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CD cover notes: The Never Never Land

Posted in Music & Song by Ian MacDougall on March 4, 2010

THE NEVER NEVER LAND – songs of Henry Lawson   ((c) Ian MacDougall, 1984)

 As set to music and sung by Ian MacDougall

THE TRACKS we have travelled

 If you have the CD but not the cover notes, well then here they are. If you don’t have the CD, well at least you can get an idea of what you are missing. If you want a copy of the CD to go with these notes, drop me an email at charlie.honk@live.com and we’ll see what we can do. I keep stocks low, so there may be a short wait while new CDs are made.

 01. The Old Bark School                                            5:11

02. The Never Never Land                                         5:18                

03. The Lights of Cobb and Co.                                  4:57

04. Down the River                                                     3:47

05. The Bush Dance (from the short story;

      The Fox Hunters [trad.]/ St. Anne’s Reel [trad.])         4:32

06. The Roaring Days/The Wild Colonial Boy [trad.]  5:10

07. Andy’s Gone With Cattle                                      3:04

08. I’m a Rebel Too                                                    3:18

09. The Days When the World was Wide                   6:43

10. The Flash Stockman [trad.]/ Shearers                 4:45

 

Henry Lawson (1867-1922)

 Though he rarely held an Australian fiver in his hands during his whole lifetime, his face appears on its modern equivalent, the ten dollar note. This is because he is to this day the nation’s most popular story teller. Indeed, his short stories are to Australia’s literature what Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales are to England’s: a heady brew of characters and situations drawn from a crucial period in the nation’s development that often bubbles over with its humour, detail and wisdom.

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CD cover notes: The Campfire Song

Posted in Music & Song by Ian MacDougall on March 3, 2010

THE CAMPFIRE SONG                 Ian MacDougall

THE TRACKS we have travelled

 If you have the CD but not the cover notes, well then here they are. If you don’t have the CD, well at least you can get an idea of what you are missing. If you want a copy of the CD to go with these notes, drop me an email at charlie.honk@live.com and we’ll see what we can do. I keep stocks low, so there may be a short wait while new CDs are made.

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The Loaded Dog

Posted in Uncategorized by Ian MacDougall on February 26, 2012

The Loaded Dog is an outstanding bush band, based around Perth, WA.  Actually, if the truth be known, it is the best band in the country at the moment playing in the bush music genre.

While googling for a download of the words of Henry Lawson’s The Never Never Land, for the purposes of making a fresh recording, I discovered their  CD Dusty Gravel Road.  I think theirs is the only rendition on the Web of my setting of Lawson’s poem. So by default, it’s the best. It’s also great in its own right, www or no www.

 

About

Posted in Uncategorized by Ian MacDougall on March 4, 2010
Photo Chris Furedy Photo Chris Furedy 

I’m a former science teacher in the Australian Captal Territory school and college system, and used to teach junior science and senior science including physics, chemistry, biology, human biology and astronomy.

Never a dull moment. Also had a licence to drive the Oddie Telescope at Mt Stromlo. The 2003 bushfire unfortunately not only destroyed that beautiful instrument, but also the whole of the rest of the observatory.

These days I am a grazier and inventor working on pumps driven by renewable energy and on educational electronic devices for children. And a musician. And a composer. And a songwriter. And a (minimalist) blogger.

 My latest major work is on Australian Aboriginal history.  It has been a big job to transfer it as a 40,000 word Word document to this blog, but now its done.

 Whenever I can I ski, go bushwalking, ride my mountain bike, go horseriding, go windsurfing and go travelling. I also practice a martial art.

 I have travelled a lot and met a lot of interesting people. I’ve probably seen perhaps 1% of the Earth’s surface close up, and met and talked to about 5,000 of its people. That is, about 0.0001% of its total population.

 My conclusion: not a bad planet, and not a bad bunch on it. Really.

 My other blog by the way is Noah’s Rainbow Serpent.

Ian MacDougall

PS: I don’t do comments, but can be contacted by email, for praise, blame or copies of originals of any documents posted on this site: charlie.honk@live.com .

Charlie, sadly departed but fondly remembered, was our faithful west highland terrier friend. His second name was Honk. (People usually have two. Why not dogs?) I will leave it to you to guess why; but note that the vet did try to cure him.