Saturday 31 May 2014

Song, Verse & Tune Diamond Jubilee Competition winners

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Congratulations to the following winners who were announced at our Diamond Jubilee Dinner, and thanks to all who entered. The dance results will be announced soon due to the great number of entries.

Song - The Reedy River still flows            

Time goes by, how the years they fly
And fashions may come and may go
But as long as there’s music, as long as there’s dance
The Reedy River still flows
The Reedy River still flows

In the far distant times of the Dreaming
When people first walked this land
There was music and dancing to sing up the spirits
To bring us together, every woman and man


And from far distant lands others came
And still come to our bounteous shores
They bring stories and songs that tell who we are
And we dance round the room as did others before


In far distant places through the bush of Australia
The song catchers tirelessly roamed
Collecting the stories and tunes of our country
Collecting the dances, the songs and the poems


So let’s sing songs of those come before us
And let’s strike up the fiddle and bow
And let’s dance till we drop, and then sing one more chorus
So the River of Music still flows


© Bruce Watson 2013

Hi Sandra

I'm absolutely delighted.  I really appreciate the BMC running this project. For me it was a great catalyst for reflecting on the Australian folk music tradition and folk revival and what it means in our culture as well as in my life.
I'm really pleased with the song I wrote, which I have now dipped into the that flowing Reedy River, hopefully adding to that tradition, keeping it strong and, like a river, constantly renewing.
Thanks to the BMC for making that happen - all power to you.


Bruce's website  includes a link to the video of the winning song


Verse - Australian Dreaming 

You talk of old Australia, with the flooding rain and drought;
Of the shearer, of the drover; of the cook, the rouseabout;
You talk of paddle steamer, or of bullock team and dray;
It’s the noisy, smoggy city where we congregate today.

You talk of red Australia, and the hulking Uluru;
Of the emu and the brolga, of the bounding kangaroo;
You talk of Kata Tjuta, like a buried monster’s spine.
It’s in the boutique restaurants we like to meet and dine.

You talk of white Australia, and the mountains capped with snow,
Where only hardy currawongs and wombats care to go;
Or hibernating possums fast asleep beneath a drift.
We like a bright skyscraper with a fast ascending lift.

You talk of blue Australia, with its narrow rim of sand,
Where breaching humpback whales provide performances so grand;
Whale sharks up at Ningaloo, or dolphins in the surf.
The bitumen and footpath offer more familiar turf.

You talk of green Australia, with the moss, the ferns, the trees;
The dew drops in the morning, and the cool and healing breeze;
The nesting cassowaries, or the stealthy thylacine,
But we prefer the steady purr of petrol-fuelled machine.

We don’t think of Australia as we make our busy way
Through the surging hordes and traffic of another hectic day.
“No room for sentiment,” we say, but all’s not as it seems.
Australia comes, with scented gums, and greets us in our dreams.

© Stephen Whiteside 07.11.2013


Tune - Yabby Catcher by Maggie Sommerville


Thursday 8 May 2014

Chris & Virginia Woodland collection - Miscellaneous items

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Chris's membership card, from our earliest set. (BMC archives, Green & blue membership cards, c1956 to 1967. Foundation members had renewal dates of 1957)

Chris joined BMC in 1964, was elected M.C. in 1966 & moved out of Sydney in 1967, but has always been very involved in BMC activities, no matter where he lived. Chris was made a Life Member in 2014.

1. Covering letter

2. Newspaper clipping from an unknown paper, Monday 8th May, 1967
 3. Weekend Pass for Chris Woodland 1980 Bush Music Festival

4.  Poems

5.  Beer & Cheese Night, 5th Dec 1967, with 2 themes Eureka Stockade & Mary Gilmore

6. Beer & Cheese night, 5th Dec 1967, 2 themes Eureka Stockade & Mary Gilmore

7. Report to Bushwhacker Conference, 1957 - p.1, given to John Meredith by Jamie Carlin, & a full copy given to Chris by Merro.

8. Report to Bushwhacker Conference, 1957 - p.2

9. Report to Bushwhacker Conference, 1957 - p.3

10. Report to Bushwhacker Conference, 1957 - p.4

11. Report to Bushwhacker Conference, 1957 - p.5

12.   Poem - Convict Saw Pits by John Dengate, published in Education 2.3.77

13.  List of dances, undated, unknown writer  - 1965?

14.   Reminder about AGM 23rd March (1965) probably read at a  Singabout or Workshop just before the meeting.

15. leaflet used between January 1968 & March 1969


17. details of 20 Golden Greats LP, 1980

18. M.C's copy - Songs from Manifold's Penguin Australian Song Book to be learnt for future workshop nights.  1965 AGM authorised the purchase of copies of this book.

19. Names of participants

20.  Singabout 692), 1967 notice of Chris & Virginia's move to Mulwala.

21.  Article in Sun-Herald, June 9, 1968 re bushranger Fred Lowry  who said "tell them I died game" 17 years before Ned Kelly said it.


23. receipt for door takings May 1967. (BMC archives, receipt books)

Pages from Araluen. A History through photographs, c.1840 - 2000. To honour the pioneers. From the combined albums of Chris Woodland and some long-established Araluen families. (Braidwood & District Historical Society & Museum, October 2014 ) Used with permission

24.  page 46 - Session at Araluen Hotel, c.1965. The concertina player on the right is Dave de Hugard who became one of Australia's best-known singers of traditional songs. (photo supplied by Dave to Chris - Woodland collection) 

25.  page 47 - top - John Meredith playing his button accordion beside the open fire of Woola hut July 1992, & inspecting the "Fairy Tree"  (photos © Chris Woodland) 
left - Jim "Kaiser" Simpson (c1893-1973) playing his button accordion outside the Araluen Hotel, 24 April, 1966.  right - Jim Thorley, Johnny 'Jack'Marshall, Peter Harrison, Jim 'Kaiser' Simpson at the Araluen Hotel.  (photos from the Woodland collection) 

26. page 102 - top - Vern Douglas (left) and Chris Woodland enjoying a cup of tea before the fire in the last remaining room of Cudgee hut, and Kevin Griggs below, August 1973  (All the pictures on pages102 and 103 were taken with my camera. Obviously someone else took the shots with me in them, or I used a time-delay ... can't recall - Chris, October 2020 - Woodland collection)

27. page 103 - top - Vern, Kevin & Chris outside Cudgee hut, August 1973. 
below - Ron Hatcher, Vern Douglas & Chris Woodland at Woolla, Easter 1981. (All the pictures on pages102 and 103 were taken with my camera. Obviously someone else took the shots with me in them, or I used a time-delay ... can't recall - Chris, October 2020