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The following sample list of Australian songs using American tunes tracks the composer, provenance and approximated date written
And don’t you remember Black Alice, Ben Bolt…..
MY HOME IN TENNESSEE.
YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS/CAMOOWEAL RACES.
GUM TREE CANOE.
“With a thumb on my banjo and a toe on the oar,
Like a feather we’re a-floating,
On my gum tree canoe.”
I collected a version of the Gumtree Canoe from Jim Cargill, Randwick, 1973. Jim had known the song for over 50 years and was originally from Scotland however his version is more like the American text.
JOHN BROWN’S BODY AKA BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
TRAMP TRAMP TRAMP.
REDWINGS. AKA THERE ONCE WAS AN INDIAN MAID
DARLING NELLY GRAY.
DIXIE’S LAND (LOOK AWAY).
THE GAY CABALLERO
THERE’S A GOOD TIME COMING.
LINES OF LOVE.
IN THIS SECTION:
- Minstrelsy Tradition in Australia
- Minstrels and the Banjo
- American influences on Australian traditional music
I would be pleased to receive any additional material on the use of American tunes in Australian traditional music.
Please email me.
© Warren Fahey 2005