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Australia: Music from the New England Tablelands of New South Wales, 1850–1900

Various Artists
Australia: Music from the New England Tablelands of New South Wales, 1850–1900

Australia: Music from the New England Tablelands of New South Wales, 1850–1900 represents a reconstruction of traditional Australian New England music, known as “bush music,” from the second half of the 19th century. The material for the album was drawn from fieldwork gathered by researchers between 1983 and 1990, and only songs that could be traced back to 1850–1900 were included.

The music, all of English, Irish, Scottish, and other European origins, includes solo and ensemble performances ranging from hunting songs to dance songs to hymns. The songs were an important part of the social life of Australian New Englanders before the turn of the century; musicians, audience, and dancers participated together, and community was favored over virtuosity. The main instruments featured on the album and of that historical time period are fiddle, button accordion, mouth organ, and the Anglo system concertina.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
Bruce Smith's Set Tune Mark Rummery 1:43
102
Mazurkas: Ben Cherry's / Alice Doran's / Mick Pitkin's Mark Rummery, Cathy Ovenden, Chris Sullivan, Barry McDonald 2:49
103
The Lad from Erin's Isle Mark Rummery, Cathy Ovenden, Chris Sullivan, Barry McDonald 1:55
104
Polkas: Pop Holland's / Bruce Smith's / Jim Lowe's Mark Rummery, Barry McDonald, Rob Beasley 1:54
105
Dingo Flat Mark Rummery, Cathy Ovenden, Chris Sullivan, Barry McDonald 3:38
106
Set Tunes: Ben Cherry's / Wait Till The Clouds Roll By, Jenny Dear Mark Rummery, Cathy Ovenden, Barry McDonald 3:32
107
Georgie Sands Mark Rummery, Cathy Ovenden, Chris Sullivan, Barry McDonald 2:36
108
Ben Cherry's Schottisches Mark Rummery, Barry McDonald 2:50
109
Johnny Lad Barry McDonald, Mark Rummery 5:26
110
Jigs: Chase Me Charley / Richard Ferris' / Jim Lowe's Mark Rummery, Chris Sullivan, Barry McDonald 2:06
111
Thunderbolt's Dream Mark Rummery, Barry McDonald 2:47
112
Step Tunes: Arnie Berger's / Have You Ever Seen the Devil? / Victor Cherry's / Alf Cosgrove's Mark Rummery, Cathy Ovenden, Chris Sullivan, Barry McDonald 4:27
113
Barbara Allen Barry McDonald 4:18
114
Waltzes: Watson's Creek Waltz / Pearl Browning's Mark Rummery, Barry McDonald, Theresa Nano 2:29
115
William Grimes The Drover Mark Rummery, Cathy Ovenden 2:38
116
Step Tunes: Mick McGarryís Jigs / The Bullshit Over The Calf Pen Mark Rummery, Cathy Ovenden, Chris Sullivan, Barry McDonald 3:46
117
My Name Is Alma Chandler / Merry-Go-Round Waltz Mark Rummery, Barry McDonald, Theresa Nano, Cathy Ovenden 3:56
118
Schottisches: Jim Lowe's / Steve Harte's / Sam Looker's Mark Rummery, Cathy Ovenden, Chris Sullivan, Barry McDonald 3:55
119
Mouth-organ Medley: Why Did My Master Sell Me? / Starry Night For A Ramble / O God Of Love Jim Lowe, May Lowe, Mark Rummery, Barry McDonald 5:05
120
O God Of Love / Reprise Barry McDonald, Graeme "Fritz" Kreusler, Jim Lowe 3:04

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