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Australian Ballads: The Early Years

Australian Ballads: The Early Years

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.

Track Listing

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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