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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. Politics played a significant role, as it had in the brief career of the first band to bear the name.

The driving force behind the original Bushwhackers was John Meredith, a card-carrying member of the Communist Perty of Australia, as were many of his colleagues in the Sydney Bush Music Club. Their passion for preserving and promoting Australian culture was unquestioned as was their belief that the music was ‘weapon’ for social and intellectual change in a post-war Australia dominated by conservative forces. They were eventually doomed by the internal factional battles that consumed the CPA. They had little interest in commercial success, and have left but one recorded EP issued on the Wattle label in 1957.

Only a matter of months after The Original Bushwackers and Bullockies Bush Band made a serious commit- ment to a professional music career, the momentous election of december 1972 delivered the Australia’s first Labor in 23 years. The breaking of the conservative shackles led to societal changes everywhere, not least in the embrace of Australian music, film, literature, theatre … etc. Playing an unashamed repertoire of Australian traditional material, The Bushwackers were swept up in the wave of enthusiasm.

But, like all new bands seeking fame and fortune, they faced fierce competition from similarly motivated young hopefuls.

And an important part of that competition was delivering the sort of entertainment that audiences had come to expect in the commercial environment of the pubs and clubs that had become such a vital part of the music scene. The band was under no illusions that if they couldn’t cut it those venues, then they’d be forced to retreat to the folk clubs where expectations re an artist’s enertainment value was incidental to the ‘worthiness’ of the material.

Being the first in their genre to embrace the commercial live scene was important, but equally so was their relentless touring and a constant commitment to visually entertaining and involving performances, innova- tive musical arrangements and instrumental excellence.

That they were successful in these endeavours is a matter of record, but every successful recording artist needs a champion. The Bushies have been lucky to have had a number over the years.

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. Turning up and being ‘jolly’ at 7am on a Saturday morning after a late Friday night gig presented a considerable challenge.

When the show’s producer, Jim Badger (the man inside Humphrey B Bear), heard about the plans to travel to England in a couple of months, he insisted that the band needed an LP to take with them. So one morn- ing, a tall blonde man appeared on the set, with a contract in hand. Jim introduced us to Paul Coombs of Picture Records. We signed the contract and followed him to Earth Media studio under the northern end of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The band recorded until midday, then piled into the Kombi and drove home to

Melbourne. Returning a fortnight later to complete the recording and mixing in one marathon session, from 10 am ‘til midnight. There were a few overdubs, but mainly it was ‘live’ in the studio, with singers lining up behind one another to take their turn at the microphone.

The ‘gimmick’, was thatthere was no cover. The LP itself had photos of the band on the disc itself, sand- wiched between layers of clear acetate which carried the music. We were thrilled that the record – The Shearer’s Dream, was to be the world’s first picture disc, but there were problems!

Firstly, there was no cover for shops to display in their record racks – a marketing challenge to say the least! That was bad enough, but unfortunately the manufacturing process had not been perfected. The chemicals used to fix the photos literally ate the music on the clear, overlayed layers!

Then, before any royalties flowed, Picture Records went bust, with a ‘mystery’ fire destroying their factory. Only later did we discover Paul Coombs’s shady past which included publishing the notorious and scandal- ous tabloid TheKingsCrossWhisper.

Poorer but hopefully wiser, the band encountered its first champion.

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.

Like songbook publisher Anne O’Donovan (later), John was mightily impressed by the enthusiastic audience reception which greeted every Bushies performance of their unique traditional repertoire. He became an instant fan and, soon after their first meeting a contract was offered and – of course, gratefully accepted.

This was indeed a career milestone.

It should be said that this was a band that had just returned from its first extensive tour of Europe, confident that they’d matched it with the best the European folk ‘revival’ had to offer, and eager to tackle the challenge of the studio. John paired them with audio ‘legends’ Ernie Rose (producer) and Ian (Mac) McKen- zie (engineer), who nursed them through this strange new studio world with patience, humour and a great deal of expertise and good advice.

The success of the recording they issued – ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ (1976), owed much to the inclusion of what was to become one of the most iconic Australian songs ever written. A friend had heard author Eric Bogle perform it and suggested it would be a perfect Bushies song. Eric played the melody over the phone and gave his permission for the first-ever recorded version.

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.

There they met Melbourne folkie Trevor Lucas who had recently joined English folk/rock pioneers Fairport Convention. The band were huge fans and had unashamedly borrowed from Fairport’s innovative interpre- tations of traditional songs and tunes. Through Trevor, they were introduced to legendary producer John Wood who agreed to produce the band. A dream come true! All that was needed was money!

John MacDonald, on a trip to London, agreed to advance recording costs in return for signing a new con- tract. And so the band went into London’s Morgan Studios to record ‘Murrumbidgee’ with Fairport’s mas- ter drummer guesting on a number of tracks.

The album showcased the incredible instrumental skills of one of the greatest Bushwackers, viruoso multi-instrumentalist Louis McManus, whose playing of Irish tunes on the acoustic guitar changed the

approach to that instrument by traditional players forever. It also featured the band’s new bass player Pete Farndon, soon to exsperience his own ‘Wake in Fright’-like moments when transported from the lush green hills of Wales and the sophisticated comfort of London’s music clubs, to the wilds of the outback in remote Northern Territory towns and missions. An experience nevr forgotten even as he scaled the international music heights later with The Pretenders.

That recording almost resulted in the band signing it’s first major label deal. EMI was greatly impressed by the band’s increasing popularity and the raucous reception their live performances generated, particularly in residencies at the Golden Lion in Fulham and the Red Cow in Hammersmith. There were a number of meetings and just as the pen was poised to sign a contract, the Sex Pistols changed the music scene over- night. End of story!

