Sunday, 1 September 2019

From the Archives - The Songs They Sang and the Dance Tunes They Played at the Old Time Bush Dances and other Material, Parts One and Two

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The Songs They Sang and the Dance Tunes They Played at the Old Time Bush Dances  Compiled by P. J. Gresser, 1962-1966. The original is a 75 page manuscript in Gresser papers in the State Library of NSW.
A pdf of the Gresser mss, created by Dave Johnson is available in Archives.
On two occasions in 1965 BMC members visited Mr Gresser & Mrs Colley.

The first visit was by Alan Scott & Barbara & George Gibbons, the second by Alan, Jamie Carlin & John Robertson as the first collecting visit had gone well.

Unfortunately Mrs Colley told her relatives about the proposed visit, and some of them gathered in her home, talking & interrupted the recording which was abandoned. See scan no. 14 (page 72 in the mss) for details of the afternoon

In 1970 BMC published A Collector's Songbook by Alan Scott, which included a number of Mrs Colley's songs.  Extracts from the book, including notes on each song are below.

A selection of scans describing this manuscript.


1. Cover of Part 1

2.  Cover of part 1, page 2

3.  Cover of Part 2

4.  Cover of part 2, page 2

5.  Page 1 Introduction

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  Page 2 Introduction  

7.  P
age 3 Introduction

8. P
age 4 Introduction

9.  P
age 5 Index

10.  P
age 6 Index.

11.  Page 7

12.  Page 8

13.  Page 69

14.  Page 70

15.  Page 71

16.   Page 72

17.  Page 73

18.  page 74

19. page 75

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