Wednesday, 30 December 2020

From the Archives - the Songs of Reedy River as listed in the 1954, 1960, 1966 & 1979 songbooks

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Reedy River publications in our Library

Diaphon presents Selections from Reedy River - excerpts from the Sydney production, with the original cast - and their soloists - Milton Moore, Cecil Grevas (Grivas) and Jack Barry (Barrie) 

9 songs -  Click go the Shears, Eumeralla Shore, Four Little Johnny Cakes (Cec. Grevas soloist), Reedy River, Old Black Billy (Cec Grevas soloist),  Banks of the Condamine, Reedy Lagoon, Ballad of '91, Widgeegoweera Joe (Jack Barry Soloist) 

All songs books have the same cover.

1954, 1960 & 1966 song books listed the same songs

1979 Songbook added one song 

Tables created by Bob Bolton


Ballad  of 1891  

words -  ... In 1950 Helen Palmer wrote this poem which was set to music by Doreen Jacobs and was soon taken up by Australian workers facing a new spate of anti-union legislation from the Menzies Liberal government. The song became central to New Theatre's production of Dick Diamond's play "Reedy River" that opened in 1953. ... 

Video - Bill Berry, an early BMC member  

Bill Berry on Wikipedia - ...   he performed with John Meredith and the Heathcote Bushwhackers, before they became simply "The Bushwhackers" ...  An oral history of his life and work has been recorded by folklorist Alex Hood

pages 4 & 5 from 1954 Reedy River Song Book 

Banks of the Condamine 

Bandicoot Ballads - no. 2, 1952.


Video - Bill Berry singing 

By The Eumerella Shore  

words & audio  

Click go the Shears    

Fran Shaw Collection - Colonial Ballads, Dec 1956

words from Twentieth Century Magazine, Dr Percy Jones    

Video - Bill Berry  

Four Little Johnny Cakes   


Video - Bill Berry 
Lazy Harry's   


Video - Raymond Crooke
My Old Black Billy 

From the Archives - How the "anonymous folk song" My Old Black Billy came to be in Reedy River

words by Edward Harrington 

Maritime Union of Australia 1956 movie with Cecil Grivas singing 
Reedy Lagoon  

Fran Shaw Collection, undated Bush Music Club songheet, words - On The Banks Of The Reedy Lagoon, 1893

words as sung by Danny Spooner 

Video  -  Lionel Long
Reedy River

Bush Music Club Broadsheet (undated)  

video & words  - Chris Kempster singing 
Wake Up, Landlord lyrics, Dick Diamond, music Charles Allen  


email from Alex Hood, Dec 2020 ... it was a structural part of the play & it didn't stand alone as a song.  Apart from being in the play no-one would sing it.

Widgegoweera Joe    

Bandicoot Ballads, no. 11, 1952

Audio and words  - John Thompson 

Wild Rover No More 

Fran Shaw Songsheets - 13th Dec 1957.

words - 

Video  - Burl Ives who excludes 4th & 5th verses

The Springtime it Brings on the Shearing


video - Lionel Long singing

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