Sunday 11 March 2018

Duke's Place, Australian Songs in Concert & Session with Craig Edmondson, Friday 18th May, 2018, (3rd Friday) 7.30 for 8pm

Colour Blind Craig
Old CBC is a Sydney blues and country artist who plays regularly at small bars, gin joints, and markets all over Sydney. He also plays on tall ships on the Sydney harbour whenever the winds are fair. While blues and country music is his current stock in trade, he’s always been a folkie at heart and has a long history playing in bush bands that stretches back in time to the 1980s. He is currently a member of Ryebuck.

(Sandra Nixon photo, Beecroft dance, Feb 2018)

In 1988 he released Bondi Road, an LP of original songs on the Restless label that was too pop to be folk and too country to be rock. As CD technology was on the ascendency, releasing an LP was about as smart as putting out the songs on a piano roll. While the LP got some airplay on the ABC and even Triple M the songs lay dormant until his daughter Daisy began singing a track from the album called Used to be a River. 30 years after the song appeared on vinyl the songs’ take on how the things we used to know and value have been commodified, boxed and diced is striking a minor chord. CBC will be performing this song on the night along with other cuts from the album and his 2011 EP Natural Selection.

Natural Selection features five history ballads written with fraction too much fiction:
History for Dummies – about the little known visit to Sydney and outback NSW by the European princeling and marsupial fancier who was better known as Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

The day the Greycliffe went down – a spin on the 1927 ferry disaster when 40 people, mostly Watson’s Bay residents lost their lives.

Tilly and Kate - the tale of two crime matriarchs who carved up east Sydney’s vice trade between the 1920s and the 1960s.

The Famous Bumper Farrell – the story of Sydney’s toughest ever policeman who ruled the roost in Kings Cross and Darlinghurst for nearly 40 years.

He stopped Sydney – when Wally Mellish did his block in 1968 he sparked the first ever live to air siege and almost brought Sydney to a standstill.

(photo supplied)

Craig @BMC's Folk-us night, October 1987 (Mulga Wire no. 63, p.12, Oct 1987)
Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session

usually 2nd Fridays, 7.30 for 8pm start - evening ends 11.30
$10, bring a contribution for supper  

Bush Music Club  
Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Road , Marrickville 

enquiries Sandra 9358 4886

Map of Addison Road Centre

Duke's place, named after our honoured early member Harold 'Duke' Tritton (1886-1965), is the place to go once a month for a great night of Australian songs in concert and session. Duke was a powerful singer who supplied BMC with many songs he had learnt in his younger days while working as a shearer and at other bush jobs. He was also a songwriter and poet giving us songs that have entered the tradition such as Sandy Hollow Line and Shearing in the Bar.

Duke Tritton drawing by Hottie Lahm, 1959


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