I hope one of these was the one you were looking for.

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alison


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Bill@W.Aussie
Date: 11 Jan 99 - 09:33 AM

Jeezz

How's anyone supposed to understand all that sh.....

The tunes easy

It goes..........

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i'VE HAD A COUPLE OF BEERS GUYS AND I CAN'T REMEMBER THE CHORUS BUT MY MATE DOES BUT HE'S PIS.... AND'S NOT MUCH HELP RIGHT NOW.

ps SING IT IN C FLATS.......

lOVES

bILL S


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 11 Jan 99 - 05:39 PM

G'day Joe and All,

Alison didn't turn the page: there are three more tunes, written by Tony Miles (1981), Dave de Hugard (1987) and Mike Leyden (1964). The best known in Australia (at least with those folkies from the folk revival days) is the first version of Con Caston's tune - one remembered with fondness by those Bush Music Club members that courted (or were courted) with it.

I see from Chris Kempster's excellent notes that Priscilla Herdman (at the time of publication - 1989) lived in Pine Plains, N.Y. ... I don't know where the Canada reference crept in from.

Jon: Chris's book is out of print and I don't know if Viking O'Neill/Penguin Books ever plan to reprint. I have a suspicion that there was one copy left in the Bush Music Club sale stock, but I need to check that. The book is 224 pages ~ American quarto (11" x 81/2" trimmed size), sewn signatures thermo-bound in limp cover. There are about 100 of Henry Lawson's poems and about 200 tunesranging from those of orchestral composers (1) down to me (1) with a lot of good folkie's tunes (many of them Chris's) in between.

We have a range of interesting Australian songbooks gathered over the years and I'm about to send some off to Dan Milner (aka "Liam's Brother". the BMC is notoriously bad at commercial transactions, But I'm working on that. I will send a list of what might be interesting in the near future - perhaps to your personal page.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: alison
Date: 11 Jan 99 - 08:59 PM

Hi,

OOPs... never even thought to look over the page ... I thought 3 was more than enough....

OK Bob, which one is the most common (of the 3 over the page) and I'll do it too.... or are the 3 I already posted good enough?

Slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 12 Jan 99 - 12:43 AM

G'day Alison,

I never was among the soppy lot with guitars, singing sad songs with romantic intent, but I guess the traditionalist is still lurking down there and I stay with the old tune - Con Caston's original version. I haven't really tried the other tunes and I doubt that they would be the ones that Joe was chasing.

Con Caston's original tune could be known in UK and US from the singing of Martyn Whyndham-Read. (I'm surprised not to find it on his "Undiscovered Australia" CD - quiet, romantic and sensitive songs ... It seems we do have enough to leave one or two out.)

Presumably Priscilla Herdman's tune gets a run on its native ground. I doubt that any of the others would be known in the US.

regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 12 Jan 99 - 04:40 PM

G'day Jon,

I will put this list into the thread, even though it is fairly long (and due to my notes, rambling), in case anyone else is interested in the books. This is not a comprehensive stocktake of the publications cupboard - just a rework of a specific list I sent to Liam's Brother with a few additions.

It might be simpler to print out - if you want to read the full list!