However, back home the success of those first recordings, added to the unexpected success of the First

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DanceBook, brought the band to the attention of major label CBS. CEO Paul Russell had relocated from England to head up the Australian division and had witnessed first-hand the European folk revival. He was a fan and offered the band a contract. This took things to the next level, particularly as CBS took over distri- bution of the Image catalogue. Wonderful years at CBS had many highlights including the recording of the 1984 album ‘Lively!’ at the Reversby Workers Club which, for the first time, captured the power and energy of a Bushies live performance and the stellar playing of guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel and the power- house drumming of ex-Skyhook

Freddie Strauks.

But all good things come to an end.

‘Lively!’ marked the band’s decision to retire from full-time touring – not best news for a label, and Paul Russell’s return to head-up CBS UK. Aded to which there had been a raft of unfortunate and unsuccessful signings by the A&R department, such that the ‘big boys’ from the New York head office were called in to staunch the bleeding bottom line. Everyone on the label was called in for an ‘interview’ with the US Busi- ness Affairs lawyer. Despite the fact that all the CBS records had recouped, their sales figures were not those of ‘hit’ acts and they’d announced their ‘retirement’ from full time touring.

The writing was clearly on the wall so, rather than attempt to justify their retention, they amicably agreed to join a long list of well-known artist who were cut from the roster. Current head of Sony, Denis Handlin, was a friend and fan way back then and continues to be to this day.

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. Recordings were on hold, except for the issue of a number of back catalogue compilations of Image/Avenue/CBS material.

The decision to resume serious touring and recording coincided with the appointment of Meryl Gross to head ABC music. She identified a niche in the label market and made a series of significant signings of Aus- tralian country music acts. The band was delighted to be offered a contract and have another champion in its corner.

That association ened in the late 90s when the ABC changed its focus and reduced its country roster. Roger took over the recording reigns, and has engineered and produced all the band’s material since 2001.

The Bushwackers’ most commercially successful recordings were made in the 70s and 80s and released through Image/Avenue, Festival, CBS and ABC Music. Most have been uanavailable as physical products for 25 years. The sales data for those earlier years is ‘patchy’ to say the least, especially for a number of the compilation ‘Best Of’ albums that have passed through many ownership hands since first release. What is not in question is that up until the mid-90s, cumula- tive sales for those albums (see below) were in excess of 300,000 units and the band was awarded gold record certification for ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ (1976) and ‘ The Bushwackers Dance Album’ (1980). Not bad for a band operating well outside the mainstream pop/rock market. They’re suitably proud

to have registered several Top 10s in the mainstream Australian charts of the day, and a No.1 Album on the UK’s MelodyMakerFolk Chart.

Information from the labels involved reveals that two more gold certifications have been achieved and that the two gold records featured here, have achieved platinum status of 50,000+ unit sales.

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It Only Took 50 Years !

Having achieved a No.1 on the UK Folk Chart (Melody Maker) with their debut album ‘The Shearer’s Dream’, the Bushies finally achieved an Australian No.1 in 2021!

Radio 2TM in Tamworth analyses all national airplay charts to compile a weekly list of the most played tracks. ‘Diggin’ For Gold’ topped the June 21st chart. Following a No.1 on AMRAP’s regional chart earlier in the month. Long time between drinks !

A Note About Compilations

Given their longevity and wealth of released material, it is hardly surprising that the Bushwackers’ recordings have come to represent ‘bush music’ in the minds of the industry and the general public.

As such, they have been the ‘go-to’ when compilations of bush songs and general Australiana material are being assembled.

Tracks from their numerous studio and live recordings have appeared on dozens of such compilations over the years.

These recordings are too numerous to document here, other than to record thanks to all who have used them to promote and particpate in this unique expression of our musical culture and heritage.

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Bushwackers Discography – Commercial Releases

1973 When The Rain Tumbles Down In July (single)

(Warner Bros WBA-4045)

Band: Dave Isom – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals; Jan Wositzky – Bush Bass, Spoons, Bones; Davey Kidd – Fiddle; Mick Slocum – Accordion; Bert Kahanoff – Lagerphone.

Track Details:

When The Rain Tumbles Down in July

When The Rain Tumbles Down in July (Instrumental)

1974 – The Shearer’s Dream (Picture Album) – Allegedly World’s First!

(Picture Records 1974 Cat# PRF 1007, Vinyl Re-issue Larrikin # LRF 019)

Band: Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina; Dave Isom – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar; Tony Hunt – Fiddle; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle; Jan Wositzky

– Vocals, Banjo, Bush Bass, Bodhran, Bones.

Side 1: South Australia, The Red Hot Woodstove, Maranoa Drovers, Ned Kelly Was Born In A Ramshackle Hut, The Swagless Swaggie, Drops of Brandy, Ryebuck Shearer. Side2:Woolloomooloo Lair, Holy Dan/Bullocky-Oh, Jim Jones at Botany Bay,

The Bush Girl, Denis O’Reilly, The Shearers’ Dream.

1976 – And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Album)

(Image, Cat # ILP 753 PC 7837; Boot BOS 7179; Rainbow RSV005; Avenue SBP 237837) Band: Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina; Pete Howell – Acoustic Guitar, Bass; Jan Wositzky – Vocals, Bodhran, Bones, Harmonica; Davey Kidd – Fiddle; Tony Hunt – Fiddle; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Drums, Bones.

Side1:To The Shores of Botany Bay, Woolloomooloo Lair, Clancy of the Overflow, The Overlanders, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.

Side2:Waltzing Matilda, Theme From Ben Hall, One of the Hasbeens, Jog Along To Shearing, The New Broom

1976 Murrumbidgee (Album)

(Image, LP Cat # ILP 776; Cass Cat # 4ILP 776; Boot BOS 7196; SBP 237881)

Band: Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lager- phone, Whistle, Bones; Jan Wositzky – Vocals, Bodhran, Bones, Harmonica; Louis McManus – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Fiddle, Mandolin; Dave Kidd – Vocals, Fiddle, Viola; Pete Farndon – Bass. Guest: Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention) – Drums.

Side1:Augathella Station, Lachlan Tigers, Billy of Tea, Cold Feet, When The Rain Tumbles Down in July.

