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I wanted to do something to mark Stan Lee's passing. There isn't much in the way of Marvel-inspired folk music, but I did find this article:
https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/stan-lee-soundtrack-life-1994851
where Stan cites 'Rose Marie' as the first song he fell in love with.

Here is Nelson Eddy singing in the movie of the same name from 1936 ( the second movie adaptation of a 1924 Broadway musical).
Stan would have been 14 when it came out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVo79Xlm9Dc

I replaced Rose Marie with Joannie in honour of Stan's wife of 69 years.

I included a page capture from the first comic that Stan collaborated on character creation for, Mystic Comics #6 in 1941:
http://fullcomic.pro/read-comic-online-mystic-comics-issue-6-81989.html?quality=0

The middle photos are of the many books in my children's room, all heros that I grew up with, that Stan helped create and which mean so much to me and now my children.

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Grizzly Adams was one of my favourite shows as a child, the idea of living free in nature. Probably not as pleasant or simple as the TV show made out, but one can dream. Here is the intro for those who haven't heard of the show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaABMX3oZr4

And the full song sung by Thom Pace:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNk-J2TTt48

Photos from a recent visit to the Chinese Friendship Garden in Sydney.

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Further searching for the works of poet Ossian Macpherson uncovered this poem from 1864:
https://allpoetry.com/poem/14177421-A-Song-for-the-Woolshed-by-John-Alexander-MacPherson

Thanks to Mark Gregory for including it on the Australian Folk Song page:
http://folkstream.com/1075.html

The thumbnail is Tom Roberts' Shearing the Rams from 1890.

Photos are from the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences article by Margaret Simpson:
https://maas.museum/inside-the-collection/2016/03/31/industrial-revolution-wool/

People will be more familiar with this song, but it's earliest published version was 27 years later in 1891:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb2bq5Wjxto

My chords here:
G C G
The sheep are all washed and the fleeces look white,
G Am D
The yards are all full — a most beautiful sight;
G C G
Then fill up the pens, and each brawny arm bare,
C G D G
Quick ! each man to his post, and for shearing prepare.

G C G C G
Then clip, boys, clip; 'Tis music in the ears,
C G D G
The click, click, click, Of the sharp and sparkling shears.

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It has been a month where we could do with some healing. Two mass shootings in the US, another attack here in Australia.

This week marked 2 years since Leonard's passing on 7 November 2016. This week also includes Armistice Day, commemorating one of the most terrible examples of our capacity for violence and destruction.

Here is Leonard live in Berlin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUB1O2cT2gM

This week was also a referendum on the 45th president in the US. This message was for the vote, but it only just appeared in my feed:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmUVy43tqw4

Keep safe, love those around you.

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Thanks to Ann Poore for the photo and the story about this drone invasion from the recent Maldon Folk Festival.
https://www.facebook.com/annpooremusic/

Thanks to Johnny Cash for the inspiration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It7107ELQvY

Lyrics:

Ring of Ire

I bought a brand new drone,
I can control it with my phone,
Used it to sneak a show,
Instead of paying to go

My drone fell into a burning ring of Ire,
It whirred, whirred whirred
but it couldn’t get no higher,
It was on the ground, in a ring of ire,
That ring of ire

The drone, makes a whirring sound,
As I fly, it round and round,
I flew close to the stage,
Invoking, the patrons rage

One of the crowd, with a walking stick,
Well she gave, my drone a flick,
It fell, to the muddy grass,
My drone, was on its arse.

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A few weeks ago I left the bedroom window open. Our room is on the second floor of the house, with a window directly opposite an old pine tree. I spent the hour or so prior to waking being serenaded by the most beautiful birdsong. These little birds have such a fabulous voice.

This song has been done by many people and discussed in detail here:
https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/ifiwasablackbird.html

Apologies for my loose interpretation of the melody until the 2nd chorus! I've based my version on Andy Stewart's performance with Silly Wizard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zxKAeG248E

Which is a different melody to what is usually sung and reminds me of 'The Bold Fenian Men'.

The blackbird is hard to catch with a camera, so it took me a few days to get a photo and also record some of the audio.

The Beatles 'Blackbird' is the obvious other song choice, but I just
couldn't get it to work with bouzouki and it has been covered so many times already on guitar.

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In the course of a recent discussion about how Halloween is 'just a recent import from America', I discovered this beautiful poem from Wootong, Victoria written by a visiting Scotsman in 1864.

The fact that I had to fix up the scanned content on Trove would suggest that no one else has found this one, and I don't see it published anywhere. Trove link here:
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article194723202

I strongly suspect 'Ossian Macpherson' is a pseudonym based on the James Macpherson controversy of the 1700s over his 'discovery' of ancient Irish texts by Ossian.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Macpherson

What a Scotsman was doing in Konongwootong in 1864 is anyone's guess:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konongwootong

Samhain Altar picture by Wilhelmine:
https://www.deviantart.com/wilhelmine
(thanks for permission and sorry it took 2 years)

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The Polyphony Project has made some brilliant recordings of traditional Ukrainian folk music.
http://www.polyphonyproject.com/en/song/BMI_UK16100119

I picked this song to record because it was listed under, "the songs accompanying the rites in the period when mermaids appear".