Bush Music Club Publications
The Bush Music Club publishes a series of books dealing with “Bush Dancing” - a modern revival of the sort of couple, circle, line and quadrille dances that survived longer in the bush than in the commercialised world of the capital cities.
Bush Dance (tunes), David Johnson, 3rd ed., Bush Music Club, Sydney, 1997.
This 100 page book has 165 (mostly) traditional tunes arranged into sets for 39 popular bush dances - from barn dance to quadrilles. The new edition is printed on heavy, tough, opaque white paper and wire bound, with protective clear covers, to sit perfectly flat on music stands.. Music book: A$25.00 rrp.
Bush Dance (instructions), Lance Green (et al), Bush Music Club, Sydney, 1986.
The Instructions book covers the same thirty nine dances; giving the calls for each dance in compact blocks meant to be photocopied and pasted onto calling cards, with the key calls in bold followed by brief notes where any item bolded indicates an item in the extensive, illustrated glossary. This is supported by a Musical Guide, Teacher's Guide & Bibliography (by David Johnson) and Historical Notes (by Anne Pidcock). This book has 76 pages, soft cover and is in A4 format. Instruction book: A$9.00 rrp.
Singabout, Selected Reprints, from Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, 1956- 1967, ed. Bob Bolton, Bush Music Club, Sydney, 1985. RRP A$8 plus post/pack - weight approx 220 grams
This has 100 items (all but 2 are songs) from the 22 issues of Singabout. They are the original typography and illustrations - rearranged to present the material in a songbook format, with added guitar chords.
The book has 96 pages, A5 (~8” x 5 5/8”), cello-glazed soft cover, sadddle-stitched. Although the material is actually a tad larger than original octavo magazine (typically ~ 105%), I would have liked a slightly format ... say, B5 - (~10” x 7”), but small offset printers were only just getting the hang of metric, ISO paper measures in 1985, and only offering the A series of paper formats. A4 was too big and A5 slightly small for my taste..
Six Authentic Song from the Kelly Country, collected and edited by John Meredith, Bush Music Club, Sydney, 1955. 3rd printing, 12 pages, 8” x 5”, soft covers, saddle-stitched. RRP A$1 plus post/pack - weight approx 35 grams.
This was originally a stapled set of songs issued as “Bushwhacker Broadsides” in the early 1950s and bound up as a set in 1955, the 75th anniversary of Ned Kelly’s hanging. It was subsequently reissued in a ‘pocketbook’ size; octavo, or folded quarto ... about 60% of the original size. I subsequently did a reprint run of the octavo booklet (around 1971/2) and the minimum run of 1,000 left us with a persistent residual stock!
The Songs of Henry Lawson (vol. 1), Chris Kempster, Viking O’Neill, Ringwood, Victoria, 1989. 224 pages, 10 3/4” x 8 1/2”, soft covers, thermo-bound sewn signatures. RRP A$30 (plus post/pack) - weight approx 700 grams.
This has 230 settings of some 107 of Henry Lawson’s poems (including one by some bloke called Bob Bolton), copious illustrations, (including one by some bloke called Bob Bolton), poems and background notes. This is a careful selection from at least twice as many settings by many musicians and singers over the years and across a range of countries. There are only two copies left.

