Album Released in 1980

The Dance Album

THE BAND

Greg Martin – Drums | Roger Corbett – Bass | Dobe Newton – Lagerphone, Whistle | Andy Colville – Electric & Acoustic Guitars | Jan Wositzky – Harmonica, Bush Percussion | Michael Harris – Fiddle, Viola | Louis McManus – Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar.

Record Label

Image | LP Cat # ILP 815

Re-issues

Cass Cat # 4ILP 815; SBP 237834; Rajon 2002 CD Cat# R0093

The track list //

Side A

Waves of Bondi (Waves of Tory/Rakes of Mallow/Drowsy Maggie/Spanish Ladies)

Flying Pieman (Flying Pieman/Tenpenny Bit)

Road To Gundagai (Mudgee Schottische/Road To Gundagai)

Heel & Toe Polka (Brown Jug Polka/Davvy Nic Nac/Ten Pound Float)

The Pride of Erin (Planxty Irwin/Big Fairy Mountain and the Little Fairy Mountain)

The Drongo (Muckin’ of Geordie’s Byre/Nancy/Rakes of Kildare/Wynham’s Reel)

The Madman’s Woodyard (Merri Creek/The Madman’s Woodyard/St George’s Road)

Side B

The Barn Dance (Dumbarton Castle)

The Stockyards (Blackthorn Stick/Sixpenny Money/Kesh Jig/Haymaker’s Jig)

Queensland Backstep (Gallopede/Nut Brown Maiden/42nd Regiment/Bottom of the Punchbowl)

The Kangaroo Hop (Rogue’s March/Skippy)

Strip The Willow (Soldier’s Joy/Fred’s Delight/McLeod’s Reel/Trip To The Cottage/Marie’s Wedding)

Waltz Country Dance (Starry Night for a Ramble/Springtime Brings on the Shearing/The Dark Isle)

1981-1991 gallery

A decade in pictures //

 

THE BUSHWACKERS STORY

For the record //

There are only a few Australian artists who manage to enjoy an extensive recording career. One reason is the relatively small home market in which locals compete with one another and a huge international catalogue for a share of the consumer’s discretionary music dollar. Another is that it requires a significant amount of luck to maintain positive relations with labels where personnel come and go on a regular basis. The loss of their label ‘champion’ often spells the end of the artist’s relationship.

In the folk (later country) market in which the Bushwackers operate, the numbers are even smaller - about 10% market share by most estimations. The bush music/trad market is a much smaller part of that again. Given that, most Australian artists identifying as folk/roots usually manage just a handful of commercial releases across a career and those often - by necessity, self-funded.

To have managed to release 40+ commercial recordings across a career, all of which have recouped costs for the issuing label, is notable. Indeed unique.

Beginnings

A lot of it was fortuitous - right time, right place, support from ‘believers’ ... But equally it has been a result of an exemplary work ethic and a determination to bring the music to a mass audience, many of whom had had limited if any exposure to it before.

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First recording

By 1974, the band was making regular trips to Sydney. One of their gigs was a regular spot on Channel 9’s Super Flying Fun Show for kids.

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Champions

John MacDonald founded the independent Image Music (later Avenue) label in Melbourne in the early 70s with the specific purpose of signing and promoting Australian artist recordings.

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the world stage

By this time the band was again living in London on its second major European tour. They’d made quite a name for themselves in the folk scene and scored a gig on the UK’s biggest folk festival at Cambridge.

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back in the saddle

Over the next few years, core members Rog and Dobe combined a more leisurely live performance sched- ule with family duties and a number of side projects - Rog playing and producing, Dobe heading up state- based music industry associations in WA and Victoria.

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Hidden for three decades

'Unofficial' recordings //

When boxes of old tapes that had been stored in an attic for decades resurfaced, swags of 'unofficial' recordings from the band's past live and unreleased studio performances were found.  It's a unique window into the style, power and enthusiasm of the band over the decades, collectively titled, The Lost Attic Tapes

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