Side2:Streets of Forbes, The Cameo, Tomahawkin’ Fred (The Ladies’ Man), Murrum- bidgee River, Flash Jack From Gundagai.

1977 Original TV Themes (EP)

Image – Cat # IEP 3)

Band: Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lager- phone, Whistle, Bones; Jan Wositzky – Vocals, Bodhran, Bones, Harmonica; Louis McManus – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Fiddle, Mandolin; Dave Kidd – Vocals, Fiddle, Viola; Pete Farndon – Bass.

Track Details:

Theme From Cash & Co Theme From Ben Hall

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(Image/Astor, LP Cat # MA 12202)

Band: Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lager- phone, Whistle, Bones; Jan Wositzky – Vocals, Bodhran, Harmonica, Bones; Steve Groves – Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars; Fred Kuhnl – Bass; Greg Martin – Drums. Side 1: Stringybark Creek, Annie, Van Diemans Land, Lime Juice Tub, Flying Pieman. Side2:Bushfire, Past Carin’, Hard Luck Stories, Wild Horses, Fannie Bay.

1978 – Bushfire Radio Special (Promotional Album)

(Avenue, LP Cat # SBP 237880, Cass Cat # PC 7880; SBP 237880)

Band: Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lager- phone, Whistle, Bones; Jan Wositzky – Vocals, Bodhran, Harmonica, Bones; Steve Groves – Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars; Fred Kuhnl – Bass; Greg Martin – Drums. Side1:HIstory of The Bushwackers (member interviews by Gavin Wood).

Side2:Band members discuss ‘Bushfire’ + Bushfire, Annie, Lime Juice Tub.

1978 – Annie (Single)

(Image, Cat # IS 237)

Band: Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina; Pete Howell – Acoustic Guitar, Bass; Jan Wositzky – Vocals, Bodhran, Bones, Harmonica; Davey Kidd – Fiddle; Tony Hunt – Fiddle; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Drums, Bones.

Track Details:

Annie Fannie Bay

1980 – The Dance Album (Album)

(Image LP Cat # ILP 815, Cass Cat # 4ILP 815; SBP 237834; Rajon 2002 CD Cat# R0093)

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.

Side 1: 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 Woody- ard (Merri Creek/The Madman’s Woodyard/St George’s Road).

Side 2: The Barn Dance (Dumbarton Castle), The Stockyards (Blackthorn Stick/Sixpenny Money/Kesh Jig/Haymaker’s Jig), Queensland Backstep (Gallopede/Nut Brown Maid- en/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 Shear- ing/The Dark Isle)

1978 – The Flying Pieman (Single)

(Avenue, Cat # K-7978)

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.

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1981 – Faces In The Street (Album)

(1981 Avenue, LP Cat # SBP 237884, Cass Cat # PC 7884)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle; Jan Wositzky – Vocals, Banjo, Harmonica, Bush Percussion; Michael Harris – Vocals, Mandolin, Fiddle; Roger Corbett

– Vocals, Mandolin, Bass; Louis McManus – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Tenor Banjo; Eddie Van Roosendael – Drums.

Side1:Faces In The Street, Ned Kelly’s Tunes, Ballad of 1891, Weevils in the Flour, Marijuana Australiana.

Side2:Freedom on the Wallaby, Les Darcy, Dick’s Pig, Bill’s Yarn, The Tent Poles Are Rotten, The Mistress on the Floor.

1982 – The Bushwackers Collection (Album)

(Avenue, LP Cat # L 37821); EMI CDP 746927 2; CD (2002 Rajon #R 0085)

Band: Lineup Various – including Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Louis McManus – Fiddle, Guitars, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo; Dave Kidd – Fiddle; Pete Farndon – Bass, Jan Wositzky – Vocals, banjo, Bush Bass, Bush Percussion; Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina, Fred Kuhnl – Bass, Michael Harris – Fid- dle, Viola, Mandolin; Greg Martin – Drums.

Side1:Waltzing Matilda, Van Diemans Land, Lachlan Tigers, Lime Juice Tub The Flying Pieman, Theme from Ben Hall, Marijuana Australiana.

Side2:Shores of Botany Bay, Theme from Cash & Company, Hard Luck Stories, Billy of Tea, Clancy of the Overflow, Flash Jack from Gundagai, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

1981 – 1982 – Beneath The Southern Cross (Album)

(Telmak, Cat # TMAK 043 + CBS 85718, SBP 237906)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett

– Vocals, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin; Louis McManus – Vocals, Guitars, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Piano; Michael Harris – Vocals, Fiddle, Viola, Mandolin; Eddy Van Roosen- dael – Vocals, Drums, Percussion.

Side1:St Anne’s Reel, Waltzing Matilda, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, The Catalpa, Lazy Harry’s, South Australia.

Side2:Beneath The Southern Cross, The Plate Glass Window, Battlers Ballad, Spider

By The Gwydir, Lachlan Tigers, The Fishing Reels.

1982 – Beneath The Southern Cross (Single)

(CBS Cat# BA 223052)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett

– Vocals, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin; Louis McManus – Vocals, Guitars, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Piano; Michael Harris – Vocals, Fiddle, Viola, Mandolin; Eddy Van Roosen- dael – Vocals, Drums, Percussion.

