Monday 31 August 2020

Screenshots from the 7th John Dengate Memorial Zoom Get together, August 2020

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Video of the Get Together
   Playlist  of all the videos shared during the ZOOM session

As always, Max Elbourne was MC

2.   Organiser Leyne Elbourne, fan of John's since she was 5.

3.  Introduction by Dale Dengate

4.  John was present

5. Luce, Dale's technical support

5.  Lachy's band, The Swinging Arms, was socially distanced

6.  Noel Gardner from Malaney with They Call me Scomo. Noel won 2018 Dale & John Dengate Parody Competition, Illawarra Folk Festival

7.  Chloe & Jason Roweth

8.   Megan Roweth's contribution - John's poem No Political Songs

9.   Mary-jane Field

10.  Mike Martin's video contribution

11.  Mike in person  (winner of 2015 Illawarra parody competition)


13.  Ian McDougall from Canberra (normally Galargambone) with Lawson's Outside Track

14. Doug Jenner's video from France - Sporting Suicide- see the playlist for Doug & Nancy Kerr performing a bonus track -  Song of Childhood

15.   Tony Smith - poem Man from Forest Grove by Banjo Dengate

16.  Tony, ComradeSirBigRuss & Ian

17.  Johnny Clough by video - still

18.  something went wrong with the video

19.  Chris Maltby with the updated Jobseekers Package

20.  John's grandson Cal with Fleetwood Mac's Big Love.


22.  Bruce & Jill Watson from Melbourne - Bruce's contribution to the 1998 Woodford Debate - Is John Dengate a traitor to Coopers? (Guinness was Woodford's sponsor!)


24. Seamus Gill from Canberra with Mr Murdoch

25. Miguel Heatwole with the Costello Song

26. Margaret Bradford - Train to Lidcombe

26.  Chris Clark (Canberra) with the Shiny Bums version of I can't abide - I Can't Abide this Mob Either.

27. Dave Moir

28.  John Warner

29. Robin reciting The Brick & the Old Trout

30.  John Warner & Robin Connaughton, the Ten Quid Poms sang Song of the Sheetmetal Worker.

31. Video from Martin & Lyn Doherty - The Water is Wide

32. Sean Dengate with Wuhan Market

33. Max reciting Lanes of Woolloomooloo

34. BigRuss reciting a pome about Kiwis not being able to pronounce six!

35. Daniel Kelly sang his one of his compositions, about the police raid on the ABC.

36.  Alan Wright sang Liberal Leadership

37.  Video from Paddy -  F111 by Lyall Sayer which John used to sing, which led to a discussion about Rebel Chorus - cassette & LP!

38. Cathy owns the cassette


40.  and Gerry owns the LP, & neither can play their trophies!

41.  and Margaret Bradford own another iconic LP - I called him A Worship, Your Bastard, the joint effort of Denis Kevans & John Dengate

42. Chloe & Jason sang Bill from Erskineville

43. Dale finished the concert with John's song about his mother

44. Dale singing Barelegged Kate

Good to see early members Frank & Ann Maher, & Silvia & Tom Salisbury.

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Saturday 29 August 2020

Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 3(1), Summer 1958

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1.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - Concert Party - Peter Francis, Jamie Carlin, Gay Terrie, Lorna Lovell, John Meredith. Alan Scott.

2.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - FROM THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG. With regular monotony we read in the columns of OVERLAND, THE BULLETIN and many other journals that the ballad as an artform is out-dated; that Harrington is the last of the ballad writers and when he is dead  and gone the ballad as a living medium of expression will disappear too ... The reason we see so few ballads these days is because the "literary" journals have closed their columns to present day balladists ... If you have knocked about the bush at all, you will know there are literally thousands of Australians, both young and old who delight in setting down anecdotes and accounts of present day events in ballad form. Blokes like station hand Matt O'Connor of Wilcannia, sideshow operator Trevor Rose and his father from Maitland, wharf labourer Jim Hogan of Townsville, pastoralists Dud Mills from Mudgee and Tom Quilty of The Kimberleys just to mention a few. ... we have enlarged SINGABOUT by 4 pages; an extra page of letters from readers,and 3 pages for contributed ballads and yarns.  THE GUM TREE CANOE ...  found in MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD by Jas. L. Mursell and others (Silver Burdett Co, 1956) about the Tombigbee River in America, letter cont. on  p.19.  INDEX

3.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 -  Never trust a sailor . Recorded by Alan Scott from the singing of his older brother Bill who learned when he was in the Royal Australian Navy during the early 1940's. Another version appeared in SING (London) April/May 1958 under the title THE OAK AND THE ASH.

