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Eric Bogle - Festival Folk Sing


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CD Reviews by Ian Dearden
The Troubador
Foundation, named
for Andrew Pattison’s
legendary Melbourne folk
club and folk festival venue
(sadly missing from both
Woodford and National
Folk Festivals in recent
times, but that’s another
story), has as its mission
to “provide assistance and
encouragement for the
sustainability of Australian
folk culture.”
The Foundation started
with a bequest from a
small group of people,
and continues to rely on
fundraising to carry out
its mission, which has
(among other projects)
assisted in travelling costs
for musicians, provided
assistance with recording
CDs, enabled the purchase
of an old church near
Port Fairy to retain as a
community venue, and
funded a new dance
floor for the National Folk
Festival in Canberra.
The primary source
of funding for this
extraordinarily important
organization is the sale
of a series of CDs titled
“Festival Folk Sing ..” of
which these two CDs are
the second and third, the
first being “Festival Folk
Sing Joni Mitchell”.
Under the stewardship
of the indefatigable Marina
Hurley, combined with
the engineering expertise
of Steve Vella and the
mastering talents of David
Briggs, this ongoing
project has been not only
fi nancially worthwhile, but
artistically brilliant.
The Eric Bogle album is
a single CD, the Bob Dylan
album a double CD.
Between them, they
showcase the cream of
Australian folk music
talent, with a few (foreign)
ring-ins for good measure!
The Eric Bogle album
features Eric himself on
his previously unrecorded
track The Promise.
No such coup with
the Bob Dylan CD, but
that album has two
extraordinary posthumous
contributions, from each
of Alistair Hulett (Just Like A
Woman) and Trevor Lucas
(Forever Young).
Each of these gems on
their own is worth the price
of admission, but there is
so much more spread over
these three CDs.
Speaking of foreign
ring-ins, on the Eric Bogle
album you’ll fi nd Canadian
James Keelaghan covering
Eric’s tribute to the late
Stan Rogers, Safe In The
Harbour, that consummate
English folksinger Martyn
Wyndham-Read covering
Shelter, Irish singer Mary
Black with an exquisite
reading of All The Fine
Young Men and the
irrepressible Vin Garbutt
with an aching No Man’s
On the Bob Dylan
album, Gilly Darbey
sings Just Like A Woman
(couldn’t resist that), and
Roy Bailey connects the
sixties with the present day
in his version of With God
On Our Side.
It’s difficult to single out
individual performances
– every one of more
than forty performers on
these two albums brings
something special and
moving to their readings
of these songs, be they
familiar favourites or
obscure nuggets.
Special mentions
include The Poachers
singing Dylan’s Tomorrow
Is A Long Time, The
Scarecrows with Bogle’s
Singing The Spirit Home
and Russell Morris
tackling Dylan’s classic Mr
Tambourine Man.
There’s also a delicious
pleasure in hearing John
Munro step out from his
usual role as sideman for
Eric Bogle to sing And
The Band Played Waltzing
I’m sure he had no
problem remembering the
words, and shines a new
light on this classic from
the Bogle canon.
It remains to say – these
two albums represent
great (musical) value,
their proceeds will assist
Australian folk music
and musicians in many
different ways, and there
will no doubt be more in
the series (word is that
the next album features
covers of the songs of the
legendary Judy Small).

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 06 June, 2011.