TrackDetails:Beneath The Southern Cross, Waltzing Matilda

1982 – Waltzing Matilda – The Very Best Of The Bushwackers (Album)

(J&B Records – Cat # JB 195)

Band: Various Lineups from Image/Avenue Albums 1974 – 1981

Side 1: Waltzing Matilda, Shores of Botany Bay, Lachlan Tigers, Billy of Tea, Beneath The Southern Cross, Hard Luck Stories, Battlers Ballad, Lime Juice Tub, Flying Pieman Side 2: Marijuana Australiana, South Australia, Lazy Harry’s, Flash Jack, Theme From Ben Hall, Van Diemans Land, Clancy of the Overflow,Theme from Cash & Co, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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1982 – Down There For Dancing (Album)

(CBS LP Cat # SBP 237825; Cass Cat # PC 7825 )

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Bush Percussion, Whistle; Roger Corbett

– Vocals, Bass; Louis McManus – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Tenor Banjo, Bozouki; Michael Harris – Fiddle, Viola; Freddy Strauks – Vocals, Drums, Per- cussion; Eddie Van Roosendael – Drums

Side1:The Willow Tree (Andrew’s Farewell to the Malvinas/The Dandenong Rangers/Pater- son Street), 1-2-3-4 (Song), King Gus (King Gus/Captain Pugwash), No. 96 (Dever The Danc- er/The Butterfly/The Grinder’s Jig), Hanging Rock (Melody on the Move/Ed’s Jive), Coney Island (Doc Boyd’s Jig/Jump at the Sun/The Hag at the Desk)

Side 2: Smith Street Shuffle (Hasapikos/Always Look for Trouble), Over The Top (John Leary’s Polka/Belfast Polka/Valliance Polka), Swedish Masquerade (Swedish Masquerade/ Scartaglen Polka/Hogan’s Heroes/ Gilligan’s Island), Under The Bridge (Blondie’s Troika/Zi- geuner-Karawane), Buffalo Bill (Fisher’s Ghost/White Cockade/Ice on the Road)

White Dress (Song).

1982 – Waltzing Matilda (12” Single)

(CBS Cat# BA-12033)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass; Danny Bourke – Fiddle; Tony O’Neill – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin; Tommy Emmanuel – Electric Guitar; Louis McManus – Acoustic & Electric Guitar; Michael Harris – Fiddle; Freddy Strauks – Drums.

TrackDetails:Waltzing Matilda, Beneath The Southern Cross.

1982 – When Britannia Ruled The Waves (Single)

(CBS Cat # BA 223052

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass; Danny Bourke – Fiddle; Tony O’Neill – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin; Tommy Emmanuel – Electric Guitar; Freddy Strauks – Drums.

TrackDetails:When Britannia Ruled The Waves, Hanging Rock.

1983 – Warrigal Morning – Music From Bush Christmas Film (Album)

(CBS – LP Cat # SBP 237975, Cass Cat# PC 7975)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass; Danny Bourke – Fiddle; Tony O’Neill – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin; Tommy Emmanuel – Electric Guitar; Freddy Strauks – Drums.

Side1:Prince’s Theme, Warrigal Morning, Lachlan Tigers, Silent Night, Waltzing Matil- da, Goanna Stew

Side2:The Fishing Reels, Billy of Tea, Travelling Music, Stir The Pudding, Augathella Station,The Race.

1983 – Warrigal Morning (Single)

(CBS Cat # BA 233130)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass; Danny Bourke – Fiddle; Tony O’Neill – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin; Tommy Emmanuel – Electric Guitar; Freddy Strauks – Drums.

TrackDetails:Warrigal Morning, Goanna Stew.

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1984 – Lively! (Album) – Live at Revesby Workers’ Club

(CBS LP Cat # SBP 238004, Cass Cat # PC 8004)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Bush Percussion, Whistle; Roger Corbett

– Vocals, Bass; Tommy Emmanuel – Vocals, Electric Guitar; Dan Bourke – Fiddle; Tony O’Neill – Vocals, Guitars, Fiddle; Freddy Strauks – Vocals, Drums.

Side1:Lime Juice Tub, Lazy Harry’s, Marijuana Australiana, Murrumbidgee Rive, When The Rain Tumbles Down In July, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Side2:When Britannia Ruled The Waves, Les Darcy, 1-2-3-4, Beneath The Southern Cross, Wall of Death, Waltzing Matilda.

1988 – Celebration (Double Album) – CBS Compilation

(CBS LP Cat # 460860 1; Cass Cat # 460860 4)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Bush Percussion, Whistle; Roger Corbett

– Vocals, Bass; Tommy Emmanuel – Vocals, Electric Guitar; Dan Bourke – Fiddle; Tony O’Neill – Vocals, Guitars, Fiddle; Freddy Strauks – Vocals, Drums.

Side1:Waltzing Matilda, Warrigal Morning, Les Darcy, Lazy Harry’s, Billy of Tea, Lach- lan Tigers, Bushfire.

Side2:When Brittania Ruled The Waves, 1-2-3-4, Marijuana Australia, When The Rain Tumbles Down in July, Lime Juice Tub, South Australia, The New Broom.

Side3:And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, The Willow Tree, Hanging Rock

Ed’s Jive, Coney Island, Jump At The Sun, The Hag At The Desk, Smith Street Shuffle, Always Look for Trouble, Buffalo Bill, Waves of Bondi.

Side4:Plate Glass Window, Beneath the Southern Cross, No.96, Under The Bridg, Over The Top, Swedish Masquerade, The Flying Pieman.

1989 – Shoalhaven Man (Single)

(True Blue Records/CBS Cat # 655301 7)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass; Dan Bourke – Fiddle; Steve Housden – Guitars; Bob Donaldson – Drums. TrackDetails:Shoalhaven Man, The Butterfly.

1994 – Billy of Tea (CD EP)

(ABC Cat#…)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass; Mark Oats – Fiddle; Pete Malone – Guitars; Melanie Williamson – Accor- dion; Pete Drummond – Drums.

TrackDetails:Billy of Tea, Holy Dan, Shoalhaven Man, The New Broom.

1995 – So Far…1974-1994 (Double CD Album)

(ABC CD Cat # 10452)

Band: Various Lineups from Image/Avenue/CBS Albums 1974 – 1994.

