Burl IvesAustralian Folk Songs

Label:Decca – DL 8749
Vinyl, LP, Mono
Genre:Folk, World, & Country


1Wild Rover No More2:20
2Click Go The Shears4:25
3The Wild Colonial Boy2:17
4A Nautical Yarn2:10
5Across The Western Plains I Must Wander2:05
6Waltzing Matilda (The Jolly Swagman's Song)2:20
1Oh! The Springtime, It Brings On The Shearing1:43
2The Station Cook1:44
3The Dying Stockman3:57
4Botany Bay3:27
5The Old Bullock Dray2:57
6The Stockman's Last Bed3:31

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About This Album:
In 1952 when Burl Ives was invited by the Australia Broadcasting Commission to do a concert tour he had been told there was one Australia folk song and, that this was "Waltzing Matilda." On his arrival-he made a radio address to the Australian people;, the burden of which was that in a country of such vitality, based on English, Scotch and Welsh ancestry, there must be a living folk-song heritage. Both he and the Australian Broadcasting Commission were inundated with thousands of letters and copies of songs.
Many of these songs were versions of old British ballads, some -like the British ballads which Cecil Sharpe had found in our own Appalachian Mountains were versions not now extant in Great Britain. Put among these ballads were, hundreds of songs about Australia and Australian life. Like "Waltzing Matilda" and like folk songs anywhere, they reflected the life and attitudes of the people of their origin, Australia. Some were new verses applied to traditional melodies, some were in traditional verse form with a new content and a new melody. In every case the songs, like our ("Vii American folk songs, showed a vitality that reflected what Mr. Ives had said over the Australian airwave,:, "'A vital people are a singing people, and a vital people have experiences out of which musical expression will come; This musical expression will be sung and it will express the truth and it will live and become a folk song. I am waiting to hear the folk songs of Australia."
At the same time Mr. Ives met Dr. Percy Jones of the Melbourne Conservatory of Music, who had been collecting
Australian folk songs in much the same way as John A. Lomax had been collecting in the United States. In collaboration with Dr. Jones, Mr. Ives issued a book of Australian folk songs based on the material which they had found together. Before leaving Australia he did an album of songs for the Australian people. These songs had never been released in the United States until now.
On the Australian folk song album it said, "not only will these songs delight folk song enthusiasts in Australia but in their fine simplicity they will also contribute greatly toward strengthening good will and understanding between us and our fellowmen in distant lands. The easy going nature of the people and the timelessness of our country can be heard in these songs as they are brought to life by the inimitable Burl Ives."
About The Songs:
They say in Australia that Mr. Ives' triumphant tour was the beginning of a revival of long overdue interest in Australian historical song research. Whether Mr. Ives began, or was"only a catalyst to the revival of interest
in Australian folk songs, it is now a fact that after Mr. Ives left Australia there was a revival of folk song interest that parallels our revival here in the United Slates.
Out of the wealth of Australian folk songs, Mr. Ives has selected those which he feels are excellent songs in themselves and which like all good folk songs reflect Australia and make you feel the country for what it is. The ballads in this album were handed down by word o( mouth. In the evening after a day's shearing the men would sit around and sing these songs, and, as they "travelled the land" from one sheep station to another following the season, other shearers would listen and pick up the tune and words. It happened much as cowboy songs travelled in our own west.
These songs were not intended for the concert hall. They were written to pass away hours in the stifling heat of the shearing shed, or for the "bullocky" with a long road ahead and slow team to travel, or for the boundary rider with weeks of no company but his own.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: MG6296T1
  • Mastering SID Code: MG6297T1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Australian Folk Songs (LP, Styrene)DeccaDL 8749US1959
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Australian Folk Songs (LP, Stereo)Summit (10)SRA 250-522AustraliaUnknown
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Australian Folk Songs (LP, Album)DeccaDL 8749USUnknown




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