Frank the Poet, John Meredith and Rex Whalan, Red Rooster, Melbourne, 1979.
We have a small number of these still in stock. RRP A$12 plus post/pack - weight approx 300 grams.
This is a softcover book of 87 pages, thermo-bound sewn signatures, ~9 3/4” x 7 3/8” in which we have some 24 pages on the history and background to Frank MacNamara and an account of tracking down the real Frank the Poet.
There are some forty pages of poems and collected songs. Frank’s works are either autobiographical, drawing on his experiences as a convict variously assigned to shepherding and then coal-mining ... and progressively into heavier punishments for his intransigence ... or else they are imaginative works on historical events where the convicts stood up to the system - or musings on the eternal fate of his captors.
The poems/songs include ‘The Wild Colonial Boy’, ‘Moreton Bay’ and ‘The Seizure of the Cyprus Brig’. (11 copies left on stocktake.)
The Wild Colonial Boy, Bushranger Jack Donahoe, 1806 - 1830, John Meredith, Red Rooster, Melbourne, 1982. RRP A$12 plus post/pack - weight approx 300 grams.
This is a distillation of John Meredith’s various short works on Donahoe and has a lot of history and contemporary references (as well as a play about Donahoe published in 1835 ... only 5 years after his death). The format is similar to the previous book but there are 102 pages. (9 copies on stocktake.)
Folk Songs of Australia and the men and women who sang them (vol. 1), John Meredith and Hugh Anderson, NSW University Press, Kensington, 1985 (originally published Ure Smith, Sydney, 1967). 300 pages, 8 3/8” x 5 1/4”, soft covers. RRP A$12 plus post/pack - weight approx 400 grams.
This is one of the most important books of Australian folklore, because of the background detail, interviews with informants and specific, collected versions. The NSWUP reprinted this when they published volume two. For anyone wishing to have an Australian repertoire that goes beyond the standard set of pot-boilers, this book is required reading.
Folk Songs of Australia (vol. 1), John Meredith, Roger Covell and Patricia Brown, NSW University Press, Kensington, 1987. 328 pages, 8 3/8” x 5 1/4”, soft covers. RRP A$12 plus post/pack - weight approx 400 grams
This is John’s second collection of Australian folklore, done during the early 1980s. The balance of material has shifted towards more dance tunes and less songs - possibly because of different collecting approaches or, perhaps dance musicians live longer (better?) than singers!.
My Shout Again, Songs & Poems by John Dengate, (Maleny National Folk Festival Committee?), Maleny, Queensland, 1989. RRP A$10 plus post/pack - weight approx 110 grams.
A great collection of topical songs from the period. Politicians come and go but John Dengate’s song remind us forever of what crooks they were! This book, is an updated (at least to 1989!) version of John’s “My Shout”, published by the Bush Music Club in 1982. 52 pages, B5 (~9 3/4” x 6 3/4”), soft covers, saddle-stitched; 31 songs and 6 poems with sundry drawings and photographs (several of them mine ... not reproduced as well as they would have been if those Queenslanders had asked me for prints, instead of reprinting ‘dot-for-dot’ from “My Shout”!).
I am surprised to find that we have 5 copies left in our stock cupboard ... probably the only unsold copies in existence.
A Collector’s Songbook, Alan Scott, Carrawobity Press - Pioneer Performers Series, Albion Pk, NSW, 1995. 44 pages, A4 (~11 5/8” x 8 1/4”), soft covers, saddle-stitched. RRP A$10 plus post/pack - weight approx 200 grams.
This is a selection of 31 songs collected by Alan Scott, one of our revival’s early collectors. The original booklet was published by the Bush Music Club in 1970 - in the usual diminutive octavo format. (I could suspect that the attentions of ASIO ... the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation ... to any suspicious types involved in such subversive activities as folk singing may have prompted the Club to publish such small books.)
books.)
Hugh Anderson / Red Rooster Press
We have a number of books written by Hugh Anderson, Meredith’s co-author for the first volume of Folk Songs of Australia. These were acquired by us at the time that Anderson retired and sold his home in suburban Melbourne. Some have been quietly selling out of his garage for years and the prices are as insanely low as the Bush Music Club’s own stocks!
Time Out of Mind, The story of Simon McDonald, Hugh Anderson, The National Press, Melbourne, Victoria, 1974. 154 pages, 8 3/4” x 5 1/2”, hard covers, sewn signatures. RRP A$9 plus post/pack - weight approx 340 grams.
This is about Simon McDonald, who was an important source of many folksongs collected in Victoria. Anderson has taped, transcribed and edited Simon McDonald’s autobiography and presents essentially his own words.
McDonald was a rural worker, born in 1907 and worked a wide range of rural jobs, as well as gold-fossicking. Within the text, (and a small appendix) Anderson presents 30 songs and 5 poems of both traditional and self-composed origins... as well as a chapter devoted to a strangely Australianised witch story!
Charles Thatcher’s Gold-diggers’ Songbook, Vol. 1 - When First I Landed Here, edited by Hugh Anderson, Red Rooster Press, Ascot Vale, Victoria, 1980. 80 pages, 9 3/4” x 7 3/8”, soft covers, thermo-bound sewn signatures. RRP A$12 plus post/pack - weight approx 280 grams.
This has words and music of 40 of Thatcher’s songs about the Victorian goldfields and 46 contemporary drawings.
George Loyau The man who wrote bush ballads, by Hugh Anderson, Red Rooster Press, Ascot Vale, Victoria, 1991. 58 pages, 8 3/4” x 5 1/2”, hard covers, sewn signatures. RRP A$12 plus post/pack - weight approx 280 grams.
This is the story of “... songster and itinerant journalist George Loyau”, many of whose song of the latter part of the 19th century have passed into the Australian tradition. This includes a 47 page facsimile of his 1865 book “The Queenslanders’ New Colonial Camp Fire Song Book” and music for most of these, located in old music collections by Anderson. Some of these songs are older than Loyau’s work, being merely gathered in by him over the years.

I hope this doesn't fall apart in transmission. I tried a new technique of preparing the file in a basic word-processor (MS Write) to avoid complex and disastrous codes ... then it all fell over just copying it to Mudcat!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 12 Jan 99 - 05:11 PM

G'day All (and Alison),

Whew! The booklist didn't crash the system after all. I hope there are some books that interest Jon ... and that they are still in the stock cupboard (things are pretty quiet over the Christmas/New Year break).