Some detail on Slavic Mermaids:
https://uamodna.com/en/articles/pro-mavku-promovka/

I don't have a good translation of the song, but the lyrics are:

Васіль, Васіль, Васіль, Васіль, васільочок
Пойдьом, Васіль,Пойдьом, Васіль, у садочок
Сарвом, Васіль, Сарвом, Васіль, там цвєточок
Савйом, Васіль, Савйом, Васіль, там вєночок
Савйом вєнок, Савйом вєнок, пойдом в танок
А в таночку, А в таночку мой нєлюбий
Мой нєлюбий, Мой нелюбий в гуслі грає
Он іграє, Он іграє двє мєнуткє

My best (google translate) guess is that this is a courting or anti-courting song about a boy named Vasil (Basil?). And I think there is a rude joke in the last verse.

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Walking by our local river and seeing the spring ducklings today got me thinking about life and its resilience. I recalled a radio discussion with a biologist last week talking about how everything on the planet is a descendant of that first dividing cell.

Small nod to Jeff Goldblum and his immortal line 'life finds a way'.

Pictures from around town, some from pixabay (creative commons)

Lyrics and Chords here:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/life-will-find-a-way/

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This little snippet of song was written by Monica Martin, then part of the Wisconsin band PHOX. The song isn't published anywhere and it only appears in the mini-documentary about the band, Amor Fati, here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe_WFS05OS0&t=2s

You can watch just the song bit here(with lyrics):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l70DZOWetls

This related tumblr post confirms that Monica wrote the piece:
http://fuckyeahphox.tumblr.com/search/all+I+ever+wanted

I'm not entirely happy with my recording, but wanted to get the song out there so others might check out Phox and Monica's other work.

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If you aren't already watching the great cover songs that Ron Sexsmith has been putting up, I highly recommend having a look:
https://youtu.be/I8GmkN70eHs

Here is another of video of Ron's work, collaboration with Abalone Dots:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K0qpS4spX0

This was a Leonard Cohen song I hadn't heard before. Here is a live performance from 1988:
https://youtu.be/6yC0Qf1Yxn4

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I know this isn't my song, I'm a straight, white male with a job. However, it seems wrong that such a brilliant piece of writing, so relevant to the current social climate should be languishing on an out of print album (Bluegum and Ironbark) and not being sung at every #metoo rally.

There isn't even a live recording of Judith Crossley singing this song anywhere on the Internet (please send me a link if you have one).

I hope to cover a few more of Judith's songs in the future and collect what I can about the life of this remarkable woman.

A very short article here:
https://open.abc.net.au/explore/83574

One of my proudest YouTube moments was getting called a 'Hippie' in the comments on one of my videos.

This song is about proudly owning the SJW slur often used by the enemies of fairness, caring and compassion in our world. Some history on the term here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_justice_warrior

I have used photos of my favourite warriors, some fictional, some real(ish).

The Korra picture is by kyubee:
https://www.zerochan.net/1176230

The others are promotional photos from Xena, Vikings, Mulan, The Last Jedi, included under Fair Use.

You can read more about FakeArt here:
https://www.artslaw.com.au/news/entry/fake-art-harms-culture-campaign/

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This poem by Robert Burns is a wee bit saucy.

Original (and considerably more controversial) words here:
http://www.rbwf.org.uk/brose-and-butter/

Images from pixabay (creative commons) and from this
funny Scottish cooking show:
https://youtu.be/Qqb95Mp18L8

Here are Seanchas performing Brose and Butter:
https://youtu.be/5NXB0EM_Lvs

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I heard Seanchas do this at Folk by the Sea last month, saying they were inspired by Andy Irvine's version, seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhLeZ1HnY9w

A few other people have done this to the tune of "Boulavogue/Father Murphy", including

John Denver!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz9Lp7vpjlc

Jason & Chloe Roweth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwk_xpskVE8

and Raymond Crooke:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJEawKILe_A

I was speaking to Don Brian at the Bush Music Traditions Gathering here in Yass last weekend, and he has an instrumental version on his album 'The Convict Voice', with a tune closer to 'Galway Shawl' attributing the pairing to Simon MacDonald.

According to Wikipedia the author is unknown, but the song was possibly written in 1830:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moreton_Bay_(song)

Lyrics and tune here (Father Murphy Tune):
http://folkstream.com/061.html

Lyrics and tune (Galway Shawl Tune):
http://folkstream.com/062.html

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Leonard gives a brilliant introduction to The Guests in this video from 1979:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxj5fvHpCpc

Detail of the artworks at Sculpture in the Paddock here:
https://www.sculptureinthepaddock.com.au/artists-1

The installation is in place until 7 October 2018.

I thought Leonard would pair nicely with an art exhibition at a winery.

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In 1797, William Clark was part of a group of 17 survivors of a shipwreck (Sydney Cove) off the coast of Tasmania (van Diemen's Land) on a mission to seek help. Their own longboat was wrecked and they had to walk 600 miles up the coast to Port Jackson. William was one of only three survivors.

