The Bushwackers & Bullockies Bush Band – The Shearer’s Dream
This is the very first album from Australia’s most famous folk/bush band, The Bushwackers with Dave Isom, guitar & banjo; Mick Slocum, accordion & concertina; Dobe Newton, lagerphone & tin whistle; Tony Hunt, fiddle & banjo; and Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky, bush bass, spoons & bodhran mouth organ. All sing.
Recorded in 1974 and originally issued on vinyl, it’s re-mastered but still retains its original energy and feel. Fourteen tracks, mainly traditional Australian bush songs with Irish instrumentals, it’s up-tempo in true Bushwackers style, but also with recitations and ballads; one, Jim Jones, with melody written by Mick Slocum, was even covered by Bob Dylan.
Both CD and download come with a 24-page booklet of photos, posters, memorabilia and story of the band written by band member Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky and designed by Geoff Hocking.
1 South Australia (Trad.) 2:46
3 The Maranoa Drovers (Trad.) 3:24
6 Drops of Brandy (Trad.) 2:34
7 The Ryebuck Shearer (Trad.) 3:35
9 Holy Dan (Trad.) 2:13
10 Bullocky Oh (Trad.) 2:51
11 Jim Jones (Trad/Slocum) 3:50
12 The Bush Girl (Lawson/Kempster) 3:46
13 Dennis O’Rielly (Trad.) 4:09
14 The Shearer’s Dream (Trad.) 6:41
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