Disc 1: The Ryebuck Shearer (1974), The Cameo (1976), Jog Along ‘Til Shearing (1975), Augathella Station (1976), The Overlanders (1975), The Battlers Ballad (1981), Flash Jack From Gundagai (1976), The Streets Of Forbes (1976), Murrumbidgee River (1976), South Australia (1981), When The Rain Tumbles Down In July (1996) Stringy- bark Creek (1978), The Flying Pieman (1980), Annie (1978), Woolloomooloo Lair (1975), Fannie Bay (1978), Heel & Tow Polka (1980), Lazy Harry’s (1981).

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1995 – So Far…1974-1994 (Double CD Album)

(ABC CD Cat # 10452)

Band: Various Lineups from Image/Avenue/CBS Albums 1974 – 1994.

Disc 2: Ned Kelly’s Tunes (1981), Ballad of Les Darcy (1981), Marijuana Australiana (1981), The Ballad of 1891 (1981), The Tent Poles Are Rotten (1981), Coney Island (1982), And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (1984) Waltzing Matilda (1982), Lach- lan Tigers (1983), Fishing Reels (1983), Beneath The Southern Cross (1984), 1-2-3-4 (1984), When Britannia Ruled The Waves (1984), Limejuice Tub (1984), Billy Of Tea (1994), Holy Dan (1994), New Broom (1994), Shoalhaven Man (1994).

1995 – Bushwacked! (CD EP)

(ABC/EMI # 8145932)

Band: Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass, Mandolin, Guitar; Dobe Newton – Vocals, La- gerphone, Whistle, Bush Persussion; Melanie Williamson – Vocals, Accordion, Gui- tar; Mark Oats – Vocals, Fiddle; Pete Drummond – Drums; Pete Malone – Electric & Acoustic Guitars.

TrackDetails:Henry’s Men, Shelter, Waltzing Matilda, Bushwacked!, The New Broom.

1996 – Jubilee (CD Album – Live at Longyard Hotel, Tamworth)

(ABC/EMI Cat# 4892832)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Whistle, Lagerphone, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass; Melanie Williamson – Vocals, Guitar, Accordion; Mark Oats – Vocals, Fid- dle; Tim Gaze – Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars; Pete Drummond – Vocals, Drums. Special Guests: Slim Dusty, Lee Kernaghan, Tommy Emmanuel, Graeme Connors,ShanleyDel,BroderickSmith,GregChampion,TedEgan,CrosbySisters,MichaelFix,MarkO’Shea.

Track Details: Poor Ned, Flash Jack From Gundagai, When The Rain Tumbles Down In July (Slim Dusty/Lee Kernaghan/Tommy Emmanuel), Beneath The Southern Cross (Graeme Connors), Ballad of 1891 (Tommy Emmanuel), Past Carin’ (Shanley Del), Battlers Ballad (Brod Smith), Henry’s Men, Woolloomooloo Lair (Greg Champion), Billy Of Tea (Ted Egan), Fannie Bay, 1-2-3-4 (Crosby Sisters/Michael Fix), When Britta- nia Ruled The Waves (Mark O’Shea), Waltzing Matilda, Ned Kelly’s Tunes.

1997 – Oz Rock Salute (CD Album – Live at Longyard Hotel, Tamworth)

(ABC/EMI Cat# 7243 8 21063 2 6 )

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Whistle, Lagerphone, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass; Melanie Williamson – Vocals, Guitar, Accordion; Mark Oats – Vocals, Fid- dle; Tim Gaze – Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars; Pete Drummond – Vocals, Drums; plus Damien Kennedy – Bass and Hanuman Dass – Drums.

Track Details: The New Broom, I’ll Be Gone (Bushwackers featuring Tim Gaze), Pure Massacre (TommyEmmanuuel), Eagle Rock (JohnWibberley), Long Way To The Top (Sensitive New Age Cowpersons), Choir Girl (Genni & John Kane), Solid Rock (Bush- wackers featuringRogerCorbett), To Her Door (TheCrosbySisters), What About Me (Pete and Pat Drummond), One Perfect Day (Mitchell Shadlow), Bad Boy For Love (GregChampion), I Hope I Never (Bushwackers featuringMelanieWilliamson), I Am Woman (Leslie Avril), She’s My Baby (Bushwackers featuring Dobe Newton), When The Boys Light Up (MarkO’Shea), TNT (Bushwackers featuringDobeNewton), Lach- lan Tigers.

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Bushwackers Discography – Commercial Releases

2001 – No Nuts ‘Til Monday (CD Album)

(Southland/ACMEC Cat# Southland-ACMEC 001)

Band: Roger Corbett – Vocals, bass; Dobe Newton – Vocals, persussion, whistle; Tim Gaze – Vocals, electric and acoustic guitar; Mark Oats – Fiddle, banjo, vocals; Pamela Drysdale – Accordion, vocals; Pete Drummond – Drums.

Track Details: This Is The Place For Me, The Gift, The Overlanders, It’s A Good Day, They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore, Henry’s Men, Heroes, Blue Mountain, Go The Distance, Jim Jones, Raise Your Hand, Gypsy Spirit, The Voyage .

2002 – The Great Bushwackers Band (3 x CD Album)

(Rajon CD Cat# R 0011)

Various Lineups from Avenue/Image Albums 1974 – 1981.

Disc1:To The Shores Of Botany Bay, The Wooloomooloo Lair, Clancy Of The Overflow, The Overlanders, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda

, Theme From Ben Hall, One Of The Has Beens, Jog Along ‘Til Shearing, The New Broom, Van Diemans Land, Lachlan Tigers, Lime Juice Tub, The Flying Pieman, Mari- jauna Australiana, Theme From Cash & Co.

Disc2:Hard Luck Stories, Billy Of Tea, Flash Jack From Gundagai, Faces In The Street

, Ned Kelly’s Tunes, The Ballad Of 1891, Weevils In The Flour, Freedom On The Walla- by, Les Darcy, Dick’s Pig, Bill’s Yarn, The Tent Poles (Are Rotten On The Wallaby), The Mistress On The Floor, Stringybark Creek, Annie, Past Carin’.

