Tuesday 1 March 2022

Extracts from Singabout - The early songwriters - the worker-poets and musicians

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The Bush Music Club published many new songs & poems in Singabout, Journal of Australian Folk Song (1956 - 1967 )


Singabout, 1(1), Summer 1956, page 19 - Aims of the Bush Music Club ... To popularise Australian  folk song, and to  encourage the composition  of a new kind of folk song one that  is traditional in style  but contemporary in theme ... 
We are no longer a nation of shearers and drovers. The majority of workers are now employed in industry, and that is where we must look for our new kind of song - the  modern Australian folk song - the industrial ballad.
Miners, seamen and wharfies have already shown themselves capable of producing songs that reflect the realities of their lives and work. Soon we hope to print songs by truck-drivers, riggers, fitters, bricklayers,  and carpenters, and you - our readers - are the 
people we expect to provide them ...

List of New Songs in Singabout (from a spreadsheet compiled by Sue Brian, 2019) 

Some only wrote one or 2 known songs,
 others kept writing - 

Joe Daly  The man from Moonbibary station, Hungerford, on the NSW/Qld border. (1927-2005, bushman, drover, poet, songwriter) who wrote over 50 songs  
Merv Lilley - seaman

David Martin - journalist at the time he contributed to Singabout

Wally Goodbody - fisherman
Chris Kempster - apprentice electrician
Mick Lawson - miner
Stephen Spain - 11 year old musician, son of songwriter Ron Spain, brother of Beren Spain, musician 
Jim Mann - time payment salesman, father of Jennifer & descendent of Thomas Mann
Jennifer Mann - 16 year old musician, student
Laurie Cooper - sleeper cutter? or timber worker
Trevor Rose - station hand
Victor Williams - wharfy, WA. 


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