4.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - THE HOHNER HARMONETTA by Emil Feil.

5.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - THE HOHNER HARMONETTA (cont)

6.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - Joe Cashmere's version of WILD ROVER.

7.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - A new song with words and music by J.Scott - THE NEVER-NEVER PLAN.

8.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - NEW BOOKS AND RECORDS. The North Australian Monthly.  ON RECORD  -  Click go the Shearers (HMV)  sung by American William Clauson.  Traditional Australian Bush Songs (Festival), sung by the Bush Music Club. 

9.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - Click go the Shearers (HMV)  sung by American William Clauson.  Traditional Australian Bush Songs (Festival), sung by the Bush Music Club.   (cont)  THE BILLABONG BAND.  BRISBANE NOTES.

10.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - The Songs of LANCE SKULTHORPE - Paddy Sheahan supplied by Dr Russel Ward, collected from Mrs Madge Laver, Lance's daughter.
11.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - Paddy Sheahan (cont)   THE DYING  STOCKMAN collected by editor from Mrs Laver

12.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - THE KOOKABURRA LAUGHED A new song with words and music by Stan Wakefield

13.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - HOW WOULD YOU BE - recitation, Reprinted by kind permission from OVERLAND.

14.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - AUSTRALIAN BALLADS Definitely Barred by Merv Lilley, Sydney.  MALONEY'S COCKATOO 

15.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - MALONEY'S COCKATOO, from the collection of Matt O'Connor, Wilcannia  (cont).  LUCINDA CLOSING DOWN by Jim Hogan, Townsville

16.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - MICK PILLEY, Mudgee, NSW learned to play the fiddle from his father ... who was taught by a goldfields identity named "Charlie the Fiddler"  ...
CYRIL ABBOTT, Mudgee, NSW plays a dulcimer-like instrument made from a kerosene tin, a broom stick and steel guitar strings tuned in unison, stopped with a steel, and plucked with a plectrum.
SALLY SLOANE, Teralba, NSW, needs no introduction to Singabout readers. However not many people know she is an adapt performer on the mouth-organ and jews harp, in addition to fiddle and accordion.
DAVID KELLY, Lithgow, NSW, plays the Northumbrian small pipes ... While working in Newcastle on Tyne, David learned the small pipes from that veteran player, Jack Armstrong, who also made the set of pipes ...

17.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - "Beachcomber" orchestrations by Hans Zupfgeige. (Queensland Ballad night)

18.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - The Drover's Dream. Alan Scott recorded this version from the singing of Charlie Phillips, of Warrawong in the Port  Kembla district of N.S.W.

19.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - FROM THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG (cont) Letter re GUM TREE CANOE (cont) from Frank Pitt, Box Hill, Victoria.  Variant verse for OLD T.I. & parody from the Depression days collected from Mr J. Bates, a ship's fireman sung I'M SPENDING MY DAYS IN THE DOSS HOUSE, to the tune of My bonnie lies over the ocean, both submitted by Merv Lilley, Yeppoon, Q'land.

20.  Singabout - Volume 3(1), Summer 1958 - AT LAST! SINGABOUT NIGHTS IN MELBOURNE, After marking time for quite a while, the Billabongs are starting to go into action down Melbourne way. The first Singabout Night was such a success that a member of the audience offered her home for the second. With so many new performers attracted to the Billabongs, it won't be long before a Bush Music Club is flourishing down south. 
SYDNEY NEWS - Concert Party recorded four bush ballads for Festival. Sales are promising and look like topping the 1,000 mark by the end of the year.  After a long run at the Esperanto Hall, the Club suddenly found itself without a meeting place. This, because the Main Roads Board demolished the hall to make way for two more lanes over "the bridge." A contract has now been signed with National Fitness, and until the end of the year, we will meet in the gymnasium of Fort Street Girls High School.  The Concert Party plans to invade Gulgong for Anniversary Weekend, when the locals are having a "Back to Gulgong" week to raise funds for a swimming pool. We will be singing and dancing in the streets, performing at a Bullockies Ball and helping in many other ways to recognise the spirit of the Roaring Days.
SINGABOUT edited & produced by John Meredith, Alan Scott, Gay Scott, Gil Small, and Joan Small.  Subsciptions Mrs Scott. Published by Alan Scott.The copyright of all articles and songs printed in SINGABOUT belongs to the contributor and may not be reproduced without his or her permission.