Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 4(2), May 1961

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1.   Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  artist not named

2.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  NEWS AND VIEWS. Editorial - The Victorian Bush Music Club and the Folk Lore Society of Victoria have always been co-operative in contributing material to SINGABOUT. In this issue we make a special feature of some of their work ... Simon McDonald ... field work being done by F.L.S.V ... Gippsland, Shepparton, Omeo and Dargo ... 
GUMSUCKERS' GAZETTE - It's nice to se the two Victorian organisations working together so well (something we couldn't manage in to do in Sydney).Their latest combined effort in an 8 page monthly journal ... available from Victorian Bush Music Club. The Bush Music Club in Sydney now issues a  newsletter also.   (contd. page 20)  INDEX

3.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  THE LOST SAILOR, sung by Simon McDonald of Creswick, Vic. and collected in 1957 by N. O'Connor & H. Pearce of the Folk Lore Society of Victoria. 

4.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  The Songs of Simon McDonald of Creswick. Simon McDonald is a woodcutter and gold prospector. His family were among the earliest settlers in the district, his great-grandfather J. Gannon coming out from Ireland about 1850 ...  Some six or seven of his songs will be included in a disc being brought out by Wattle Records, in conjunction with the Folk Lore Society of Victoria, of traditional singers from Victoria.

5.   Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  Simon McDonald  (cont) Ad for NORTH AUSTRALIAN MONTHLY. Ad for Melodia and HOHNER Bush Accordions.  TUESDAY NIGHT IS WORKSHOP NIGHT at the BUSH MUSIC CLUB. 
 
6.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  THE OLD MAN KANGAROO, sung by Simon McDonald of Creswick, Vic. and collected by N. O'Connor & H. Pearce of the Folk Lore Society of Victoria in 1957. 

7.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  THE ROUSEABOUT. Sent to us by the Folk Lore Society of Victoria, with this note  "From Mrs Alma Burge, 100 Jubilee St, Dubbo, NSW. An old shearer passed it on to her husband some years ago. By courtesy of Bill Wannan who printed two verses in Australasian Post."  ON A LONELY WESTERN STATION. Irene Cameron of West Wallsend is looking for the rest of this ballad. Can any reader help? 

8.   Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  NEW DISCS - Queensland Centenary Record (Wattle C9) ...13 items all collected in Queensland, and played and sung by the BANDICOOTS CONCERT PARTY and the MORTON BAY BUSHWHACKERS ... (A.S.)  Songs of Early Victoria.  This is a 7" 45-rpm from OPAL in Melbourne and features the BILLABONG BAND  in what will probably be regarded in the future as a landmark in the performance of Australian folk songs ... (A.S.)  Canada's Story in Song by Edith Fowke and Alan Mills ... Published by W.J. Gage Ltd, Toronto. (book) Let me say at the onset this is a beauty. 

9.   Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  NEW BOOKS -  Canada's Story in Song cont (A.S.) The Colonial Minstrel by Hugh Anderson (Cheshire, Melbourne, 30/-) ... biography of Charles Thatcher ... The Thatcher songs, many of which are quoted in full ... (J.M.)
 
10.   Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 - WHEN JONES'S ALE WAS NEW As sung by Simon McDonald of Creswick, Vic. and collected by N. O'Connor & H. Pearce of the Folk Lore Society of Victoria in 1960. 

11.    Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 - WHEN JONES'S ALE WAS NEW (cont) 

12.    Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 - THE GOLDEN VANITY Sung by Simon McDonald of Creswick, Vic. 1957-1960. Collected by N. O'Connor & H. Pearce of the Folk Lore Society of Victoria.

13.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  THE GOLDEN VANITY (cont)

14.   Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  COLLECTOR'S NOTEBOOK The Hat Ned Kelly Wore. Alan Scott collected this interesting fragment ... from the singing of Mr A. Argus of Gumly Gumly, NSW.  The Pub with no Dike. We print this song by public demand! To our knowledge it was first published in the N.A.P.S.A. Song Book which was compiled by Peter Hickey and Kevin Power. 

15.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  The Pub with no Dike. (cont)  The Big Fish in Brisbane Waters. "Ironbark" of Ettalong, who gave us this ballad of his own writing, said that if he'd  caught the famous bream of Anson's Bay he'd have thrown it back as undersized! This will fit to quite a few bush ballad tunes if you want to sing it. You try!

16.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  RECITER'S CORNER. The Bristol Rat. Matt O'Connor, from out at Border Fence, has sent us some good ones from time to time, but we think this is about his best so far.

17.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 - The Bristol Rat. (cont) 

18.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  What Bill Lewis Told his Grandson  from John Manifold  in his forthcoming book, Nightmares and Sunhorses (Overland, 15/-)

19.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  The Maid and the Magpie as sung by the late "Hoopiron" Jack Lee of Auburn, NSW.

20.  Singabout, Volume 4(2), May 1961 -  NEWS AND VIEWS (cont from page 2) University Song Books. These items are always keenly sought after by singers ... University of New South Wales Song Book & National Association of Pharmaceutical Students of Australia Song Book is wisely known as NAPSA, compiled by Peter Hickey and Kevin Power. VIVE LA CANADIENNE (TOPIC record) by Perry Friedman, available from Wattle Records. SINGABOUT Edited and produced by John Meredith, Alan Scott and Brian  Loughlin.  

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