Dan Worrall Posted January 4, 2014 Share Posted January 4, 2014 Does anyone have any recommendations on recordings of Australian "Bush" style concertina? It appears to be one of the good old basic unschooled styles of harmonic playing, and there's a good website of tunes, but I'm not clear on where to find recordings, particularly for ballads, voice accompaniment, etc. The National Library of Australia has a lot of unpublished recordings of old time Aussie players. I have combed through all of them for my House Dance CD, which also features traditional old time Anglo performers in Ireland, South Africa and England. Standouts in Oz for old time players are George Bennett and Dooley Chapman, but there are others. I don't recall anyone singing with the c., although several of them sing without it. There are also some clips of some of the current players in Australia too in House Dance....but no vocals. You can get that CDRom (digital book and about 200 archival tunes) from the Button Box or from the publisher, Musical Traditions in the UK. I don't know of any comparable comprehensive source of old time bush music available (ditto for Boer music). There are individual CDs for modern performers, of which Dave de Hugard is a favorite of mine. And my good friend Peter Ellis of Bendigo Victoria recently compiled a wonderful album of traditional Bush music recordings of the 1960s and 1970s entitled Music Makes Me Smile....available by written enquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org . I could be surprised, but I don't recall any solo c. with singing on this 2 disc set. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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