Disc3:Wild Horses, Fannie Bay, Waves Of Bondi, Road To Gundagai, Heel & Toe Polka, The Pride Of Erin, The Drongo, The Madman’s Woodyard, The Barn Dance, Stock- yards, Ned Kelly’s Dance, Flying Doctor, Queensland Backstep, The Kangaroo Hop,

2002 – Australian Songbook (CD Album)

(Stallion CD Cat# SW21005)

Band: Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Tim Gaze – Vocals, Electric & Acoustic guitars; Justin Duggan – Drums; Mark Oats – Fiddle, Vocals; Pamela Drysdale – Accordion, Vocals.

Track Details: Flash Jack From Gundagai, The Ryebuck Shearer, Murrumbidgee, Be- neath The Southern Cross, The Shores of Botany Bay, The Lachlan Tigers, Ballad of Les Darcy, Lazy Harry’s, The Woolloomooloo Lair, Indian Pacific/Orange Blossom Special, Shoalhaven Man, South Australia, Limejuice Tub, Go The Distance, Get Back You Bas- tard! (Bonus Track).

2002 – Indian Pacific/Orange Blossom Special (CD Single)

(Stallion, CD Cat# SW 20022)

Band: Roger Corbett – Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals; Dobe Newton – Lagerphone, Bones, Vocals; Tim Gaze – Acoustic & Electric Guitars; Pam Drysdale – Accordion; Mark Oats – Fiddle; Justin Duggan – Drums

TrackDetails:Orange Blossom Special, Indian Pacific.

2004 – Ned (CD Album)

(Bushwackers Cat# BW003))

Band: Roger Corbett – Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Buch Percussion; Mark Oats – Fiddle, vocals; Clare O’Meara – Fiddle, Accor- dion, Vocals; Michael Vidale – Bass; Justin Duggan – Drums

TrackDetails:Kelly In Our Hearts, Devils Boots, HisStory, Glenrowan Farewell, Ned Kelly Was Born In A Ramshackle Hut, Beechworth Gaol,Poor Ned (You’re Better Off

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Bushwackers Discography – Commercial Releases

2005 – April 25 (CD EP)

(Bushwackers Cat # BW004) )

Band: Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass, Mandolin, Guitar, Harmonica; Dobe Newton – Vo- cals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Persussion; Clare O’Meara – Vocals, Fiddle, Accordion; Mark Oats – Fiddle; Justin Duggan – Drums; Michael – Double and Electric Bass. Plus: Brad Bergen & Pete Drummond (Drums); Tim Wedde (Accordion); Tim Gaze (Guitars) Track Details: April 25, Farewell Dan & Edward Kelly, Go The Distance, Shoalhaven Man, Glenrowan Farewell.

2009 – Live & Loud (DVD – Live at Longyard Hotel, Tamworth)

(Bushwackers Cat# DVDBW 007)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Whistle, Lagerphone, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett

– Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica; Ben Corbett – Electric Guitar; Mark Oats – Vo- cals, Fiddle; Clare O’Meara – Fiddle, Accordion, Vocals; Michael Vidale – Bass; Adrian Cannon – Drums.

Track Details: The Flying Pig, Flash Jack From Gundagai, South Australia, This Is The Place For Me, Henrys Men, Union Jack, Glenrowan Farewell, The Road To Thargo- mindah, Rybuck Shearer, April 25, The Good Old Days, Murrumbidgee, Lachlan Tiger, The Limejuice Tub, Ned Kelly’s Tunes.

SpecialFeatures:Band History (Rog & Dobe) + Archival Videos 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s

2010 – Australian Songbook Volume II (CD Album)

(Bushwackers Cat# BW006)

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Whistle, Lagerphone, Bush Percussion; Roger Corbett

– Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin; Ben Corbett – Electric Guitar; Mark Oats – Vocals, Fiddle; Clare O’Meara – Fiddle, Accordion, Vocals; Michael Vidale – Bass; Justin Guggan – Drums.

Track Details: Kings of the Roaring Days, The Good Old Days, The Road To Thargo- mindah, Union Jack, Maranoa Drovers, The Flying Pig, April 25, Kelly In Our Hearts, Faces In The Street, Poor Ned (You’re Better Off Dead), Glenrowan Farewell, This Is The Place For Me, The Overlanders, Henry’s Men.

2011 – ‘Official’ Dance Album (CD Album)

(Bushwackers Cat# BW009)

A re-recording (with dance calls) of the 1980 Bushwackers Dance Album.

Band: Roger Corbett – Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals; Dobe Newton – Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion, Vocals; Clare O’Meara – Fiddle, Acordion; Brad Bergen – Drums; Michael Vidale – Bass; Ben Corbett – Guitar; Mark Oats – Fiddle; Tony O’Neill – Tenor Banjo.

TrackDetails:Barn Dance, Heel And Toe Polka, I Am Australian (Song), Night Of The Bush Dance (Song), Queensland Backstep, The Stockyards, Strip The Willow,

The Drongo, Waves Of Bondi, Pride of Erin, The OXO Reel, The Soldier’s Joy, Under The Bridge.

2013 – Australian Songbook Collection (3 x CD Albums)

(Bushwackers Cat# BW010)

Band: Roger Corbett – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Harmonica; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Mark Oats – Fiddle; Clare O’Meara – Vocals, Fiddle, Accordion; Michael Vidale – Bass; Brad Bergen – Electric Guitar, Drums. Guest: Charlie McMahon – Digeridoo

TrackDetailsVolIII:Streets of Forbes, 10,000 Miles Away, I Am Australian, Easy Mon- ey, Fannie Bay, Lawson’s Loop, By The Glow of the Kerosene Light, Ballad of 1891, Old Sydney Town, Last of the Knucklemen, Plains of Maralinga, Night of the Bush Dance,

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Going Home – Theme from Local Hero. 13

Bushwackers Discography – Commercial Releases

2017 – The Hungry Mile (CD Album)

(Bushwackers Cat# BW011)

Band: Roger Corbett – Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals; Dobe Newton – La- gerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion, Vocals; Clare O’Meara – Fiddle, Accordion; Mark Oats – Fiddle; Ben Corbett – Guitar; Andy Gatus – Drums; Michael Vidale – Bass.

