Saturday 16 May 2015

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Margaret Bradford, Friday 12th June 2015, 7.30 to 11.30pm

Margaret Bradford  has been a name in the Australian folk scene as a singer/songwriter for over 30 years, and a member of the Bush Music Club for most, if not all of that time!

Her songs of conscience, humour and compassion reflect contemporary, environmental and social issues. She is able to bring out the heartfelt essence of a song. 

Margaret's recordings cover many themes. Songs in her repertoire reflect an interest in the environment, women, children and indigenous peoples. 

In 1994 Margaret was featured in an episode of ABC Radio's Songs and Stories of Australia telling the story of her mother and grandmother in the dairy-farming area around Coffs Harbour.

She sings in the duo Merryweather with Margaret Essex who will join her at Duke's.


Tritton Hall, Hut 44 Addison Road Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

Door opens 7.30 for 8pm start.

Concert & supper 8-10, Singing Session 10.00-11.30pm

BYO Australian songs

Cost - $10

Bring something to drink & a plate for supper

Enquiries - Sandra 9358 4886

Sue Chalmers (now Gee), Margaret Bradford, Margaret Walters, Jennifer Lees, John Warner, Robin Connaughton, St Albans Festival, 1995 (Margaret Bradford collection)


Tuesday 12 May 2015

Report on Tails from the Past

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 Rain - no rain - more rain - no rain - scattered showers- in weather-speak, the day in a nutshell. We were listed on the program fro a 60 minute performance, but were introduced 30 mins. early, then asked to finish at the booked time! Nothing daunts Allen Davis & Concert Party had no trouble filling the time, tho a few songs were repeated to answer requests by audience members. When one of the Light Horsemen said he lived in Goulburn that as the excuse to sing every song with the slightest connection to that historiic city.

Local Federal Member Anthony Albanese was among the dignitaries present, and as he had inspected the Light Horse party, we asked him to inspect Concert Party.

Inspection of Concert Party (Sharyn Mattern photo)

Photo by Margaret Rennie


photos by Zoe Harvey 

Jack, 3rd generation BMC member, son of Zoe & Mark, grandson of Lyn & John

Sandra Nixon photos

WarHorse banner

Horse being constructed by members of The Bower Co-op

Sharyn Mattern photos

Inspection of the Light Horse party

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Sunday 3 May 2015

The Bushwhackers - Australian Bush Songs, Wattle Recordings, 1957

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Wattle was unique in many respects – it was the first Australian record label to have a major hit record on the Australian record charts; the first to make dramatised and animated films of bush ballads; the first to commercially release recordings of didgeridoo playing and Aboriginal traditional songs; the first to invent and use a portable recording desk and a synchronised film and audio tape machine and the first to have Australian bush music played on television - on ABCTV.  History of Wattle Records from The National Library catalogue
Mark Gregory's Folkstream website has a complete listing of Wattle Recordings

A Series 78s
A1 The Bushwhackers The Drover’s Dream / The Bullockies’ Ball
A2 The Bushwhackers Travelling Down the Castlereagh / Australia’s on the Wallaby
A3 The Bushwhackers Old Bullock Dray / Nine Miles from Gundagai
A4 The Bushwhackers Give a Fair Go / Rabbiter (not issued?)
A5 The Bushwhackers Botany Bay / Click Go the Shears

A11 The Bushwhackers Black Velvet Band / The Hut That’s Upside-Down

The Bushwhackers made records for Wattle Records from 1955 to 1957 and their Bush Songs helped keep the wolf from Wattle's door for a few years. Their 78 rpm recording of The Drover's Dream, with Alan Scott singing, sold 20,000 copies in 1956!    ** reference below  very scratchy video of Drover's dream  

B Series 7" 33rpm EPs

B1 The Bushwhackers   Australian Bush Songs

The following illustrations came from a small leaflet (4 1/8" x 16 3/4" unfolded, folded in four to 4 1/8" x 5 1/2") of the album notes, excluding the back cover photograph.

See Paul the Stockman's blog article (title The Bushwhackers "Australian Bush Songs" EP 1957) for a picture of the back cover and downloadable files of the 5 tracks.

** 20,000 sales 
- Keith McKenry, More than a Life - John Meredith and the fight for Australian Tradition. Dural, Rosenberg, 2014, pp.153-154


Sydney Morning Herald e-Archives, 15th July 1962   page 73