Australian Ballads: The Early Years

Australian Ballads: The Early Years

Seona McDowell FW37335 / FSS 37325

Award-winning folksinger Seona McDowell lends her voice to a collection of traditional Australian ballads on this 1981 recording. Subtitled "The Early Years," the album focuses on the six groups of early settlers to Australia. Many of the songs reflect the English, Irish, and Scottish origins of both settlers and songs, but other selections are home-grown. The best known of them is "Waltzing Matilda," often considered to be Australia’s unofficial national anthem. McDowell is accompanied on the recording by musicians Robbie Brake and Jim Brenner on a variety of stringed instruments. Song origins and lyrics are included in the liner notes.

Year Released 1981
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1981 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Historical Song; World
Country(s) Australia
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Folksong revival; World music

Download Liner Notes

101 Black Velvet Band Seona McDowell 3:17
102 Convict Maid Seona McDowell 2:15
103 Botany Bay Seona McDowell 2:11
104 Moreton Bay Seona McDowell 2:42
105 Lady Franklin's Lament Seona McDowell 2:11
106 With My Swag on My Shoulders Seona McDowell 1:50
107 Cross of the South Seona McDowell 2:42
108 The Old Palmer's Song Seona McDowell 1:48
201 The Wild Colonial Boy Seona McDowell 3:32
202 Matt Brady Seona McDowell 3:20
203 Click Go the Shears Seona McDowell 2:20
204 The Springtime it Brings on the Shearing Seona McDowell 2:25
205 Bold Tommy Payne Seona McDowell 1:57
206 Waltzing Matilda Seona McDowell 2:35
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