Guests: Kevin Bennett, Sara Storer, John Williamson (voals); James Church – Dobro. TrackDetails:Leave It In The Ground, Dirt Under My Nails, Another Trip To Bunnings, The Hungry Mile, Waltzing Australia, Australian for Broken Heart, Easy Does It, Denis O’Reilly, Giant of a Man, The Backblock Shearer, Republic Day, Oh How The Memories Have Flown.

2018 – The Best Of The Bushwackers Band (CD Album)

(Southern Cross Music Cat# 19075827862)

A CD re-release of the 1982 Album ‘The Bushwackers Collection’.

Band: Lineup Various – including Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Louis McManus – Fiddle, Guitars, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo; Dave Kidd – Fiddle; Pete Farndon – Bass, Jan Wositzky – Vocals, banjo, Bush Bass, Bush Percussion; Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Concertina, Fred Kuhnl – Bass, Michael Harris – Fid- dle, Viola, Mandolin; Greg Martin – Drums.

Side1:Waltzing Matilda, Van Diemans Land, Lachlan Tigers, Lime Juice Tub The Flying Pieman, Theme from Ben Hall, Marijuana Australiana.

Side2:Shores of Botany Bay, Theme from Cash & Company, Hard Luck Stories, Billy of Tea, Clancy of the Overflow, Flash Jack from Gundagai, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

2019 – Marijuana Australiana – Re-hashed (Digital Single Track)

(Bushweackers Cat# BW 012)

Band: Roger Corbett – Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals; Dobe Newton – La- gerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion, Vocals; Clare O’Meara – Fiddle, Accordion; Liam Kennedy Clark – Elecrtric Guitar; Mark Oats – Fiddle; Andy Gatus – Drums; Michael Vidale – Bass.

2020 – Dyed In The Wool (CD Album)

(Bushwackers Cat# BW 013)

Band: Roger Corbett – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Harmoni- ca; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Mark Oats – Fiddle; Clare O’Meara – Vocals, Accordion; Andy Gatus – Drums.

TrackDetails:Jog Along ‘Til Shearing, All For Me Grog

Another Fall Of Rain, Marijuana Australiana (Rehashed), Billy Of Tea, Lazy Harry’s, Euabalong Ball, Ryebuck Shearer, Eumeralla Shore, The Backblock Shearer, The Lime- juice Tub, The Overlanders, Flash Jack From Gundagai, Travelling Down The Castlere- agh, The Lachlan Tigers, South Australia, The Springtime It Brings On The Shearing

2021 – Diggin’ For Gold (Digital Single Track)

(Bushwackers Cat# BW014)

Band: Roger Corbett – Vocals, Bass, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Gabi Louise – Fiddle; Clare O’Meara – Vocals, Accordion; Liam Kennedy-Clark – Electric Guitar; Josh Bentley – Drums.

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ABC

Additional Released Material

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, a number of Melbourne-based members of the Bushwackers

were regularly involved in ABC Radio’s long-running ‘Sunday Folk’ program presented by David Mulhallen. They were involved not only in supplying music, but also developed scripts for a number of ‘specialist’ pro- grams – eg. The Eureka Stockade, Ned Kelly, Bush Christmas… etc.

Some of the recordings have survived – some have been lost, due to the ABC’s practice of re-using tapes (many lost Countdown episodes! etc).

Many of stories/yarns/poems recorded over those years were commercially released in a series called ‘Songs and Stories of Australia – A Swag of Yarns’. The readings were by Dobe Newton, with music by Dan Bourke, Louis McManus, Steve Groves, Tony O’Neill and accordion whiz George Butrumlis. These recordings inspired the Bushies to create ‘The Lawson Project’ which won the Golden Gumleaf at Tamworth (the spoken word equivalent of the Golden Guitar).

1992 – Songs & Stories of Australia – A Swag of Yarns Vol I (2 x CD Album)

(ABC Audio Tapes Cat# ISBN 0642129738)

Band: Steve Groves – Guitars, Dan Bourke -Fiddle, Louis McManjus – Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Bush Percussion.

Track Details – Poems & Stories: Holy Dan, The Smiths, Said Hanrahan, Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, The Man From Ironbark, Song of The Songless Shearer, Tangmalangaloo, The Swagless Swaggie, The Practical Smoker, Making a Champion, A Curious Reminiscence Billy Carpenter and Smith’s Elastic Brace, A Snake Yarn, Mad Jack’s Cockatoo.

TrackDetailsMusic: Songs & Stories Theme, The Drought is Broken, The Wedding March of Uist, The Golden Fleece, You Married My Daughter – Yet You Didn’t, The Lonsdale Waltz, La Liberte, Coopers Creek

1999 – The Best of Songs & Stories of Australia – A Swag of Yarns (2 x CD Album)

(ABC Audio Tapes -CD ISBN 0642555575; Cassette; ISBN 0642555621 )

Band: Steve Groves – Guitars, Dan Bourke -Fiddle, Louis McManjus – Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin; George Butrumlis – Accordion; Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Bush Percussion.

Disc 1 Poems & Stories: Holy Dan, The Smiths, Said Hanrahan, Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, The Man From Ironbark, Song of The Songless Shearer, Tangmalangaloo, The Swagless Swaggie, The Practical Smoker, Making a Champion, A Curious Reminiscence

Billy Carpenter and Smith’s Elastic Brace, A Snake Yarn, Mad Jack’s Cockatoo, The Spider By The Gwydir, Mickety Mulga Jim, The Stockman’s Cheque, The Devil On The Rock, The Geebung Polo Club, Walks Like This, The Guile of Dad McGinnis.