Alison: I ran through all 6 tunes to Bush Girl' and realised that the SECOND tune is the well-known one in Sydney circles. The first form of Con Caston's tune is written in common time and everyone seems to slip over into 3/4, as in the Gary Shearston version of Con's tune, the second version is Chris's book. The common time version is remarkably similar, considering the time change.

I see that everyone else who has set the lyrics has used 3/4, so there must be some inherent 3/4 nature to Henry's words. I remember Chris, in a concert at Forbes about 20+ years back, saying that the different settings of Lawson lyrics often had a remarkable similarity - even to the point of harmonising with each other - suggesting that the lyrics themselves suggested their tunes.

I don't know that this is entirely true ... when I first 'wrote' a tune to Henry's 'Good Old Concertina' I played the tune back to my wife Patricia and asked what she thought. She replied "I always liked 'The Curly-headed Ploughboy' ... Oh well, back to the music pad! I think I did compose the tune under my name in the book.

On the question of "the best tune", after playing all tunes I would have to say they are all good - particularly Priscilla Herdman's -, but nearly 40 years of habit will keep me singing tune 2.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Joe Mink
Date: 14 Jan 99 - 09:02 PM

OK,OK I'm impressed. Rather overwhelmed actually Thanks guys. Love the song

Joe!


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 17 Jan 99 - 07:02 PM

Bob,

If copies are still available I would certainly appreciate the opportunity to purchase the Henry Lawson Collection, plus the reprints from Singabout. How can I achieve this? My email is johninbrisbane@hotbot.com

Was looking through my incomplete collection of Singabouts last night and read an objection by Norm O'Connor to the publication of A Pub With No Dyke. Are the lyrics and tune in the re-prints? Is Norm still with us?

Also found Mike Leyden's version of Bush Girl in Australian Tradition - but see that you now have this subject well covered. As an Aussie I get the impression that there has been a relatively large amount of scholarship devoted to Australia's trad songs, and a lot of published work. We owe a lot to Bolton, Meredith, Manifold, Lowenstein et al. I hereby nominate you for Honorary Life Membership of The Digital Tradition.

Regards
John


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 25 Jan 99 - 12:47 AM

G'day all,

I am refreshing this thread, partly as a way to contact Jon (the offsider) Bartlett. When I try to send a personal message, the page loads (last time up to ~105 mb) and then crashes, demanding more memory.

That sends me back to this thread, which I have rather overloaded with my extensive booklist, but it is my only alternative.

Jon: I know that the list was lengthy, but the nub is that there appear to be only two remaining copies of Chris Kempster's "Songs of Henry Lawson" book. John in Brisbane appears interested as well and I need to know if I should grab the books out of the publications cupboard before someone sells them.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: music for australian song
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 26 Jan 99 - 07:00 PM

G'day all and John in Brisbane,

John: Sorry I didn't reply specifically to your posting ... I was trying to send personal messages and the site kept falling over.

I didn't include "The Pub With no Dyke" in my anthology, Singabout - Selected Reprints because the tune was well-known (and pinched off Stephen Foster!) and the new words were interesting, but I only had space for less than half of what I would like to have included.

The anthology is well worth the derisory price (after all, it's still priced in 1984 dollars) and we might just be able to find some late (vol. 5 & 6) original Singabouts but all the old ones have vanished. (I must admit that, at a recent cleanout off the Club premises, a number of duplicate copies were despatched to the dump - after checking with me - but these were all from the latter issues.)

I have a few complete reference sets in the Club's archive and library and can always photocopy anything required for research ... or even scan and/or image appropriate sections and attach them to an email! I also have put together a basic index to Singabout and another to Mulga Wire (our current magazine) as well as indexes to other significant magazines like Stringybark and Greenhide and Concertina Magazine.

These are all in the form of MS Works databases (fairly old version) and should be readable in most modern programs. I haven't indexed Tradition because the last issue was quite a good index. One of these days I will get around to scanning it and converting to electronic format (when I have some spare time ... should be sometime in the next millennium!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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