You can read the transcript and letters related to the incident here:
http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1300541h.html

Historian Mark McKenna talks about the incident here:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-12/lost-story-of-early-sailors-first-contact-with-aboriginal-people/8113458

Mark highlights the two very different ways the interaction with the native population was treated.

Chords and Lyrics here:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/another-mile/

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Two music festivals in a row! This song was done by Seanchas (Shan-ahas) at Folk by the Sea in Kiama on Sunday.
https://www.folkbythesea.com.au/

Here is their version of the song at Fairlight Folk in March this year:
https://youtu.be/6S0Xv6y4Ryc

While this was a Tommy Makem staple and he learned the song from his mother, Sarah, he didn't write it. The tune is also clearly 'Loch Lomond'.

A long mudcat thread on the origins:
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7171

Raymond Crooke also labels this as 'Traditional':
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUXB_VNUAPk

One of my favourite things about a folk festival is leaving with a new song. The Yass Irish and Celtic Music Festival was no exception this year.

I have gone to town with the reverb here, because Fiona Ross sang this beautiful ballad in the restored Lovat Chapel, which rings like a bell.

Here is some background for the ballad:
https://mainlynorfolk.info/peter.bellamy/songs/ladymaisry.html

The tune is from a book published by William Motherwell, 'Minstrelsy Ancient and Modern' in 1827(?) and directly connected to this ballad.

I don't have footage of Fiona's performance, but it was in this style by Sheena Wellington:
https://youtu.be/1IuWKsgkdck

The site for the festival:
https://irishcelticmusicfestival.weebly.com/

The photos are from the performances that I (or my wife) attended over the weekend, unfortunately I didn't get a to see few acts.

Here are the details for the performers mentioned:

Stringline: https://www.facebook.com/Stringline-Folk-Band-1596175373962037/

Witches Leap:https://www.facebook.com/witchesleap/

Dixie Chooks:https://www.facebook.com/DixieChooks/

Jason & Chloe Roweth: https://www.rowethmusic.com.au/

Ann Poore: https://www.facebook.com/annpooremusic

Geraldine & Neil Brosnan: (don't have a site)

The Last Aurochs: http://thelastaurochs.com/

Bruce Watson:http://www.brucewatsonmusic.com/

Kathryn Clements: https://kathrynclements.com/

Fiona Ross: https://fionaross.com.au/

Shona Williams: (no link yet)

Suzette Herft: https://suzetteherft.com/

Lugh Damen: https://lughdamen.com/

My son (4) was fascinated when he saw the Wiggles version and told me all about it.
https://youtu.be/sDFB9_sOCVw

So I did some research and set the words to my own melody.

Here is a fantastic post on SingOut about the ballad with a selection of treatments and links to the analysis of the story:
https://singout.org/2013/05/06/who-killed-cock-robin/

Pictures from H.L. Stephens 1865 book:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17060/17060-h/17060-h.htm

Jury still seems to be out on whether this is an echo of ancient bird (or people) sacrifices, or a satire of current affairs in the 1700s.

The ballad is 494 in the Roud index.

Though Joni was singing this after Nixon's election. I'm sure many outside of America have been feeling the same way since January 2017.

Joni singing live on the Dick Cavett show in 1969:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6z79WMOPtk&t=4s

Spooky men also did this in 2014:
https://youtu.be/XuE-087CMyw

This was a beautiful, heartwarming movie, such a shame is wasn't appreciated by more people.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Showman

A lovely version of this song by the One Voice Children's Choir:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr9QjaB83YA

Here is the official movie segment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9r5PFZihC4

I love being able to show the kids that they can singing anything they hear and want to learn. So amazing to hear their voices grow.

Michael Rosenberg is one of those artists where you watch the album release countdown with anticipation and you click purchase on iTunes the moment the first single links get published. There is never a doubt about the quality of his writing, singing and production.

Here is the brilliant video for this song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN0gaXS8dQE

As an independent artist, Michael is also so generous with his time and talent, doing free (busking) shows wherever he travels and putting the audio from the whole album up on YouTube.

This song, and most of the album, feels so sad. One part of me just wants him to find a partner, but then would his songs about nappies, birthdays and anniversaries be as good? Of course they would!

Last Sunday I had the great pleasure of singing the 'Better than Decent Girls' song that I wrote earlier in the year at the annual commemoration of the Irish Famine Memorial in Sydney.

Unfortunately I didn't get a recording of the performance, but here is the original upload:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGdzk6L7B5s

Thanks to Barbara Barclay, who is currently researching the background of the girls that came from Mayo to Australia for sending me a link to this song:
http://mayoorphangirls.weebly.com/

The song was written by Rosalind and Steve Barnes, but I cannot find any online recordings of their version, just a link to some of their albums, e.g. Patterns in the Sand - 1992 most likely out of print.

Here is a beautiful version by Sean Keane:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4K_U6eGIH4

And an acapella treatment by Iontach:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joTn3ogZAlo

You can learn about the memorial here:
http://www.irishfaminememorial.org/

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Folk singer/songwriter Daniel Kelly from Australia.

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