Disc 1 Music: Songs & Stories Theme, The Drought is Broken, The Wedding March of Uist, The Golden Fleece, You Married My Daughter – Yet You Didn’t, The Lonsdale Waltz, La Liberte, Coopers Creek, The Bride’s a Bonny Thing, The Footscray Jigs

Joe Cashmere’s Varsovianna, O’Keefe’s Slides.

Disc 2 Poems & Stories: How McDougall Topped The Score, Our Ancient Ruin, Salt- bush Bill, A Post Cup Tale, Scotty’s Wild Stuff Stew, Been There Before, The Man From Snowy River, Upon The Road To Rockabout, A Gentle Hint, Bluey Brink, Daley’s Dorg Wattle, Me And My Dog, How We Backed The Favourite, City of Dreadful Thirst, Yule Fever, Grog ‘n Grumble Steeplechase, Are You The Cove?, The Outlaw & The Rider, It’s Grand, The Swagman.

Disc 2 Music: The Floppy-Eared Dog, Mick Pilley’s Schottische, Chinaman’s Chance, Arthur’s Seat, The Fiddle Polka, Captain Cook’s Cottage, Life In The Finland Woods, Cosgill’s Delight, Newcastle. 15

Additional Released Material

1995 – Bridge of Love (Australian Family of Country Music)

(Larrikin Cat# 9315998100122)

To celebrate The International Year of the Family in 1995, Melanie Williamson gath- ered a large group of Australian country music artists to record this song written by Roger.

The ‘Family’ included – Mick Albeck, Clint Beattie, Colin Buchanan, TC Cassidy, Bill, Dianne, Nash and Kasey Chambers, Greg Champion, Andrew Clermont, Beccy Cole, Graeme Connors, Roger Corbett, Jodie and Kelly Crosby, Smoky Dawson, Shanley Del, Pat Drummond, Mitch Farmer, Michael Fix, Steve Gibson, Jim Haynes, Gina Jeffreys, Genni Kane, Lee Kernaghan, Anne Kirkpatrick, Darcy Le Year, Ian Lees, Jimmy Little, Rod McCormack, Angie Marquis, Mark Meyer, Laurie Minson, Dobe Newton, Brent Parlane, Mark Punch, Rosemary Rae, Jane Saunders and Gina Timms.

It was a fund-raiser for childrens’ charity Barnadoc Australia and won the Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration at the 1996 Country Music Awards of Australia in Tam- worth.

The EP also featured a version featuring Colin Buchanan and The Bridge of Love Chil- drens’ Choir made up of 120 primary school students.

2007 – The Lawson Project – While The Billy Boils (2 x CD Album)

(Bushwackers Cat# BW005)

Dobe Newton reads Lawson short stories ands classic poems and yarns.

Disc1:An Old Mate of Your Fathers, The Loaded Dog, That There Dog of Mine, The Drover’s Wife, Another of Mitchell’s Plans, Steelman, Two Dogs and a Fence, ‘Arvey Aspinall’s Alarm Clock.

Disc 2: Holy Dan, The Practical Smoker, A Curious Reminiscence, The Man From Snowy River, Tangmalangaloo, The Original Football Jersey, Been There Before, Mak- ing A Champion, A Snake Yarn, The Swagless Swaggie, The Man From Ironbark, The Smiths, Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, Billy Carpenter and Smith’s Elastic Brace, Jones’s Selection Said Hanrahan, Clancy of the Overflow.

2009 – A Convict Can’t Be Trusted (Dobe CD Album)

(BushMusic Cat# AUND30900001)

In the 1980s, Warner Chappel GM John Brommel financed some demo recording following a songwriting camp. Dobe worked with Melbourne musician Paul Norton as producer, but the recordings were never completed. In 2009, Arts Victoria approved a grant to finish the project. The original tapes were resurrected by mater engineer Ern Rose, and the album released.

Band: Dobe Newton – Vocals, Lagerphone, Whistle, Bush Percussion; Dan Bourke – Fiddle; Tony O’Neill – Fiddle, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin; Paul Norton – Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars; Gerry Pantazis – Drums; Robyn Payne – Accordion, Keyboards. Guests: Wendy Stapleton – Vocals; Gerry Hale – Fiddle, Mandolin; Ally McNaughton – Vocal

Track Details: Virgin Ground, Ball and Chain, Kate Kelly, I Am Australian, Champions, The Bush Dance, Norman Brown, Ireland, Past Carin’, Jolly Roger, Bold Jack Donahue, Australian Home, Dare To Fight.

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From The Vault

2018 – The Shearer’s Dream Re-release (CD Album)

(Jan Wositzky – No Cat#)

After Picture Records declared bancruptcy in 1976, ownership of the band’s first album were purchased by Warren Fahey’s Larrikin Music. They re-ssued it on vinyl in the late 70s. Jan purchased the rights from Larrikin and re-mastered it for CD release (See page 6 for recording details).

2020 – Vintage Bushwackers (CD Album)

(Dave Isom – No Cat#)

The tapes from the Bushwackers’ very first recording session at Melbourne’s Arm- strongs Studio (1973) were ‘lost’ until located by founding member Dave Isom. With the exception of the band’s version of Slim Dusty’s ‘When The Rain Tumbles Down in July’, released as a single by Warner Brothers in 1973, none of these recordings had previously been heard. It’s great to have them available on CD.

Band: Dave Isom – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, 5-String Banjo; Jan Wositzky – Vocals, Bush Bass, Bones, Spoons, Harmonica; Bert Kahanoff – Lagerphone; Davey Kidd – Fiddle; Mick Slocum – Vocals, Accordion, Anglo Concertina. Plus Chris Wendt – 5-String Banjo. Track Details: Lazy Harry’s, ‘Ard Tack, When The Rain Tumbles Down in July, Whynam’s Reel/Nancy, The Swagless Swaggie, Another Fall of Rain, Chicken Reel/ Hen’s March, Ned Kelly Was Born in a Ramshackle Hut, Jones’s Selection, South Aus- tralia, When The Rain Tumbles Down in July (Instrumental).

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