Vale Doug Ralph
(See bottom of page for interviews & eulogy)
For TEACHERS interested in my Australian history incursions – shows & workshops – read this first, or for individual presentations go straight to the right sidebar. If you want something tailor made for your class please contact to discuss (email / 0417 332 065).
For other GIGS & BOOKINGS please email email@example.com or phone – 0417 332 065 – and we can talk. There’s me doing my signature story, music and song mix and also three storytelling theatre shows available:
Canakkale. Gallipoli. Lest We Forget (Turkish-Australian Gallipoli story)
Bilarni (my portrayal of Northern Territory legend, W.E. (Bill) Harney
William Murrungurk Buckley: The Go-Between (story of a convict who ‘went black’ and came back)
Plus a family and kids show.
And, if you please, join my monthly EMAIL NEWSLETTER for all the info and bumph (guaranteed I don’t bombard you).
For CDs & BOOKS go straight to my shop.
You can go here to view my series of MONSTER MEETING INTERVIEWS re this seminal gold rush event.
For the guided AUDIO TOURS OF THE VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS, you can download the MP3s.
And to introduce myself:
I call myself a Storyteller Musician, and work on stage, produce radio features, write books and audio tours and produce CDs and events. But whatever the ‘platform’ I’m either telling a tale or playing music or most likely both.
The instruments I play are old style 5-string banjo, harmonica, bodhran, spoons, rhythm bones and a bit of ukelele (doesn’t everyone these days?).
The material I do ranges from history tales, folk songs, originals tales about weird and wonderful happenings from my travels, here or overseas, my own songs about people I meet – with a particular eye for the story of black-white relationships in Australia.
I do a lot of cross-cultural work, with Indigenous Australians, Turks and others, telling our mutual stories.
Like many Australian artists I run the gamut of the long-running identity issues that are part of being here. So, I stick to the good stuff – yarns with depth, humour and universal appeal – and (no offence meant) if you’re after that G’day G’day Aussie Aussie Aussie type of ‘Straliana, or nationalistic sentimentality, I’m not your man.
My home is Castlemaine, the most diverse mono-cultural town in Victoria, 120 ks from Melbourne. It’s traditional Dja Dja Wurrung country, gold rush country, an arts town, an engineering town, with a mix of old country folk and ‘latte swilling blow-ins’.
Love to hear from you.
Vale Doug Ralph
10 July 1948 – 24 February 2015
Well known, loved and respected Castlemaine man Doug Ralph died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday 24 February. There will be a community celebration of Doug’s life in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens from 12pm on Saturday 7 March. Bring your own picnic, and if you wish, something to say or a story to share.
Eulogy from his funeral:
Doug Ralph Eulogy
This interview is from 2007, when Doug took me to a special place out near Golden Point Rd, and recorded his memories, thoughts and feeling about this country where he was born and lived his life.
Also, Doug’s filmed interview as part of the Monster Meeting Interviews is well worth watching for his views on the gold rush and his activism with the Monster Meeting.