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Bush Music Festivals from 1979 to 1993 included Song, Tune, Verse & Dance competitions. Categories changed over the years, & not all winning entires were published, sometimes winning entries were not even named!
The winner of the Dance competition was the New Parliament House Jig by John Coleville, & was published in MW 23, Feb 1981.
The first Songwriters competition was held this year with three categories - Original words & music, New words, old tune & New tune, old words, but results were not published. (MW 27, Oct 81)
The Song Competition was won by Denis Kevans who put music to John O'Brien's Riderless horse. This was the only prize awarded. (MW 34, Dec 82)
Song, Tune & Verse competitions attracted 67 entries (MW 40, Dec 83)
New words, old tune - Bottom of the Harbour by John Quiggen (MW 40, Dec 83)
New Tune, old words - In the Days of 84 tune by John Broomhall, words Bedford (MW 40, Dec 83)
Dance tune or air - Eggs & bacon by Ritchie Howett (MW 40, Dec 83)
Verse - Jack's mate by Marion Downer (not published)
Popular Bush Dance - no results
New words, old tune - tie - The Collectors by Denis Kevans & Bobby I hardly knew you by John Quiggen - neither published
New Tune, old words - Do you think that I do not know? by Chris Kempster, words Lawson. (words & music MW 53, Feb 86)
Dance tune or air - Shearing the Sheep by Pam Merrigan
Original song - Sons of the Father by Paul Hemphill
Highly commended - The Selector's Wife by Trish Noakes - MW 59, Feb 1986
New words, old tune - The Robot Shearer by Alan Foster (MW 59, Feb 87)
New tune, old words - Winner - The Good Old Concertina by Bob Bolton, words Lawson - not published
Dance tune or air - I'll show you the bush by Bob Buckley, not published
Special mention - Chris Brady's Reel by Patricia Early, not published
Popular bush dance - Karen's Farewell by Michael Waters (MW 65, Feb 88)
General bush dance - Nerina, Nerina by Michael Waters (MW 70, Dec 88)
Beginner's Dance - Jenni's jig, by Jenni Stock & Colin Fong (MW 76, Dec 89)
& Macquarie Harbour by Andrew Copeman - neither published
Multi figure quadrille - Misty Mountain Quadrille by Alison Lee - not published
BMC's Ruby Jubilee was celebrated at Australian Pioneer Village & included Competitions according to this poster, but there was no mention of any competitions in the Festival reports.
2004 Golden Jubilee
Poetry competition winner - Blue Ocean True by Penelope Grace, Mulga Wire 166, Dec 2004
2005 Dance competition
on a railway theme - winner was Railway Polka by John Short.
Highly commended - John Short's Railway Waltz created to accompany the arrangement of Paling's tune published MW no.167, Feb 2005
|Mulga Wire no. 168, April 2005|
2014 Diamond Jubilee winners
Time goes by, how the years they fly
And fashions may come and may go
But as long as there’s music, as long as there’s dance
The Reedy River still flows
The Reedy River still flows
In the far distant times of the Dreaming
When people first walked this land
There was music and dancing to sing up the spirits
To bring us together, every woman and man
And from far distant lands others came
And still come to our bounteous shores
They bring stories and songs that tell who we are
And we dance round the room as did others before
In far distant places through the bush of Australia
The song catchers tirelessly roamed
Collecting the stories and tunes of our country
Collecting the dances, the songs and the poems
So let’s sing songs of those come before us
And let’s strike up the fiddle and bow
And let’s dance till we drop, and then sing one more chorus
So the River of Music still flows
Hi SandraI'm absolutely delighted. I really appreciate the BMC running this project. For me it was a great catalyst for reflecting on the Australian folk music tradition and folk revival and what it means in our culture as well as in my life.I'm really pleased with the song I wrote, which I have now dipped into the that flowing Reedy River, hopefully adding to that tradition, keeping it strong and, like a river, constantly renewing.
Thanks to the BMC for making that happen - all power to you.
Verse - Australian Dreaming by Stephen Whiteside
You talk of old Australia, with the flooding rain and drought;
Of the shearer, of the drover; of the cook, the rouseabout;
You talk of paddle steamer, or of bullock team and dray;
It’s the noisy, smoggy city where we congregate today.
You talk of red Australia, and the hulking Uluru;
Of the emu and the brolga, of the bounding kangaroo;
You talk of Kata Tjuta, like a buried monster’s spine.
It’s in the boutique restaurants we like to meet and dine.
You talk of white Australia, and the mountains capped with snow,
Where only hardy currawongs and wombats care to go;
Or hibernating possums fast asleep beneath a drift.
We like a bright skyscraper with a fast ascending lift.
You talk of blue Australia, with its narrow rim of sand,
Where breaching humpback whales provide performances so grand;
Whale sharks up at Ningaloo, or dolphins in the surf.
The bitumen and footpath offer more familiar turf.
You talk of green Australia, with the moss, the ferns, the trees;
The dew drops in the morning, and the cool and healing breeze;
The nesting cassowaries, or the stealthy thylacine,
But we prefer the steady purr of petrol-fuelled machine.
We don’t think of Australia as we make our busy way
Through the surging hordes and traffic of another hectic day.
“No room for sentiment,” we say, but all’s not as it seems.
Australia comes, with scented gums, and greets us in our dreams.
© Stephen Whiteside 07.11.2013
Tune - Yabby Catcher by Maggie Somerville.
Dance competition winners (MW 226, Dec 2014)
General Bush Dance - Bimsey Flyer by John Short
Dancer's dance - Harbour Bridge Quadrille by Keith Wood
Highly commended - Duke's Jig by John Short
Multi figure quadrille - The Mulga Quadrille by John Short