Monday, 17 August 2020

Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956

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1.  Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956 - cover (drawing of Brian Loughlin)

2. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.2 - Contents, Editorial - Will "Singabout" share the fate of the little magazines mentioned in a recent ABC broadcast?  The broadcast stated that of 37 little magazines published ia Australia since 1923, only 5 succeeded in lasting for more than 10 issues - few reached the third, or even the second issue. Although sales have not been up to expectations we are determined that "Singabout" will not share the fate of the little magazines that failed to make the grade.
As a measure of our confidence we are still printing 1,000 copies; as a proof of our confidence we are going to enlarge our next issue by 4 pages; to justify our confidence, you, our readers can build our sales. We feel that the many performers and songwriters who are concerned with the future of songs that are essentially Australian need this magazine.
Finally there is a selling point to remember. "The Bushwhackers" have found that when audiences have heard the songs performed, they will buy "Singabout" by the dozens.
Singabout  - issued quarterly, Editor John Meredith. Orders & subscriptions Karin Grivas. Artwork & Layout Gil Small. Published by Alan Scott.

3. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.3 - The Stranger by John Manifold

4.  Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.4 - Folk Songs and the Festival by E. Lancaster

5.  Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.5 - Mrs. Beth Schurr is a young Sydney folk singer whose first record will be released this month by Wattle.   Mailbag - letter from David Martin about Lament for the Gordons, continued on p.18.

6. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.6 - Chips off the Old Block The Tricky Sixpence written and sung by Dick Hackett during the recent wharfies' strike. Dick "The Singing Wharfie" is well known to Sydneysiders for his earlier song "Ten and Four". The Tricky Sixpence is sung to the tune of "The Worried Man Blues"   Eight Bells by Merv. Lilley - tune Ring the Bell, Watchman.

7. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.7 - The Cornpicker's Lament words; John Meredith, Air; Lady Munro

8.  Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.8 - New Books - Irish Songs of Resistance by Patrick Galvin, review by E. Lancaster.  Bandicoot Ballads review by J.M. (John Meredith)

9.  Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.9 - The Outlander, Bandicoot Ballad no. 12

10. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.10 - The Hut That's Upside Down as sung by Mrs Byrnes and her brother-in-law Mr. Tom Byrnes of Springside and collected by John Meredith.

11.  Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.11 - A Man of the Earth  words: Jock Graham, Music John Arcott

12. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.12 - The Rabbiter words & music by Stan Wakefield

13. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.13 - The Rabbiter words & music by Stan Wakefield (cont)  Ad for Songs from the Kelly Country, available from the Bush Music Club and most bookshops. 

14. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.14 - Introducing ...  John Manifold ... lives in Queensland where he edits Bandicoot Ballads, instructs the Recorder Group of Qld. Uni. Orchestral Soc., and the Uni. Bush Music Club, plays guitar and recorder with Morton Bay Bushwhackers, is Qld. editor pf OVERLAND and a founder member of Brisbane Realist Writers' Group.  Stephen Spain composed the music for "The station houseboy" written by his father. Stephen is 11 years old ... and hopes to be a musician or a boiler maker, or perhaps both. He also intends to write more songs about Australian life.  Stan Wakefield - Came from England to Australia in 1923 ... 20 years in the bush ... stockman, horse breaker, teamster, gold digger, wattle bark stripper, fencer and shooting rabbits, water rats, kangaroos and foxes ... composed several songs during his travels in the bush, and is represented in this issue by "The Rabbiter"

15. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.15 - The Station Houseboy, words; Ron Spain, music; Stephen Spain

16.  Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.16 - Best foot forward. The Armatree; Brown Jug Polka. This simple, fun-provoking dance was discovered by the Editor while holidaying in the north-west of N.S.W. last Christmas, when he saw it performed at a Boxing night dance at Armatree, near Gulgargambone. It can be danced by couples, or as a progressive community dance. Ad for Wattle Recordings - Beth Schurr (The Green Rushes + Andy's Gone with Cattle) & The Bushwhackers (Nine Miles from Gundagai + The Old Bullock Dray)

17.  Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.17 - Victory at Bowen, words; Ross Tracie, Music;  John Arcott

18. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.18 - Mailbag - cont. letter from David Martin, letter from Gil Small about Lament for the Gordons, letter from Arthur Rudkin re E. Lancaster's letter about unison singing.

19. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.19 - Boulavogue from Irish Songs of Resistance by Patrick Galvin. This tune is used for the Australian Convict ballad "Morton Bay".

20. Singabout, Volume 1(2), Autumn 1956, p.20 - Australia's on the Wallaby. Traditional. Versions of this song have been collected from Cairns and Collinsville, Q; Wallerawang & Surry Hills, N.S.W.; & Yallourne, Vic.  In the Townsville, Q., district, Henry Lawson's "Freedom on the Wallaby" is sung to a variant of the Winton version of this tune.

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