SONGS FROM MY SWAG
© Warren Fahey
First published in Australian Folklore Journal No. 20 November 2005. There is an accompanying ‘appreciation’ of Fahey’s work by Robert James Smith (Southern Cross University) in same issue.) Australian Folklore is a yearly journal of Folklife Studies published for the Australian Folklore association, Inc. by the University of New England, Armidale, NSW Editor John Ryan.
The following ramble is a journey into my nigh on forty years as a performer of Australian traditional songs, yarns and verse. It is a meandering journey as I attempt to explain how and why I select material, render it into my noggin, and subsequently, interpret it as a performer and folklorist. I have approached this essay from the perspective of being a collector of folklore and in being so it is a rather personal account. I have no big tickets on myself as a singer – for years I called myself ‘Australia’s best-known shower singer’ – however I do know I have a knack for sharing the songs that have become so much a part of my life. I am a storyteller who sings and these are some of the keys to the how’s, where’s and why’s. In 2006, amazingly, in my sixtieth year, I will be performing with fellow ex-Larrikin, singer and musician, Dave de Hugard, with regional and international touring coordinated by Musica Viva Australia.
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(this is a work in progress and I shall add to it as I get time. Other contributions welcome be you a performer or audience member)